Coffee shops in Cork
Being surrounded by farmland, this city has a big foodie history. Today visitors can find excellent charcuterie from The English Market, cafés serving blood sausage on toast for brunch and restaurants and coffee shops galore. Cork City is a good point of start a trip around the county to find black pudding, smoked fish and the renowned Ballymaloe cookery school and farm.
Galway is home to the Michelin-starred, 25-seater Nordic-inspired restaurant Aniar, run by chef JP McMahon, who’s also behind the March food bonanza, Galway Food Festival. Elsewhere, there is another Michelin-starred dining room, Loam, two more restaurants owned by McMahon, and the fine food shop and deli, McCambridge’s.
A Dublin tot
Ireland’s capital should feature high up on any tasting tip to Ireland. There are smooth malts to try on a tour at the new Teeling family distillery near Grand Canal; floury blaa buns stuffed with smoked meats from Hatch & Sons; flatbread-style pizzas from Skinflint; and Dublin fish and chips to sample at the weekday Irish Village Market.
Food trail in Kilkenny
Such was the quality of food and produce that after Kilkenny was voted Foodie Town of Ireland in 2014; a new Kilkenny Food Trail was set up. There’s a trout farm where you can try Irish caviar; an award-winning cheese farm, Knockdrinna Cheese; and honey cider from Highbank Orchards. Then there are the delis, Lavistown butch and two Michelin-starred restaurants, Campagne and Lady Helen, to keep you occupied.
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