With indoor dining currently restricted to hotels, it might be time to think about booking a foodie break away. I have 25 hotels in Ireland for food lovers to help you on your way.
We are so fortunate to have so many great hotels in Ireland, but like all businesses, they each have unique selling points. Some have luxury spas, some have fantastic facilities for children, while others boast lavish furnishings with four poster beds. For this post I have hand picked a wide range of hotels in Ireland for food lovers.
Some hotels are five-star luxury resorts with Michelin Star restaurants, while others are country houses with a strong focus on local seasonal produce. Whatever your taste buds, I hope I have a hotel below to suit you.
It is important to note that hotel facilities may change from what I have listed below, so its best to check directly with the hotel if there are any amenities that you are particularly interested in. Most of these hotels in Ireland for food lovers include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
1. Harvey’s Point, Donegal
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I had heard from many different sources that the food and service was superb at Harvey’s Point, and after my recent visit I can wholeheartedly concur. We enjoyed fine dining in the Lakeside Restaurant, as well as casual dining at Harvey’s Bar & Terrace. And if you are lucky enough to get fine weather, you can enjoy breakfast on the terrace. Speaking of breakfast – make sure to order the Gammon, I think visitors come back for this alone!
As well its stunning location on the shores of Lough Eske, Harvey’s Point offers spacious suites, a wonderful relaxed atmosphere, and is one of the best hotels in Ireland for food lovers. It has also been voted best hotel in Ireland by TripAdvisor five years in a row, and I can understand why its loyal visitors return year after year.
2. Virginia Park Lodge, Cavan
Chef Richard Corrigan was awarded two Michelin stars, he catered to the Queen and the Obama’s, and has created all of the menus at the 18th century hunting estate – Virginia Park lodge. You can expect delicious country fare at his Hometel, which according to Richard Corrigan, “is a cross between a country house and the efficiencies of a great hotel with a real sense of your own home and your own staff’.
It is well known as an exclusive hire venue for weddings or special occasions, but it can be booked individually from Sunday to Thursdays.
There is a wide selection of accommodation options in suites, cottages and even Woodland Huts. With French double doors, solid oak flooring and a Shaker style galley kitchen – this is glamping at its finest.
3. Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
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We had the pleasure in staying in Mount Juliet last summer and loved it. The Manor House is situated on a ridge overlooking the River Nore with 500 acres of woodlands, parks and gardens. It also boasts a Michelin Star Restaurant, The Lady Helen, as well as a pool, spa and a stunning walled garden.
There are many different places to stay at Mount Juliet Estate. We stayed in one of the garden rooms in the Manor House, however Hunters Yard offers more modern and reasonably priced rooms. You can also enjoy more informal dining at The Hound restaurant at Hunter’s Yard, as well as Afternoon Tea at the Manor House.
4. The Wild Honey Inn, Co. Clare
Food lovers will love the chance to stay in this traditional Inn, that was the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin star. More like a restaurant with rooms than a typical hotel, the bright airy rooms have their own terrace with views over the surrounding countryside.
For couples who are looking for a unique adult-only experience with fine dining, a stay here is a great choice for foodie breaks in Ireland.
5. The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
The Merrion Hotel is one of Dublin’s most most luxurious five star hotels, it is also a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. As well as boasting Ireland’s first ever two-star Michelin restaurant, you can also enjoy more relaxed dining in The Garden Room and light bites in the Cellar Bar.
It is also home to an 18 metre pool, spa and gym and is superbly located to explore all that Dublin has to offer.
6. The Wicklow Escape
The Wicklow Escape is Ireland’s newest foodie destination, and will be open for staycations from mid-July. Formerly known as the Elbowroom Escape, a stay here is all about the food. Executive chef Danni Barry, who was previously awarded a Michelin Star at Eipic in Belfast will wow you during a two-night staycation package, which includes:
Day 1 – a three-course menu at The fiery wood-fired kitchen with craft beer pairings.
