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Where to Eat & Drink in Ireland

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Where to eat and drink in Ireland

Looking for some fantastic dining out opportunities in Ireland? Our handy eating and drinking guide divulges the best bars, restaurants, pubs and cafés to visit during your stay

While exploring the ancient landscapes, historical sites and thriving cities, make sure to stop off at some of the many superb places to eat in Ireland. Dublin has a flourishing café scene, with new and exciting venues focussing on high quality and locally sourced ingredients opening regularly. Make sure to grab a coffee and a bite to eat at Fia based in Rathgar, or a fantastic raspberry cheesecake brownie at Camerino Bakery & Café. However, this trend is not just restricted to Dublin; there are many other cafes in Ireland providing such delicious food and relaxed atmosphere. One such example being Kai Café and restaurant in Galway, an award-winning eatery providing fantastic food and cakes with an interesting twist.

Fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce is a staple for many of the restaurants in Ireland. The Fatted Calf in the riverside town of Athlone, offers a menu focussed on such ingredients, providing mouth-watering meals that are beautifully prepared. To take advantage of Ireland’s Oyster season in September, head to Moran’s Oyster Cottage in Kilcolgan. The three-hundred year venue offers a wide variety of freshly caught seafood as well as the exquisite Clarenbridge Oysters.

Ireland is renowned for its atmospheric, authentic pubs. Stop off at Left Bank Bar in Kilkenny, this converted bank has become a destination for locals and tourists alike, offering a large social bar area, an outdoor heated terrace bar, live music and fabulous food. While in Dublin, pop into one of the most famous pubs in Ireland, The Stags Head. Known as the backbone of the Temple Bar area, this cosy nineteenth century pub offers a traditional atmosphere, complete with live music each night.

Our guide to food and drink in Ireland offers a magnitude of places to sample the local cuisine.

  • Café Paradiso

    This County Cork café presents an innovative, striking vegetarian menu, with all dishes being matched with a delicious wine from a carefully crafted list. Café Paradiso provides the ultimate meatless dining experience.

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  • Moran’s Oyster Cottage

    The ultimate Irish seafood experience – Moran’s farm the finest Galway oysters in naturally optimum conditions to make it one of Western Ireland’s must-visits. As well as baking their own bread and presenting an array of other seafood dishes, this 19th century restaurant really is one-in-a-million.

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  • The Dough Bros

    Delicious wood-fired pizza served in an amicable, fun environment. Watch your food being prepared in style with an ice-cold beer to accompany it.

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  • The Granary

    Set in an 1870s granary, this welcoming café prides itself on serving superior homemade food in a relaxing, friendly environment. The Granary has won no less than seven McKenna Guide awards since its opening in 2006.

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  • The Quay Street Kitchen

    Tucked away on one of Galway’s busy side streets, The Quay Street Kitchen serves a fine range of meticulously presented food in a traditional Irish environment. As well as patriotic Irish lamb, mussels and ale, this affectionate bar/restaurant also offers some exquisite continental dishes to tickle your taste buds.

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