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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.

Ireland the Best

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.


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. Plaques and certificates for 2019 will be available on this site early October.

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Featured Irish Artisan Food & Drink Producers

22 Connolly Street, Clonakilty, West Cork
Riverstown, County Sligo
Abbeyleix, County Laois
Highbank Orchards, Cuffesgrange, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny.
Inchybridge, Timoleague, County Cork
Portlough House, Rooskey, Newtowncunningham, Lifford, County Donegal

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