Day 2 – A continental Breakfast, lunch or picnic. An evening five-course menu at the long table in The escape Kitchen Restaurant with wine pairings.
Day 3 – A classic brunch.
On-site facilities include seven deluxe bedrooms, The escape Kitchen Restaurant, The Fiery outdoor kitchen, The Pavilion outdoor terrace, a kitchen garden, a woodfired outdoor hot tub, a forest garden leading up to the Sugar Loaf, and hiking guides available to book in advance. The Wicklow Escape will surely prove to be one of the best choices for foodie breaks in Ireland.
7. Cliff House Hotel, Waterford
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The Cliff House Hotel is regarded by many as one of the best hotels in Ireland for food lovers and I couldn’t agree more. This five-star boutique hotel in the small fishing village of Ardmore has only 39 rooms, and is the ultimate romantic hideaway.
I had a superb meal in its Michelin-star restaurant – in fact it one of the best meals I have ever eaten. I only wish I had time to enjoy the swimming pool and spa too. Its setting, perched on a cliff over looking the Irish Sea is absolutely breathtaking.
All rooms have sea-views and are beautifully appointed, but if you really want to push the boat out, the split-level Cliff Veranda Suites are spectacular. The living area is on the ground floor and the bedroom is upstairs with a dramatic cliffside location. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open on to a large private veranda, with ocean views and comfortable sun loungers.
8. The Tweleve Hotel, Galway
The multi-award winning Twelve Hotel is located on the coast road to Connemara and just ten minutes from Galway city. It is one of the best boutique hotels in Ireland and won many awards for food and wine. Enjoy cocktails at Pins GastroBar, before a fine dining experience at West Restaurant.
You can also enjoy al fresco dining at Noin, the new heated, covered terrace, or pizza in the stone oven at Pizza Dozzina. The Twelve Hotel is also one of the best pet-friendly hotels in Ireland.
9. Marlfield House, Wexford
My husband Cormac and I booked an overnight escape to Marlfield House in 2019 – a rare night away without the kids. Located just an hour’s drive from Dublin, it is a great choice if you are living in Dublin and can only get away for one night.
We arrived in time for lunch and enjoyed a fabulous meal in the Conservatory Restaurant. In the evening time we ate in The Duck, a restaurant that deserves all the praise and awards that it receives. We also enjoyed a stroll on the famous Curracloe beach before returning home the following day.
10. Ballyfin Demesne, Laois
When it comes to luxury hotels in Ireland, Ballyfin Demense tops the list every time! It was also voted one of the best hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. According to Richard E Grant “it was like stepping back in the past without the inconvenience of no electricity. The personal attention…the welcome of the people, the setting, the food, I should be their PR manager” – it sounds pretty special doesn’t it?
This five-star luxury country house has only 20 rooms and suites and is open to residents only – it is a perfect choice for an intimate escape and is one of the best hotels in Ireland for food lovers.
11. Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin
Located in the heart of Dublin overlooking St Stephen’s Green, with the highly acclaimed Andy McFaaddens’ restaurant Glovers Alley Restaurant on site, as well as one of Dublin’s coolest bars, Inn on the Green, – what more could you want?
This five-star hotel is more reasonably priced than other five star hotels close by, and is a good value choice for food lovers in Ireland.
12. Dunbrody House, Wexford
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With celebrity chef Kevin Dundon at the helm, it is no surprise that Dunbrody House is one of Ireland’s best hotels for food lovers. Dunbrody House is renowned for using fresh local ingredients. Their seasonal dishes include Comeragh Mountain Lamb in Spring, Fresh Duncannon Crab with Dressed Baby Leaves in Summer, and Slow Cooked Haunch of Venison in the depths of Winter. You may want to visit in every season…
As well as the Harvest Room Restaurant, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea at Dundons Champagne Seafood Bar on the terrace, and there is authentic country pub on the grounds, called ‘The Local. We enjoyed delicious fish and chips here during their Sunday Jazz Brunch and loved it. Another highlight is that breakfast is served until midday – make sure you try the freshly cooked scones!
