You might not think that you would have a worthwhile culinary experience in the West of Ireland, but times are changing. The Burren Slow Food Festival, an annual event established to celebrate and showcase the range of artisan food producers in the vicinity, has been on the go since 2006. Food produced in North Clare ranges from smoked salmon and free-range pork, to cheese, ice-cream and most recently, a chocolate factory. The craft beer revolution has not escaped us either, and several local bars in Lisdoonvarna, Doolin and Lahinch now boast their own ‘home-brew’.
Throughout Co. Clare you will find restaurants and cafes to cater for every taste and pocket – from pub-grub and traditional Irish bacon & cabbage or Irish stew, and locally-caught seafood, to Breton galettes, Italian-influenced restaurants and Indian curry-houses. Many of the dining establishments have a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, and almost all offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.