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High up in West Waterford’s wonderfully away-from-it-all Nire Valley, the Wall family’s gloriously rural country guesthouse in Ballymacarbry Co Waterford has welcomed guests since 1986 - so they’ve had plenty of practice in getting things right for guests
Rua, on Castlebar's Spencer Street, where there is also a bakery and delicatessen - is the second branch of the business and has become a mecca for food lovers from all over the west and north west of Ireland (and beyond)
Steeped in centuries of history and atmosphere, The King’s Head is a destination food pub in the centre of Galway. Looking out onto busy High Street, the comparatively small frontage belies its extent over three floors, and it could be said to be the original super-pub.
Siblings Michael and Laura Cashman took over the lease of this famous waterside pub in 2012 and it’s a really pleasant spot - very well kept, but simple and appropriate. The welcome note on the front of the menu explains their aims...
Fun, quirky and always busy, Kai (meaning food in Maori) is the brainchild of chef Jess Murphy, a New Zealander who, with her Irish husband David front-of-house, converted this former tearoom café on Galway city’s Westside to create a rustic café and restaurant with a casual vibe and loads of atmosphere.
Eugene Long and his wife Sinead Frisby established their culinary credentials in the South-East some years ago at ‘Coast’ and the original Banyan, in Tramore, which attracted critics from all over while they were there - and then, in late 2010, a short move to this lovely space above Mother McHugh’s pub put the small village of Fenor firmly on the food lovers' map.
In common ownership with the boutique Brook Lane Hotel, Dermot and Una Brennan’s popular restaurant in the centre of Kenmare stands out for the pride that the owners and their head chef, Joe Ryan, take in showcasing the best of local produce - even in a town that has earned such a name for its food.
Just an hour from Dublin, the O'Flynn family’s romantically rambling country house has a wonderfully away-from-it all atmosphere - and this quietly luxurious place has always been renowned for good food. Long before ‘local and seasonal’ came into its own on a national basis, that was just the way things were done around here, with food from the farm and the walled garden taking its rightful place on the table along with the best of other Irish foods.
Welcome is the byword at Frankie Mallon's deservedly popular Westport restaurant, you feel it from the moment you enter - or even when you visit the website, where the language on the home page conveys a warm feeling that both customers and suppliers are valued and respected.
Run by the famous catering sisters Domini and Peaches Kemp and food writer and consultant Hugo Arnold, Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen is an unusual café in the basement of Trevor White’s much-loved Little Museum of Dublin.