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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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100 Best Places to Stay

The Headfort Arms Hotel features in our 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland 2019

Irish Regional Foods

Big Red Kitchen is one of our featured Irish Regional Foods.
Simonstown Lane, Navan, Co Meath

In Ireland's Ancient East

Firehouse Bakery at the Delgany is in Ireland's Ancient East
The Delgany Inn, Delgany Village, Wicklow

Around Northern Ireland

Rayanne House is on our Northern Ireland Route
Bernie and Conor McClelland, 60 Demesne Road, Holywood.

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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