Irish Food & Drink Guide – What to eat & drink in Ireland

If you’re planning a trip to beautiful Ireland and want to know what to eat and drink, you’ve come to the right place!
Ireland will always have a special place in my heart as its where my family are from. I’ve visited countless times since being a child and so I’m rather eager to share this quick guide on what to eat and drink there…enjoy!

What to eat in Ireland

Just to note, this isn’t a comprehensive list of Irish cuisine – this is a compilation of Irish foods to try based on my thirty (plus!) years of visiting Ireland and foods that have given me comfort through the nostalgia of eating…

1. Soda bread with butter

Made using the simplest of ingredients: flour, baking soda, soured milk, and salt. This bread has a unique taste and smell that’ll have you coming back for second helpings. Enjoy its flavour by eating with lashings of butter – yum!

What to eat in Ireland

2. white or black pudding

White and black pudding features in more and more restaurants these days, but if you haven’t tried it, it’s a must if you visit Ireland as part of a traditional morning “fry up”. It’s made using pork meat and fat, suet, bread and oatmeal and is formed into a large sausage, then sliced and usually fried until just a little crispy.

what to eat in ireland

3. potato cakes

Through the ages, Ireland was known as a particularly poor country, and potatoes were a very economical food. From here, the delicious potato cake was born – made simply with potato, flour and milk, these are delicious served warm. They usually come served as a quarter of a flat round circle, or just in a small circle form. Whichever way, they are so comforting to eat any time of the day and not to be missed.

What to eat in Ireland

4. Boiled bacon and cabbage

I admit, this doesn’t sound that appealing, but trust me, there’s something about how bacon and cabbage is made in Ireland that is so mouth-watering, you’ll want to make it when you get back home!


What to eat in ireland

5. Tayto Crisps

Deep in the heart of the Ulster countryside in Tandragee is Tayto Castle where Tayto crisps have been made over 60 years. A recognisable brand of crisps for anyone who’s been lucky enough to travel to Ireland, they are a must eat for snacking on at the corner of an Irish bar. You can even take a family tour around their factory if you have time!

What to Drink in Ireland

1. Irish coffee

A favourite of mine and my sister too, Irish coffee is a cocktail made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar. It’s stirred and topped with thick cream and the coffee is drunk through the cream. A ‘pick me up’ that will warm you up and make you smile.


What to Drink in Ireland

2. Guinness

Okay, I know it sounds a little obvious, but you really must try a Guinness when you visit Ireland. Ask a native where the best pint is served and get a sturdy seat at the bar. You might be there a while as you get chatting to the locals.

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