7 reasons why Wicklow is the perfect place for a foodie getaway
Published 11/07/2016 | 14:39
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Wicklow has a charm all its own and with some of the best scenery in Ireland, proximity to the capital, beautiful beaches and some hidden gems of hotels and restaurants it’s the perfect place for a foodie getaway.
Afternoon Tea before the Sugar Loaf
Relive the splendour of the Irish aristocracy with afternoon tea at Powerscourt Hotel’s Sugar Loaf Lounge. Late on a sunny afternoon, with the sun casting long shadows on the impeccable lawns, the fountain spray wafting gently on the breeze and the great Sugar Loaf looming in the background, it’s a totally unique experience in Irish dining. Tuck into a selection of finger sandwiches and scones, before choosing from a selection of sweet treats from the dessert trolley, prepared daily by the hotel’s masterful pastry chef Pawel.
Get Happy in Greystones
Just a short drive from Powerscourt is Greystones’ Happy Pear restaurant. Identical twins David and Stephen Flynn have been serving up a menu of super-healthy food for their patrons in a lively and friendly atmosphere for the last few years and created quite a buzz about the place. Their no-fuss approach to high quality produce and vegan-friendly health food has won them an army of followers from foodies to just about anyone who loves to eat well.
Dine in Style at Sika restaurant
With an emphasis on local excellence and seasonality, Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt Hotel offers the best of Irish contemporary cooking against a spectacular backdrop of Wicklow's hills and mountains. Enjoy well-loved classic dishes deliciously prepared and executed with a distinctively modern twist, by Chef de Cuisine Peter Byrne and his team. And for foodies seeking a truly unique experience, book an unforgettable meal at the chef’s table in the heart of the Sika restaurant kitchen.
Work up an appetite along the Wicklow Way
Walking and eating go hand in hand and you can get the best of both along the Wicklow Way. There are parts of the Wicklow Way to suit every level of rambler – from off road, over mountain bog-hopping, to gentler walk ways along well marked trails. The Wild Atlantic Way gets all the press these days but the Wicklow is the original wild getaway in Ireland and for the food lover, what better way to build up an appetite before a well-earned pint and the best of Irish cuisine.
The hidden pint
Wicklow and boast some truly spectacular Irish bars. Byrne & Woods in Roundwood is a perfect balance of high quality bistro cuisine and the relaxed atmosphere of the Irish pub. Glenmalure Lodge is a beautiful little bolthole that sits as gateway to Lugnaquilla, one of the Wicklow Way’s most impressive stages. Macs Bar in Enniskerry has everything you’d expect form an Irish village bar; pints, music, food, sport and a warm welcome. Powerscourt Hotel itself has its own hidden gem of a bar in McGills, so you don’t have to leave the Resort to steal an afternoon in a special Irish pub.
Picnic at the Waterfall
Just 7 km from Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa is Ireland’s tallest waterfall. A stunningly beautiful, peaceful place it’s the perfect spot for a romantic picnic. You can drive the short distance from the hotel to the waterfall, spread a blanket and enjoy Wexford strawberries and a glass of prosecco to the soothing backdrop of falling water.
The Wicklow food company is synonymous with Irish food excellence and preparing the best of wholesome Irish recipes with artisan produce. Avoca have a Café at Powerscourt House where you can go the full hog and eat multiple courses, or just nip in for coffee and a slice of something delicious. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.
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