Weekender: Kevin Dundon's Wexford
My perfect sunny-south -east weekend will always start with beer-battered fish and chips or the wood-fired pizzas in The Local at our own Dunbrody House Hotel. In summer, it's really amazing to sit on the sunny terrace with birdsong all around, great food, and, later on, a trad session to kick off that Friday feeling.
Saturday will start with a full-Irish breakfast, followed by a walk around Tintern Abbey and a visit to their amazing kitchen garden. Or, if it's the kind of Saturday morning where you need to blow away the cobwebs, we head to Hook Lighthouse. The bracing hill walk to Slade is spectacular. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for some amazing views. The fish is great at the Vine Cottage in Saltmills - it's walkable from Tintern Abbey.
The Waterford Greenway is a great amenity for the family. It suits all ages for either cycling or walking, winter or summer. That kind of thing works up an appetite, and Mary Barry's in Kilmore is a little further afield, but it's worth the drive for their fish selection. See marybarrys.ie
Sundays are all about chilling out with brunch, then feet up with the papers and thoughts of a slap-up Sunday roast to crown it off. If I was still feeling energetic, there's always Duncannon beach, with its mile-long strand! My kids adore the crab claws at Roches Bar, and eating a 99 afterwards, sitting on the wall at Off The Hook chip shop.
Kevin Dundon will be at Taste of Dublin, which returns to the Iveagh Gardens from Thursday, June 15 to Sunday, June 18. Tickets from €15, see tasteofdublin.ie