At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham
The restaurant scene in Ireland is vibrant, and focussed on using the best of local produce prepared in traditional style with a modern twist. Barry selected interesting and innovative restaurants for our group dinners, and his recommendations in each town always pointed us the very best available dining. Here are our favourites:
An Port Mor – Westport
Westport is an unremarkable town but An Port Mor produced the best culinary experience of the tour. Succulent sweet pig cheeks matched with black pudding and a light salad, a great starter made with local produce prepared by skilled chefs who obviously care about their customers. Brilliant.
Fishy Fishy – Kinsale
Kinsale’s own celebrity chef, Martin Shanahan, serves a fine selection of meals from the fruits of the sea, the fish pie is simple and sublime.
Max’s Wine Bar – Kinsale
Simply the best roasted pork belly I have had in a long time; the succulent, rich flesh and crunchy crisp crackling a perfect combination.
The Farm – Dublin
The organic offerings at The Farm are modern twists on traditional Irish favourites, and proved a great venue for our first group dinner.
Out of the Blue – Dingle
Great local seafood prepared with care and flair by the chefs at Out of the Blue, bookings are a must for a larger group or if its on your must try list.
An Canteen – Dingle
Dingle is awash with great restaurants, and Au Canteen is a fine dining gem tucked away from the main tourist traffic. Go early or book a table to ensure you get to try their fine cuisine.