Dr Michael Martin's Good Food Ireland - Irelands Ancient East - Good Food Ireland Tours

Dr Michael Martin's Good Food Ireland - Irelands Ancient East

From EUR 1'600

This seven night / 8 day tour of Ireland's Ancient East will take you on a culinary journey with a historic twist.

This tour and its itinerary has been specially created by Good Food Ireland and Dr Michael Martin, historian and author. It explores and exposes the visitor to the very best of Good Food Ireland establishments, while tapping into the treasures and wonders of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Beginning in the Garden of Ireland you will journey South through the historic city of Waterford staying in luxury and enjoying the very best that nature has to offer including an Owl or Falconry session.

Travelling South West then to the historic city of Cork where you will enjoy a personal guided tour of the famous Titanic trail with Dr Michael Martin. 

Delve into a gourmet filled few days here then return to the East coast via historic kilkenny for a night of opulence at The Mount Juliet Estate. Enjoy a 9 course tasting menu with wine pairings and a nights' stay in their magnificent rooms before you head back to Dublin, stopping off at a craft distillery en route for a private tour and tasting.

Relax for your final two nights in the capital and get a taste of a Traditional Irish Dance / Music Show at the Merry ploughboy where the craic will be mighty!

Tour suitable for individuals or groups.
Car hire or coach transport not included.


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Day 1: County Wicklow

Begin your Good Food Ireland Tour of Ireland’s Ancient East in the ‘Garden of Ireland’ -  Wicklow - This county boasts leafy glens, rambling rivers and Irelands second highest mountain. It was an area of monastic contemplation and one of the places reputedly visited by St Patrick - staying at the magnificent Brooklodge Hotel and Spa.

Enjoy a personal guided tour of the Cheese cellar and vegetable gardens, source of the ingredients used in the organic Strawberry Tree Restaurant where you will enjoy their 9 course tasting menu. Relax that evening in your country house style bedroom offering a spacious yet homely feel and featuring four poster or sleigh beds, wood panelled window seats to relax and enjoy amazing views, deep baths and crisp linen.

Day 2:

After a sumptuous organic breakfast, head South to Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club Resort where you will get the opportunity to handle, fly and feed an owl. A definite photo opportunity!  That evening dine from the A La Carte Menu of renowned Chef Jenny Flynn before retiring, after a nightcap of two, to bed in your Master Room with spectacular views over the golf course or the estuary of the River Suir. 

Day 3: County Cork

The Largest county in Ireland often referred to as the rebel county. Cork offers a wide range of exposure to the very heart of Irish heritage. It was the seat of great chieftains and the breadbasket of supplies for ships that searched distant oceans in the search for new worlds.

Another fine breakfast awaits to set you up for your journey Westwards to Cork, Ireland’s Food Capital. Make your way to the fabulously modern River Lee Hotel where you will dine and stay this evening. Drop off your bags then pop out to enjoy a relaxing stroll around Corks infamous English Market before heading back to The Weir Bistro in The River Lee Hotel, where you will enjoy a specially devised English Market Tasting Menu featuring Good food Ireland producers.

Day 4

Wake to an indulgent breakfast then head to Cobh to meet Michael Martin historic guide of Corks’ Titanic Trail for a heritage walking tour of Cobh, recounting the history of Cobh & Cork Harbour.  Afterwards head back to the River Lee to freshen up, before a chauffeur arrives to whisk you away to Sage Restaurant in Midleton where you will taste food sourced from within a  12 mile radius - 'A culinary expression of great produce sourced within 12 miles of our front door',  says owner and Chef Kevin Aherne, which gives customers a real taste of the area.   

Return to the River Lee Hotel for a deep slumber.

Day 5: County Kilkenny

This county is filled with the stories and legends of Ireland’s Ancient East. Castles and stories of prominent political dynasties dot the landscape and contrast magnificently with darker tales of witchcraft, intrigue, fairy forts and rings.

