Sirloin steak for 98p and more on this 1972 Dublin kitchen menu


If there’s anything that could further accentuate the steadily rising cost of living and the general presence of inflation, it’s the reappearance of a 1970s food menu.

In a recent tweet, content consultant Karen Berry shared a food menu for the Gresham Hotel in Dublin circa 1972 – and you can guarantee that at the time there were locals angry for paying 5p whole for a cup of coffee. Cue James Blunt song about wishing we were back in 1973, please DJ.

The full menu can be seen below, but highlights certainly include cream of chicken soup for 12p, fries for 45p and a selection of cheeses (cheddar, camembert or Danish blue) for 15p a pop.

At that time in Ireland, the average salary was around €30. A high level of inflation throughout the 1970s contributed to average nominal income growth of 18% per year. Despite this high inflation, average incomes have been growing at a faster rate than the cost of goods and services, with real incomes increasing by an average of 4.8% per year.

Comments under the tweet recall that the Gresham is ‘the fanciest place in town’ and ‘out of reach for ‘ordinary people'”, indicating that you probably could have gotten a meal for much less in other places. restaurants in Dublin.

What about a return to these prices for a single day type event at the Gresham? I call dibs on the 50p lamb chops.

Header image via Instagram/riuplazadublin

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