Ireland's Ancient East - Dine & Discover - Good Food Ireland Tours

Ireland's Ancient East - Dine & Discover

From EUR 1'380

Journey the East Coast of Ireland and experience the culture and history of Ireland’s Ancient East. Dine in Ireland’s finest restaurants, taste the Irish sea in the fresh fish, the flavour of herds raised on luscious green pastures, marvel at food foraged from the wild. Ireland offers up creamy cheese, wild mushrooms, beautiful butter and fresh produce from fertile soils. Taste the difference, as you travel with our members and expose yourself to the sites and stories of Ancient Ireland, from simple farmhouses, to castles, gardens, markets and a stop-off in Ireland’s food capital.

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Day 1:

Arrive in Ireland’s bustling capital, and check-in to the luxury of Brooks Hotel. Once you’ve settled your bags, and taken in the little touches that make Brooks such a special place to stay, the city awaits. It’s time to head out into the capital for a bite of the famous Irish culture, and a look at the history that still prevails on every street today.

The first stop is the Guinness Storehouse, where the famous black stuff was originally brewed.Make your way to the top of the Storehouse for a spectacular view. You won’t find a better look at Dublin, as you sip a hearty Guinness and look down over the city from the glass walled bar that perches on top of the building. See if you can spot Phoenix Park, Europe’s biggest city park, or Trinity College. It’s all laid out before you, watch the River Liffey wind its way through it all.

Before you leave there’s the option of lunch at 1837 Bar & Brasserie at Guinness Storehouse. Sit down for a heart-warming lunch that will keep you going for a day of sight-seeing.

Wander through Dublin City, perhaps stopping at sights like Dublin Castle, The Ha’Penny Bridge or nipping into Trinity to see the Book of Kells, scribed by no less than three masterful monks in ancient Ireland.

Spend the evening choosing a destination restaurant from a wealth of Good Food Ireland Members. We’ll give you a Good Food Ireland Prepaid MasterCard to spend, and the choice is yours. Try the famous Cornucopia, a vegetarian haven right in the heart of the city centre and only a stone’s throw from your hotel, or perhaps the Ely Wine Bar takes your fancy, where fine-dining and beautiful wines introduce you to the sophistication of modern Irish cuisine, or even Toscana an authentic Italian restaurant using Irish ingredients to give its tradition new life. There are so many to choose from, and we’ll only be too happy to point you in the right direction.

After dinner, take a stroll through Temple Bar’s cobbled streets, have a look at Trinity lit majestically in the dark and slowly make your way back to Brooks for a restful night, where it won’t feel like you’re staying in a bustling city centre at all.

Day 2:

Depart Dublin for the sunny South East of Ireland. Leave early to take in as much of the countryside as possible, stop for a walk on some of Wexford’s famous strands. Here the Irish sea will lap quietly, and you will hear the gentle rush of the wind.

You’re here to visit Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants and the Good Food Ireland HQ. Meet Des Jeffares, whose family have been growing blackcurrants here at Ballykelly House for several generations. Enjoy a tour of the farm and enjoy a tasting of this delicious fruit and their famous blackcurrant cordial. Wexford is famed for its soft summer fruits, and beautiful beaches.

Good Food Ireland will be there too, to offer you a warm welcome and give you lots of hints and tips to take with you on your journey. Enjoy a lunch in Wexford Town, again there’s plenty to choose from. Cistín Eile is one of our favourites, and here you can see hearty traditional Irish cooking given a very modern twist.

In the afternoon, head to Waterford along the coast, the vast ocean peeking at you in glimpses. Check into the Granville Hotel, where you’ll find a lovely family vibe, and be greeted like you’re one of their own. Drop off your bags, and listen to their tips before taking the opportunity to do a walking tour of this historic city with one of Waterford’s energetic storytellers, taking in two cathedrals, four national monuments, and relaying a history that dates back to the Vikings.

Once you’ve had your cultural fill it’s time to retire for dinner at the hotel’s Bianconi Restaurant. Here much of the locally grazed beef, fresh fish and seasonal veg combine to create a winning menu.

Day 3:

Head to Waterford Crystal in the morning, with beautiful glasses, vases and traditionally made treasured wedding gifts produced to the highest quality.

Then make your way to an artisan Craft Distillery and farm in the Kilkenny countryside. Here you will meet the Calder-Potts who are brimming with pride for this 17th century farmyard and 19th century farmhouse. This is a piece of living history and you will stroll through the orchards, where the sun dapples the apples, and there are plenty of tales to be unearthed. Then it’s back to their Craft Distillery for a look behind the scenes and a taste of their delicious range of ciders, gins, vodkas and liquors all distilled right here on the farm.

