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John and Sally McKennas' Guides

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

There is a simple aim to Ireland The Best: to create a book that is the only book you need in order to get the best out of the country. 

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Sign up for our Megabites Newsletter, a blog which brings you all the latest contemporary news of the best food and food people in Ireland, including all that’s new on the Wild Atlantic Way.

100 Best Places to Stay

Top of the Rock Pod Pairc & Walking Centre features in our 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2019

Irish Regional Foods

Miena's Handmade Nougat is one of our featured Irish Regional Foods.
Donard, Wicklow

In Ireland's Ancient East

Azzurro Restaurant is in Ireland's Ancient East
Dock Road, Dunmore East, County Waterford.

Around Northern Ireland

Shu is on our Northern Ireland Route
253 Lisburn Road, Belfast, County Antrim

City Guides

Our series of City Guides will help you to navigate to the places with the best cooking in the city. Congratulations to Galway, which will be European Capital of Culture 2020. What an achievement for the city! Up first are the city guides to Galway, Limerick and Cork.

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The McKennas’ Guide Plaque is the most respected badge of merit in Irish contemporary food, awarded only to those who are described in our guides. Our 2019 plaque is now available to order online.

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