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Our new recommendations on the Wild Atlantic Way

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

The new, 2015 edition of our book, Where to Eat and Stay on the Wild Atlantic Way, is now for sale in good bookshops and available to order online here, as well as coming at you in a funky WAW app, available from the Apple and Google stores.

The book has increased in size by 10% in just 8 months, with lots of brilliant new arrivals making their mark on the West Coast. Here are some newbies you shouldn't miss as you travel the WAW. The photos (right) are all from Biteclub in Galway which is a real don't-miss when you find yourself in Ireland's funkytown

Biteclub, Galway
Galway's hippest new destination isn't even in our new 2015 WAW guide, but you just need to know about John Gillen's eclectic, surreal and stonkingly fine streetfood discotheque.
Bite are on Facebook.

The Idle Wall, Westport, Co Mayo
“Her food actually makes you proud, and a little smug, to be Irish” is how our correspondent summed up Aine Maguire's cooking in The Idle Wall, the hottest new Westport got-to-get-to. theidlewall.ie

Dough Bros., Galway
The Bros. have gone from food cart to bricks and mortar – on Upper Abbeygate Street in the heart of the city – in just a year, and their pizzas explain their success with every slice you eat. thedoughbros.ie

Rustic Grub, Clarinbridge, Co Galway
Maria McNeela's assured and earthy cooking has made her the star turn of Clarinbridge, so pull up outside Sherry's Bar and get ready for salt and pepper sprats with lemon mayonnaise and the best pizza in the county. Rustic Grub are on Facebook.

Grannys Coffee House, Oughtmara, Co Clare
Kasha and John Connolly's beautiful café is just one element of their inspired Hazel Montain Chocolate complex, one of only 4 bean-to-bar chocolatiers in Ireland. hazelmountainchocolates.com

Lir, Kilkee, Co Clare
Deirdre Daly's café and restaurant may be in the golf course at Kilkee, but never mind that; you are here for Ms Daly's beautiful cooking, and for the astonishing views. Lir are on Facebook.

Daroka in Ballybunion, Co Kerry
Dan O'Brien made a mighty name for himself when cooking at Vaughan Lodge in Lahinch, and he now has his own name over the door in Ballybunion. Mr O'Brien's cooking is simple, yet the flavours and textures he unveils are mesmerising. daroka.ie

Mulcahy's, Kenmare, Co Kerry
Bruce Mulcahy has moved his restaurant, to Market Street in pretty Kenmare, so that is where you head to now in order to enjoy the finest cooking in this food loving town.

Kalbo's @ Uillinn, Skibbereen, Co Cork
A new café at the striking new arts centre – you can't miss it – and with the brilliant Siobhan O'Callaghan of Kalbo's in charge, the offer of soups, sandwiches and cakes is simply peerless. westcorkartscentre.com

Dillons, Timoleague, Co Cork
Richard Milnes is one of the best west Cork chefs, and it's brilliant to see this cutting-edge talent at work in the legendary Dillon's of Timoleague.

Bruno's, Kinsale, Co Cork
William Barry of the McKennas Guides loved Bruno's, and he's not the only one: there is an ongoing discussion as to whether anyone else cooks a better pizza than the imaginative and original creations that fly out of their pizza oven. Aside from the pizzas, everything else is very fine, and don't miss the Italian wines Tom and Fiona import themselves. Bruno's are on Facebook.

 

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