Once you’ve enjoyed a little tipple, it’s time to head into Kilkenny City. Browse the little winding streets, stop in at character filled bars and pubs for a light bite and a bit of craic, visit the castle and enjoy the hustle of this ancient medieval city.

Make your way leisurely back to Waterford, through rich pastures famous for their grass fed cattle, and dine at Bodega Restaurant. This is seasonal Irish food, with a contemporary twist. Relax with fine wine, and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Return to Granville Hotel for one last night and enjoy a nightcap at the bar, regaling the now familiar faces with your tales from the day.

Day 4:

Stop in at Walsh’s Bakery for a taste of the famous Waterford Blaa, an authentic Irish bread, and a laugh with the passionate Irish bakers, before making the journey to East Cork. Take in the Copper Coast drive along Waterford’s golden beaches. A very scenic trip dotted with gorgeous viewpoints, and a backdrop of grazing pasture.

En route, stop off in Dungarvan for a tour of a local Craft Brewery for an insightful talk into their brewing process. Learn the ingredients and time that goes into creating their craft beers, before experiencing the rich flavours for yourself.

Your next stop is Ballymaloe Cookery School, nestled in the Cork countryside. Here you’ll experience a hearty welcome and a tour of the school’s vegetable gardens. This is a place where a commitment to seasonal Irish cooking and local produce has created the Allen family dynasty of cooking.

Afterward, retire to the family home at Ballymaloe House. Enjoy a hearty welcome from the Allen family, and enjoy a divine meal in their restaurant that evening. Perhaps listen to warm tales by a roaring fire, before indulging in a little night cap and heading to bed in a gorgeous country house room. Think linens, soft colours, and leaf fringed sills. There’s no finer taste of authentic Irish country house living than Ballymaloe.

Day 5:

Head to Cork to visit the Butter Museum and afterwards to the English Market and enjoy light lunch in Farmgate Café run by Kay Harte and her daughter Rebecca.

Return to Ballymaloe to freshen up before experiencing the 12 mile Dinner at Sage Restaurant Cork a Culinary expression of great produce sourced from within 12 miles of their front door.

Afterwards, head back to Ballymaloe House, for a night cap, and a long soak in the bath, before curling up for another night in the folds of this elegant country home.

Day 6:

It’s time to leave Ireland’s food capital and make your way back to Ireland’s capital. Wind down the windows and breathe in fresh country air as you wheel your way back to our central city. Stop off in Kildare, taking in the rolling greens of The National Stud where horses are often on show, If you’ve time why not get out and take a walk around. It’s a beautifully scenic area.

Lunch will be at Hartes of Kildare. Here they take seasonal ingredients and present them in simply delicious ways. An inspiring presentation that makes it a true highlight on Ireland’s gastropub scene. Delight over finest steaks, fresh fish and a monumental variety of dishes and desserts. Make sure to get your fill, because you won’t taste food like this elsewhere.

Return to the bustling Capital, drop off your bags at Brooks Hotel, where they will be waiting to hear how your journey has been. This evening is yours to enjoy, take a leisurely stroll to see any of the sights you might have missed. Perhaps hop on an open topped bus, or take a medieval Viking tour, before settling into Francesca restaurant in Brooks for a superb locally produced last supper.

Day 7:

Wake to the elegance of a breakfast at Brooks. Choose from a full menu brimming with Irish produce, traditional breakfasts, elegant compotes and seasonal food. Savour every last bite, before checking out and making your way to Dublin Airport for departure.

Two Nights’ Bed and Breakfast at Brooks Hotel in Dublin’s City Centre
Dinner at Brooks Hotel
Connoisseur Experience at Guinness Storehouse
Taste and Tour of Mr Jeffares Blackcurrant Farm
Two Nights' Bed and Breakfast at Granville Hotel
Dinner at Bianconi Restaurant in Granville Hotel
Entrance to Waterford Crystal
Talk and Tasting at Craft Distillers Kilkenny
Dinner at Bodega Restaurant in Waterford City
Tour and Tasting at Craft Brewery
Guided Tour of Award Winning Vegetable Gardens
Two Nights’ Bed and Breakfast at Ballymaloe Country House
Dinner at Ballymaloe Country Restaurant
Entrance to the Butter Museum
Proucers Plate at Farmgate Café at the English Market
12 Mile dinner at Sage Restaurant, Midleton
Lunch at Hartes, Kildare
€100 Good Food Ireland Prepaid Roaming Gourmet Card

Route

  1. Dublin
  2. Drinagh Wexford
  3. Granville Waterford
  4. Kilkenny
  5. Granville Waterford
  6. Dungarvan
  7. Ballymaloe
  8. English Market
  9. Midleton
  10. Kildare
  11. Dublin