The food in Ireland is hearty fare, with a base solidly in
potatoes. One of the most iconic meals to try is an Irish stew, a
one pot dish made with root vegetables and tender pieces of lamb or
mutton, all in a savoury sauce with potato slices to thicken it up.
One of the best things to eat Irish stew with is a wedge of soda
bread, a quick and easy bread made with baking soda, flour, salt
and buttermilk. This dense and delicious bread is perfect for
sopping up the sauce, so nothing is left behind. Potatoes can also
be found in Champ, a type of mashed potato dish flavoured with
spring onions, and Colcannon, made with cabbage and cream, a
comfort food that's perfect after a long day of exploring this
glorious windswept isle.
No mention of Ireland would be complete without Guinness. First
produced in Dublin in the 18th century, this iron rich
stout is characterised by its dark colour that contrasts with its
creamy foam. Guinness can be enjoyed all around the world, but is
best served cold, sat in a warm Irish pub as you listen to the
lively sounds of laughter mingling with a folk band. This iconic
drink lends its name to the 'Guinness World Records', and you can
still tour the brewery in Ireland today.