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All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland. A local guide to local places.

The Marker Hotel by Eamon Barrett

Five Star hotels can be lovely places to be but often they suffer from a singular problem : the management are so proud of their property, they forget about the guests! It sounds like an obvious statement but all too often hospitality and that sense of a genuine welcome, not to mention actual service, are demoted to second place as managers preen about the plushness of the carpets.

Achill Lamb by John McKenna

Almost twenty years ago, we came up with a little formulation in an attempt to describe Irish artisan foods. Rather than focusing on turnover, the number of employees, the number of outlets served, and so on, we adopted a completely abstract matrix. Artisan food, we suggested, was defined by the Four P's:
The Place;
The Person;
The Product;
The Passion.

10 Hot Places for Summer #HotChefs

Okay, so we could point your summer travels in certain sure fire directions as you head off on holidays – don't miss KAI in Galway which is excelling itself each and every day; don't miss Vasco in Fanore which is an archetype of the true WAW experience; don't miss Harry's Bar in Bridgend where chef Derek Creagh is offering incredible food at incredible prices; don't miss 1826 in Adare where Wade Murphy is on top form; don't miss Deasy's in Ring, just outside Clonakity where Caitlin Ruth and her team will blow you away; don't miss the chowder and the fried fish in The Long Dock in Carrigahol

Vasco on the Wild Atlantic Way - Review by John McKenna

Vasco is the Aleph of the Wild Atlantic Way, the one that contains all, the point from which you can see everything.
For a start, it's a smashing, coastside room that is filled with light: just walking through the door energises you. All the things you hope to find on the WAW – space; light; time; discovery; informality; the promising stop whilst on the road – all seem to be here in a space where Karen runs front of house and Ross cooks.

#BestSandwichInIreland [video] - The Stuffed Olive

Our search for #BestSandwichInIreland brings us to a West Cork Classic: the Skeaghanore duck, Gubbeen cheese, red onion jam and salad sandwich from The Stuffed Olive in Bantry. Trish Messom and her daughters, Grace and Sarah, run this much loved café, where everything is made from scratch each morning, beginning with the bread for the sandwiches.

The Stuffed Olive is on Facebook

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The New Exchequer Bar in Ranelagh, by Caroline Byrne

There’s a new hottest spot in Dublin for brunch and, unfairly, it’s in Ranelagh. Don’t they have enough ‘top’ things already? With Dillinger’s for top notch American style dining, Michie Sushi for the only show in town sushi-wise, Kinara Kitchen for the best casual Indian and Pakistani cooking you’ll find, The Butcher Grill for meat feasts, La Bodega for authentic tapas, Redmond’s for wine and beer, and Pinocchio for Italian wine and grazing at its most laid-back – can’t help feeling a little bitter about this Dublin 6 food haven becoming more haven-ey.

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