While Ireland might not be known as a culinary destination, there are many local dishes just waiting to be tried.
Colcannon – A mashed combination of potatoes and kale, usually flavoured with spring onions. There are so many varieties to choose from, pick your favourite.
Irish stew – Though it comes in many forms, the basic recipe is the same – meat, usually mutton, stewed for hours with vegetables and potatoes in a rich brown sauce.
Soda bread – An Irish staple, delicious buttermilk based bread served a variety of ways but almost always with a slathering of butter.
Boxty – One of several takes on serving potatoes. Grated and boiled, the patties are then sliced, diced and fried or served as pancakes, depending on who’s cooking for you. Served with all sorts of sides, this is comfort food.
Beer – It goes without saying that Guinness is the marque most wellknown in Dublin, so do try it but don’t forget the wealth of other brands just waiting to be tried – from hardy Irish ales to lagers to everything in between.
Barmbrack – A fruity loaf served at teatime, smothered in butter of course.