Top 8 Delicacies you absolutely must enjoy in Ireland
Many people mistakenly believe the Irish diet only consists of potatoes and Guinness. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Ireland is known to have some excellent cuisine. Parts of the country have even been recognized for their culinary brilliance. Nothing tastes better than a delicious meal after a windy day on the golf links.
Next time you’re in Ireland on a golf trip don’t forget to try one of these traditional dishes.
Irish Stew – Made with lamb, potatoes, onions, peas, carrots and parsley, Irish Stew is the perfect dish to help you forget all the double bogeys you just made at Lahinch. Depending on the chef it can either be a soup or stew.
Irish Seafood Chowder – If you’re struggling to make pars on the front nine at Ballybunion, order a bowl of hot Irish Seafood Chowder at the turn and see if that helps your swing on the back nine. Traditional seafood chowder consists of smoked haddock, king prawns, Pollock, onions, corn, garlic and potatoes. It will give you the energy to finish the back nine but not fill you up like a double bacon cheeseburger.
Traditional Irish Breakfast – Every intrepid golf traveler knows that playing golf in Ireland requires a good amount of walking. You’ll need a heavy dose of calories in the morning to get through 36 holes at Old Head. Every Traditional Irish Breakfast includes: Eggs (fried or scrambled), black or white pudding, a grilled tomato, mushrooms, baked beans, bacon, sausage and potato bread. Your breakfast is served with hot tea or coffee and toast with jam.
Lamb Shank – The meat from a properly cooked Lamb Shank in Ireland is so tender it literally falls of the bone. Traditionally served with potatoes and vegetables and topped with a homemade gravy or jelly, Lamb Shank is a great choice for travelers who enjoy this acquired taste.
Meat or Potato Pie – The traditional meat pie filled with chicken or beef; vegetables and coated with a crispy pastry is perfect after a night on the town that involved large amounts of Guinness or Murphy’s. Another option is a pie topped with mash potatoes and then baked in the oven.
Battered Cod and a Single (Fish n’ Chips) or Fried Goujons – Fish n’ Chips or Fried Goujons is a must when traveling in Ireland. It’s served with the freshest fish and crispy hand cut potatoes. Top it off with some salt and vinegar and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal. There are so many fish n’ chips shops to choose from that it’s very important to research beforehand and find out where the locals go.
Oysters and Guinness – The oysters in Ireland are fantastic. If you’re in Ireland during oyster season, which starts in September, don’t forget to order a plate of these slimy delicacies. This seafood dish is best complimented by a pint of Guinness or Murphy’s and served with brown soda bread.
Fresh Salmon – Fresh fish cooked to perfection is a great way to end a day of golf travel. It’s light, tasty and a healthier option for those watching their weight. Salmon in Ireland is best enjoyed poached or fried and is served with potatoes and peas.