Ireland is now a hotspot of fine dining and finger-licking seafood beyond compare. Café Paradiso in Cork has an international reputation as one of the finest vegetarian restaurants in Europe. While Dublin is home to a number of internationally renowned spots, including L’Ecrivan, two Michelin-starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and Thorntons , and contemporary young contenders like Eden, The Mermaid Café and The Tea Rooms at the Clarence Hotel (owned by U2’s Bono and The Edge). The West and South of Ireland are legendary for their fine seafood and gourmet cuisine, with the villages of Kenmare (try Packie’s or La Cascade), Dingle (try the Charthouse), and Kinsale (try the Fishy Fishy Café or Casino House) fast becoming a magnet for foodies. Meanwhile the critically-acclaimed Cayenne in Belfast has already become a culinary landmark. And if that’s not enough to sate your appetite, then head straight for Galway in September for the fantastic International Oyster Festival, or the Gourmet Food Festival in October in Kinsale.

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Michelin Red Guide 2005 Great Britain & Ireland: Selection Of Hotels And Restaurants (Michelin Red Guide: Great Britain and Ireland)