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Irish Regional Food & Drink

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

A hidden mosaic of talented food artisans underpin Ireland’s food culture. We discovered the first generation of these brilliantly creative people more than 25 years ago, when we found out that there was a subterranean food culture blossoming throughout Ireland, a world where talented folk crafted cheeses, smoked fish, grew crops organically, looked after rare-breed animals, ran great butcher's shops and little bakeries.

And since then, the health and wealth of Ireland’s regional artisan economy has grown in a way that we could never have predicted. In areas where there used to be no choice – beer; bacon; bread; gin; pubs; chocolate – today we all can experience the Paradox of Choice: will I have this bean-to-bar chocolate? or this IPA? or this craft gin? or this loaf of sourdough bread? or this sea salt ice cream? There was never such a delicious paradox as we have today, thanks to Ireland’s regional food artisans.

100 Best Places Paperback
This comprehensive and independent guide to Ireland gives you the best recommendations, whatever your budget. Over 2000 recommendations for every type of adventure. Local experts John and Sally McKenna are your personal guides to the very best of Ireland. Buy online.


The plaques and certificates from McKennas’ Guides are displayed by establishments that have been personally inspected and approved, and who are members of the McKennas’ Guides food community. Order your 2020 Plaques and certificates now!

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Featured Irish Artisan Food & Drink Producers

Sunflower Bakery Limerick
Ballycummin Village, Limerick
Naturally Wild Clare
Lahinch, Co Clare
Hugo's Lahinch, Clare
Lahinch, Co Clare
Connemara Smokehouse
Connemara Smokehouse, Bunowen Pier, Ballyconneely, Clifden, County Galway.
Dun Artisan Bakery
64 Main Street, Dungarvan, Co Waterford

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