Dunbrody House also has a cookery school which is offers a variety of courses, from beginners to specialised courses for gourmet chefs.
13. Glenlo Abbey, Galway
Glenlo Abbey is located on an 138-acre estate on Lough Corrib, and has been welcoming guests since 1740. The on site facilities are impressive, and include falconry, archery, fishing, golf, and the Abbey movie theatre.
There are plenty of room options to choose from, the junior suites are housed in the original Manor House and many of the grand suites have four-poster beds. However, the pièce de résistance is the Pullman Restaurant, which is two former carriages that once served on the Orient Express.
Dining on the Orient Express must surely be one of the best experiences in Ireland for food lovers.
14. Ashford Castle, Mayo
Is there anything more romantic than staying in a 13th century castle? I recall driving across the moat and seeing Ashford Castle for the first time – it was like being inside a fairytale.
Awarded the accolade as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ashford castle has a choice of dining options, sporting activities, a luxury spa, and is one of the most luxurious hotels for food lovers in Ireland.
15. Inis Meáin Suites, Aran Islands
Inis Meáin is the least developed of the three Aran Islands and a stay in the luxurious Inis Meáin Suites is the ultimate retreat. Explore the beaches, enjoy cliff walks, and meet the Irish-speaking locals on this island that measures only 5km x 3km. There are only five private suites, and each one was designed to reflect the landscape outside, using wood, lime, stone, and wool.
The onsite restaurant has won numerous awards and offers a four-course dinner that changes nightly, based around the best local ingredients. A breakfast box and a HotPot Lunch are delivered daily to your suite, as well as an Exploration Kit with bicycles, binoculars, a fishing rod, walking sticks, beach towels, maps and books of interest – this is the ultimate choice for food lovers looking for an intimate escape in natural surroundings.
16. McNean House, Co. Cavan
McNean House is one of the best hotels in Ireland for food lovers. Owned by celebrity chef Neven Maguire, the Michelin-listed MacNean House & Restaurant has been consistently winning awards for its food, service, wine offering, and overall dining experience.
The seasonal Dinner Menu is changed regularly and if you are looking for a gastronomic treat, check out the Prestige Tasting Menu.
There are a number of room types to choose from including suites, and a Townhouse that can accommodate up to five. There is also a purpose-built cookery school beside MacNean House & Restaurant which features a range of exciting cookery classes which Neven teaches to all skill levels.
17. Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
Gregans Castle Hotel is an eco gourmet retreat, nestled in the heart of the Burren in County Clare. This 18th century manor house is a member of Ireland’s Blue Book and boasts spectacular views, gorgeous gardens and delicious dining.
The multi-award winning Dining Room is a fine dining restaurant, where you can expect creative and modern dishes using fresh local ingredients. The Corkscrew Bar serves light lunch, afternoon tea, as well as local beers and cocktails.
18. BrookLodge, Wicklow
BrookLodge is one of Ireland’s most loved hotels. It is set in its own unique village, just over 60 minutes drive from Dublin. Brooklodge is famous for its delicious organic food – in fact it won Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Culinary Hotel of the Year, and is a popular hotel for food lovers in Ireland.
Brook Lodge blends old and new perfectly, with country-style bedrooms and a luxury swimming pool and Wellness Spa including an outdoor hot tub.
19. Galgorm Resort & Spa, Antrim
Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular spa hotels, but it is also a great choice for food lovers. Set within 163 acres of parkland with the River Maine flowing through the estate, it has all the feels of a secluded hideaway, yet is only 30 minutes from Belfast. The riverside hot tubs and outdoor heated pools are an Instagram favourite, but there are numerous dining options to choose from as well as a championship golf course.