Wake to a full breakfast, before packing your bags and heading East again to Kilkenny to stay a night of luxury and opulence in the fabulous Mount Juliet Estate. Enjoy a personalised tour of Mount Juliet Estate, taking in a church ruin, rolling golf courses, fishing lakes and the stud as your host explains the history of the grand estate.

Enjoy a cup of elegant tea in the lounge, a stay by the fire, or head upstairs to get glammed up for your extravagant supper. This will be a 9 Course Tasting menu, paired with wines that will mingle and enhance the flavours. You will meet Chef Ken Harker, who will explain the wonder that’s in store. Then sit back and sip, as plate after plate of culinary brilliance is placed before you. Discuss each dish at length, you won’t be able to help yourself, and drink in the elegant dining experience that is The Lady Helen Restaurant.Retire to a long soak in the tub, and relax for the night curled up in the lap of luxury.

Day 6: Dublin City

Once a Viking settlement, Dublin grew to be considered the second most important city of the British empire. However it became the centre piece in the struggle for Ireland’s independence. Today it brims with a proud exposition of the tradition of literature, music, theatre and history all easily accessible and readily enjoyed at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East

Wake to an impressive breakfast brimming with Ireland’s finest yoghurts, cheeses, oats and meats. Then head to a local apple farm and artisan distillers, where you will tour their Orchards, stroll beneath sun dappled trees and taste the fruits of their labour in craft gins, vodkas, and ciders. Afterwards make your way back to Dublin to stay two nights in the elegant and sophisticated Brooks Hotel in the heart of Dublins’ Shopping area.

Dine this evening in Francesca Restaurant in Brooks Hotel enjoying a sumptuous dinner using locally sourced ingredients before retiring for a luxurious nights’ rest.

Day 7:

Traditional Irish Evening of Live Music, Food & Dance

Wake to a delightful breakfast before setting out to explore the city, perhaps take a trip to Christ Church Cathedral and witness some of the monumental history that remains undisturbed in Dublin’s City Centre.This evening you will enjoy a Traditional Irish Dinner & live traditional Irish Music, Song and Irish Dancing Show. You will be picked up by Shuttlebus at the steps to the Shelbourne at 6.30pm and dropped back later that night. Enjoy dinner then sit back and enjoy the show, or if you’re feeling emboldened there’ll be plenty of opportunity to dance the night away to traditional tunes in the heart of Dublin’s night life.

Retire to Brooks Hotel to sleep off the shenanigans.

Day 8:

Yours to Explore and Fond Farewell Gourmet Gift Box

Indulge in one last Brooks' Breakfast, before packing your bags, and your Good Food Ireland Gift Box, so that you’ll always remember your gourmet culinary experience in Dublin.

  • 9 Course Tasting menu at the Organic Strawberry Tree Restaurant
  • Overnight Bed and Full Breakfast at The Brooklodge Hotel and Spa
  • One Hour Owl Handling Experience
  • Stay and Dine at the luxurious Faithlegg House Hotel
  • English Market Tasting Menu at The Weir Bistro
  • Two Nights Bed and Full Breakfast at The River Lee Hotel
  • Personal Historic Guided Tour of The Titanic Trail Cobh
  • Chauffer driven trip to experience Kevin Ahernes 12 Mile Dinner Menu at Sage Restaurant
  • Private Personal Tour of Mount Juliet Estate
  • 9 Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings at The Michelin Star Lady Helen Restaurant
  • Overnight Bed and Full Breakfast at the Luxurious Mount Juliet Estate
  • Personal Tour and Tasting of Artisan Distillery and Organic Farm
  • Two Nights Bed and Full Breakfast at the Sophisticated Brooks Hotel
  • Locally Produced Dinner at The Francesca Restaurant
  • Traditional Irish Evening of Live Music, Food and Dance
  • Good Food Ireland Gourmet Gift Box




  1. Brooklodge Wicklow
  2. Faithlegg House Waterford
  3. River Lee Hotel Cork
  4. Mount Juliet Kilkenny
  5. Brooks Hotel Dublin