A party is never a party without good food and wine.
Whether or not you are dedicated foodie, a celebration such as a wedding deserves attention to detail when it comes to the food and wine choices. Ireland has much to offer when it comes to venues with culinary flair, as well as an ever-increasing amount of unique venues that provide a bespoke offering and the option to use caterers to achieve your dream menu. We pick a few of our favourites, each offering a different experience, and get some advice from those in the know.
Located on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, The Cliff Townhouse offers beautiful cuisine and an extensive wine list in one of Dublin's most elegant dining rooms. The entire house can be rented for exclusive events - which includes the ground-floor restaurant, oyster bar, the private dining room overlooking Stephen's Green, a second bar, and nine bedrooms - allowing you to enjoy the day and evening in style.
The Twelve Hotel in Bearna, Co. Galway is a luxurious boutique wedding venue that not only offers great food but is particularly focused on its wines. Managing Director, Fergus O'Halloran is one of Ireland's most talented sommeliers and also runs wine classes in general for brides and grooms-to-be. Talking to F&W, he explains: ”Our guests book with us because they see food as the most important aspect of their day. Great seasonal food with provenance served as it would be in our restaurants is the expectation. And as great an emphasis is placed on the perfect wine selection to complement what is on the plate.”
Hidden Ireland is a family of historic private houses around the country that provide a really unique setting for weddings with a difference. Each home has links to fantastic caterers so that the bride and groom put their own stamp on the big day.
Ranging from some of the country’s grandest and most important Georgian buildings to charming rural rectories, quirky small-town townhouses to big city mansions, choosing Hidden Ireland as a backdrop to your wedding day is a chance to be part of a genuine family history.
Photo from Temple House, Co. Sligo
BrookLodge & Macreddin Village has great food right at the heart of its offering, is more than a hotel...it's a whole village. BrookHall is a private residence containing the stunning River Room, while Macreddin Hall seats up to 150 persons and is approved for the solemnisation of civil marriages. A chapel on site can also be used for a simple blessing.
Boutique Camping at Mount Druid provides an alternative to a conventional venue for a wedding, with a chapel, a lakeside summer house and a barn on site with a fully equipped kitchen. Their caterers tailor each menu, matching seasonal vegetables from the venue’s own garden and market availability with guest preferences. An outdoor BBQ area and fireplace is located within a beautiful walled garden. The real difference here however is the accommodation: guests can choose between beautifully luxurious yurts, shepherds’ huts and individual self-catering houses.
Killruddery House in Wicklow is a beautiful and historic venue, with gardens of outstanding importance being among the very few remaining 17th Century gardens in Ireland. The beautiful orangery with classical sculptures is one of the most romantic settings in Ireland for civil ceremonies. With a number of areas available in the house and gardens to use, each wedding is bespoke.
Fallon & Byrne in Dublin’s city centre is a haven for those who like fine food, fine wine and great service. Added to this, the beautiful sunlit ballroom is the perfect setting for an intimate wedding in the city. Tom Meenaghan, Executive Chef, encourages couples to use their menu to inject some personality into the occasion: “A dream wedding menu is something entirely personal and it's different for every couple. The style of the food should be something you really enjoy whether it’s informal banquet wedding where the food is served family-style or an eight-course tasting menu with wine pairings.”