Try the five-course tasting menu at the River Room Restaurant, or enjoy casual dining at Gillies Bar & Grill, and I’m told Fratelli Ristorante, is one of the best Italian restaurants in Northern Ireland. If all that doesn’t satisfy you, check out Galgorm’s little sister, the newly opened Rabbit Hotel, and try the Rabbit Restaurant and Hunters Bar.
20. Ballymaloe House, Cork
Ballymaloe House is famous for its outstanding hospitality and superb food. The 17th-century country house is situated on a 300-acre farm and most of the food is produced here to provide a farm to fork menu. You can also enjoy afternoon tea in the drawing room by the fire, or in the conservatory during the summer.
It has won numerous awards including a World Restaurant Award, and was recently included in Condé Nast Traveller’s round up of the 11 most beautiful places to eat in Ireland. Ballymaloe House is renowned as one of the best hotels in Ireland for food lovers.
21. Cliff at Lyons, Kildare
The Cliff at Lyons is a luxury hotel in Kildare set in a collection of historic rose-clad buildings. This country retreat has 38 bedrooms, all individually designed, that come with amenities fitting of a five-star hotel. it also happens to be home to the two-Michelin star restaurant Aimsir, the Mill Restaurant, and the multi-award-winning spa – The Well in The Garden.
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22. Lough Erne Resort, FermanaghLough Erne Resort’s stunning location on a 600-acre peninsula, as well as its top quality food and service have earned this five star hotel numerous awards, including Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Hotel of the Year. It caters equally well for couples and families and offers a host of activities including two Championship Golf Courses and a unique Thai inspired Spa.
Head Chef Noel McMeel is practically a house-hold name and a meal at his Catalina Restaurant is one to savour. You can also enjoy a casual dining at The Loughside Bar and Grill, or bar food at The Blaney Bar. Lough Erne Resort is one of the best hotels in Northern Ireland for food lovers.
23. Adare Manor, Limerick
After a staggering two-year long refurbishment, Adare Manor opened to rave reviews and has already won numerous awards, including the best resort in Europe and the 5th best resort in the world, in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. Be prepared to be astonished by the 840 acres of pristine parkland, the lavish interiors and the award-winning spa.
This luxury five-star resort also boasts the Michelin star restaurant, The Oak Room, as well as further dining options in the Tack Room and Carriage House, and Afternoon Tea menu in The Gallery.
24. Tankardstown House, Meath
Tankardstown House is an excellent choice for a luxury break away. It is ideally located in the Boyne Valley, just an hour from Dublin, so it would suit couples looking for an overnight escape.
The 18th Century Manor House exudes elegance and you can enjoy a casual lunch and fine dining in its award-winning Brabazon Restaurant, as well Afternoon Tea in the Cellar Restaurant. Guests can dine on the Terrace in the summer months or inside with an open fire in the winter.
25. Park Hotel & Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Kerry
Kenmare is a great choice for a foodie break in Ireland. Its lively centre is brimming with dining options, and I suggest staying in one of Francis Brennan’s hotels, the landmark Park Hotel, or the stylish Dromquinna Manor. They are located less than 10 minutes drive from each other, so why not choose to dine in both during your stay?
You can enjoy traditional fine dining at The Park’s Dining Room as well as Afternoon Tea on the Outdoor Terrace and drinks in the Champagne bar. The Park also boasts a luxury Spa, 25 metre pool, and cinema.
Its sister hotel, Dromquinna Manor, has a delightful waterfront restaurant, the Boathouse Bistro, that reminds be of the Boathouse in Central Park. Shutters Pizza on the Pier is also a popular choice, and boasts a beautiful setting. One of Ireland’s most luxurious glamping sites is located here – The Hideaway at Dromquinna Manor.
I hope this post on hotels in Ireland for food lovers will help you plan a staycation soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotel for clarification. I always recommend booking a room with free cancellation, or a small deposit, incase there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.
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