Gourmet Signature Experience – Ireland’s Ancient East – Waterford

Travel to Waterford and Cork, for food cooked straight from the doorsteps of our finest restaurants, country homes and local bakeries. Sample local delicacies and indulge in full body relaxation with a massage.

Travel to Waterford and Cork, for food cooked straight from the doorsteps of our finest restaurants, country homes and local bakeries. Sample local delicacies and indulge in full body relaxation with a massage. This is Ireland’s Ancient East, shaped by food traditions thousands of years old that have been tweaked and transformed to present you with a contemporary Irish cuisine that will excite and inspire.

Begin your journey in Dungarvan, Waterford, where you will stay at the famous Paul Flynn’s Tannery. This is a boutique townhouse, one of Dungarvan’s old residential buildings, very close to the pretty harbour area and convenient for a brisk refreshing stroll on the promenade. The house’s period lines have been followed to restore its gentile presence, original features like the big sash windows and generously proportioned rooms are par for the course, but as always with the Flynn’s with a contemporary twist. Breathe in the fresh salt air of this waterside quaint town, and have a wander to see its beautiful waterfront and cute winding streets before dinner.

Dinner is a special affair at the Tannery Restaurant. Here you will see contemporary Irish cuisine, cooked with French flair. Irish produce is first and foremost – Paul Flynn’s style is modern Irish. You may find some traditional cuts and ideas here, but be sure they will be given the Flynn twist on the plate. That the Tannery is one of Ireland’s leading restaurants is unarguable. It’s a place to enjoy this TV and celebrity chef’s style of contemporary Irish cooking based on good local produce.

Retire, only to wake to more good food. Delight over breakfast in bed, your room homes a fridge loaded with fruit compotes, Irish yoghurts, cereals, fresh juices, coffees and tea. You can also avail of a full cooked menu, which is just as splendid as everything else served in this food haven. When you’ve eaten your fill, it’s time to travel to to Cappoquin to taste a Waterford Delicacy. Here you will try freshly baked Waterford Blaa, as well as enjoy an enthused tour of Barron’s Bakery, where our passionate bakers will treat you to some tea and freshly baked scones.

Next, it’s on to Sage Café for a light bite of lunch in Youghal. Enjoy seaside views, a light stroll and then sit down for the freshest produce in this cosy café, that has good food right at its heart. Once you’ve got your fill of seaside antics in this picturesque little town, it’s off to Ardmore for a little history. Visit the round tower at Ardmore and an ancient little church, bask in this piece of living history. Before enjoying a hearty home cooked meal at White Horses Restaurant. This restaurant takes its sea side tradition seriously, serving up warming dishes to satisfy the sea air encouraged hunger.

Next on the menu is the Cliff House Hotel. There can’t be many more stunning places to put a luxury hotel than this, built into the cliffs, which embrace the bay at Ardmore, Co Waterford. The Cliff House is stylish, chic and oh so smart. From the moment you step inside, you’ll feel its special seaside tranquillity seeping into your pores. Wake to a shower overlooking the bay in a bathroom with a gorgeous view, and then head for a breakfast you won’t be forgetting in a hurry. Try a steamy bowl of homemade porridge with fresh cinnamon or apples, a dollop of Glenilien Farm yoghurt, some smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, baked breads and freshly squeezed juices.

Spend the day unwinding in this gorgeous seaside village, before returning for a relaxing massage before dinner. Dinner will be extravagant, served in the Cliff House Hotel’s Michelin Star Restaurant. Indulge in an exquisite tasting menu that demonstrates the chef’s carefully honed culinary skills, and marvel over the freshest of local produce, turned into art.

Sink into your bed, full of sea air and good food. Wake to a Good Food Ireland Gift Box Souvenir to take home with you. Each bite will be a reminder of Waterford’s gentle coast, and the food treasures you found there.

  • One Night’s Bed and Breakfast at the Tannery
  • Dinner at the Tannery
  • Barron’s Bakery/Talk/Tour/Tea and Scones
  • Light Lunch Sage Café Youghal
  • Dinner at White Horses Ardmore
  • 2 Nights’ Bed and Breakfast at the Luxury Cliff House Hotel
  • Full Body Massage at the Cliff House
  • Michelin Star Tasting Menu with Wines and Champagne at the Cliff House
  • Good Food Ireland Gift Box – Your Gourmet Souvenir