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A Taste of Ireland

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2020

Story by: Amanda Dana | Travel Writer

Irish food showcases local ingredients and the island’s unique history. You’ll find world-class contemporary cuisine here, along with classic meals that have stood the test of time. Don’t leave Ireland without tasting these traditional dishes!

Soda Bread

No two soda bread recipes are alike. Every Irish family has its own recipe for this kitchen staple. Some versions incorporate honey or molasses for a sweeter bread, while others include bran or oats for a healthier version. Most recipes use baking soda and buttermilk as raising agents, which is where the name comes from. Most Irish families have a loaf or two on hand for snacks or breakfast, and it’s usually served with a liberal spread of creamy Irish butter.

Irish Stew

This classic dish relies on easy-to-find, cheap ingredients like potatoes, onions, herbs, and sometimes carrots. While it was traditionally made with mutton, you’re more likely to find it on restaurant menus with lamb as the main ingredient today. Enjoy this comfort food on a chilly winter day for maximum effect.

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Full Irish Breakfast

The Full Irish is more than a breakfast dish, it’s an experience. Traditionally served to farm workers before a long day in the field, this hearty breakfast can be enjoyed in most modern restaurants today. Although the specific components may vary by region or establishment, most Irish breakfasts consist of bacon, sausages, black and white pudding, baked beans, eggs, mushrooms, and grilled tomatoes. Wash it all down with a cup of tea!


Potatoes take center stage in this quintessentially Irish dish. Colcannon is a savory mash of potatoes, greens such as cabbage or kale, spring onions, butter and cream. It’s served as a side dish alongside a roast or other main course.

Galway Oysters

Seafood is a must when you’re in Ireland. Incredibly fresh and flavorful, you’ll want to sample as many varieties as you can find. One dish you definitely don’t want to miss is oysters. Specifically, oysters harvested in Clarinbridge, County Galway. These are world-renowned for their flavor and quality.


This is another potato dish you won’t want to miss. It comes in several different forms, some are more like potato pancakes, others have a dumpling-like consistency, and others yet are more breadlike. All forms are delicious alongside a big Irish breakfast.

Sample these dishes and more on VBT’s Guided Biking Adventure or Self-Guided Biking Adventure in Ireland.

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