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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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Irish Regional Foods

Coolattin Cheddar is one of our featured Irish Regional Foods.
Knockeen, Tullow, County Carlow.

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

James Street South is on our Northern Ireland Route
21 James Street South Belfast, County Antrim, BT2 7GA

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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