Classic Irish Food and Drink


Grab a pint of Guinness and a plate of colcannon because we’re about to dive deep into the delicious world of classic Irish food and drink!

Ireland is renowned for its unique and delicious food and drink options. From hearty stews to creamy pints of Guinness, the Emerald Isle has something to satisfy every taste bud. But where does one even begin when it comes to navigating the delicious waters of Irish cuisine? Fear not, for we’ve set a course to guide ye through the tasty treasures of the Wild Atlantic Way.

In this blog post, we’ll be covering traditional Irish dishes, famous Irish drinks, and the best pubs and restaurants to try them all in. So whether you’re a foodie, a whiskey connoisseur, or just someone who loves a good pint of Guinness, this post is for you! So sit back, relax, and let’s raise a glass to the delicious world of classic Irish food and drink!

Traditional Irish Dishes

When it comes to traditional Irish dishes, we’re talking about hearty, comforting, and oh-so-delicious fare that’ll warm the cockles of yer heart. So, let’s dive in and explore some of the most beloved traditional Irish dishes:

Irish Stew: 

Nothing says “Ireland” quite like a steaming hot bowl of Irish stew. This classic dish is made with tender lamb, potatoes, onions, and carrots all simmered together in a rich broth. It’s the perfect comfort food on a chilly day.


This traditional Irish dish is a simple yet delicious combination of mashed potatoes and kale (or cabbage). Topped with butter, it’s the perfect side dish for any meal.

Shepherd’s Pie: 

This classic dish is made with minced meat (usually lamb) and vegetables, topped with a layer of creamy mashed potatoes. It’s a hearty, comforting, and delicious meal that’ll leave you feeling full and satisfied.

These are just a few of the traditional Irish dishes out there, but these classics are sure to warm your belly and your heart.

And don’t forget, each region in Ireland has its own specialties, like the famous black pudding in the North East, or the seafood chowder in the West. So, when you’re exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, make sure to keep an eye out for regional specialties and try something new!

Famous Irish Drinks

When it comes to famous Irish drinks, we’re talking about legendary libations that have stood the test of time. So, let’s raise a glass and explore some of the most beloved Irish drinks:


This iconic Irish stout needs no introduction. It’s a creamy, smooth, and oh-so-satisfying pint that’s been a staple of Irish pubs for centuries. Whether you’re a fan of the classic Guinness or prefer a more experimental brew, there’s a Guinness for everyone.

Irish Whiskey: 

Ireland is famous for its whiskey and for good reason. With a smooth, complex flavor and a rich history, Irish whiskey is a must-try for any whiskey lover. From the smooth and buttery Jameson to the peaty and smoky Powers, there’s a whiskey for every palate.

Irish Coffee: 

This warm and comforting drink is the perfect way to end a meal. Made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and a dollop of whipped cream, it’s a delicious and comforting treat on a chilly evening.

These are just a few of the famous Irish drinks out there, but these classics are sure to quench your thirst and put a smile on your face. And don’t forget, many local distilleries, micro-breweries, and cideries are popping up all around Ireland, so make sure to explore them too and try something new!

Irish Pubs and Restaurants

When it comes to Irish culture, pubs and restaurants play a huge role. These establishments aren’t just places to grab a pint or a bite to eat, they’re a central part of the community and a great way to experience the unique culture of Ireland.

Irish pubs are famous for their warm and welcoming atmosphere. They’re a great place to relax, have a pint, and strike up a conversation with locals. It’s not uncommon to find live music, sports on the TV, or even traditional pub games in an Irish pub.

When it comes to restaurants, Ireland has a great variety of cuisines to choose from. From traditional Irish fare to modern fusion dishes, there’s something to suit every taste. And don’t forget about the seafood, with the Wild Atlantic Way’s seafood is as fresh as it gets, so make sure to try some!

Here are a few of the best pubs and restaurants in Ireland for trying traditional Irish food and drink:

  • John Dory’s, Kinsale – This restaurant serves up delicious seafood dishes with a modern twist
  • The Brazen Head, Dublin – This historic pub is the oldest in Ireland, dating back to 1198, and it’s a great place to grab a pint and enjoy live music
  • The Chophouse, Galway – This restaurant serves up delicious steak dishes and a great selection of Irish whiskey

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We hope this guide has inspired you to set sail on your own culinary adventure through Ireland.

From the hearty stews to the smooth pints of Guinness, Ireland has something to satisfy every taste bud. And don’t forget, each region has its own specialties, so make sure to keep an eye out for regional specialties and try something new!

For a complimentary custom culinary itinerary through Ireland simply contact our team using the inquiry below.

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