Series 4: In the fourth part of our Landmarks for foodies series we head to Ireland’s Ancient East, an ideal route for a gastronomic holiday! You’ll find a wealth of producers all along the route, and many vibrant farmer’s markets in the historical towns and villages (Not to mention a diversity of dining options as you cross several beautiful counties). Landmarks are located in Wicklow, Kilkenny Waterford and Kildare.
Wicklow has no shortage of places to indulge your inner foodie. Our guests recommend The Happy Pear in Greystones. You can pop in for a delicious vegetarian lunch or buy food take away to bring back to the Lighthouse. Others have suggested taking a picnic of Prosecco and strawberries to the Waterfall at Powerscourt. The Lighthouse restaurant in Wicklow town comes highly recommended for delicious fresh fish in uncomplicated surroundings with great service.
Avoca the Wicklow food company have a Café at Powerscourt House where you can go the full hog and eat multiple courses, or just nip in for coffee and a slice of something delicious.
Wicklow boasts numerous farmers markets such as the one at Macreddin Village, Aughrim (30km from the lighthouse, runs April – October) selling Wild and Organic foods, cheeses, chutneys, crepes, fruit, veg, meat, and fish .
Guests have recommended The Delgany Grocer, which is about a 20 minute drive from the Lighthouse. It has a food hall with bakery, coffee house, butchers, café and a grocery selling fresh vegetables, dairy, dry goods and fish.
The above is just a sample, we highly recommend doing some research before you visit and get out an explore all that Wicklow has to offer when you arrive.
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Kilkenny is not short of places to keep the foodie in your life happy. In addition to a fine selection of places to eat Kilkenny is also home to the Savour Kilkenny festival .
Savour Kilkenny runs over the October Bank Holiday Weekend and brings together local and national top quality food produce, talented Chefs and a mix of tasty food options in the food market. Foodworks in Kilkenny City has come recommended for something casual and Campagne or Lady Helen in Mount Juliet for something really special.
If staying local Guests have recommended going into Mc Graths and Kavanaghs pubs in nearby Freshford for a step back in time and great Guinness.
Of course cooking in Clomantagh is also a joy, the Kitchen is well equipped with a range, cooker and a good supply of utensils. So you can stock up on arrival and prepare a medieval feast fit for King Arthur if you like!
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With its fish rich seas, beaches, hidden coves and lush green fields Waterford is home to some of the best produce in the Country. One of the best things about Waterford is the food, particularly in the market town of Dungarvan and the seaside village of Ardmore.(both approximately 30 minutes from Salterbridge Gatelodge)
Ardmore, is home to the renowned Cliff House Hotel. House Restaurant at the Cliff House has a Michelin star or you can eat in the bar for something more easygoing. Guests have commented on the beautiful food, warm service and the eye-stretching views over the ocean.
West Waterford Festival of food takes place in Dungarvan every April and is a showcase of the food of the region. You can experience foraging trails, bus tours, cooking demos, dining experiences from high end to very casual plus of course farmers markets. Dungarvan is also home to the renowned Tannery restaurant and is well recommended by guests.
Foley’s in Lismore town comes recommended for a casual bite.
In Cappoquin, a few kilometres away, is Barron’s Bakery, a West Waterford institution. It is run by Esther Barron, whose family has been baking in brick ovens here since 1887, and its café is suffused with the smell of fresh loaves. delicious for breakfast!
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Castletown Round House and Gate House and Batty Langley Lodge are located in the grounds at Castletown House in Celbridge. Guests have reported that Canteen in Celbridge is excellent. Or if you are cooking in, Jane Russells famous sausages hail from Kilcullen Co. Kildare and are ideal for a hearty breakfast.
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Batty Langley Lodge
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