DINING OUT

Out To Lunch: On Tour In Ballybunion

Out To Lunch: On Tour In Ballybunion

August 13, 2016 at 12:56 pm Comments are Disabled

Various Restaurants Ballybunion SINCE the summer holidays are still here and people like to get out on day trips, I thought I’d take the food review on tour this week. First off, I have to confess more than a grá for Ballybunion. My better half hails from the beautiful seaside town and I’ve […]

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‘Ready Steady Cook’ Event For The Square During Rose Festival

‘Ready Steady Cook’ Event For The Square During Rose Festival

August 11, 2016 at 1:13 pm Comments are Disabled

TASTE Kerry are organising a mouth-watering events in the Dome and the Square to highlight the best the county has to offer when it comes to cuisine during the Festival. Organised as part of this years Rose of Tralee International Festival, visitors will have the opportunity to taste and sample a […]

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Up To Ten People To Be Employed At New French Restaurant In Town

Up To Ten People To Be Employed At New French Restaurant In Town

August 2, 2016 at 4:20 pm Comments are Disabled

A NEW restaurant will create up to 10 full-time and part-time jobs when it opens in town this Friday. Le Rustique is to serve French cuisine and is located at a premises on Princes Street, where a number of restaurants have operated in the past. The premises has been vacant for […]

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Out To Lunch: The Brogue Rocks For A Bite To Eat

Out To Lunch: The Brogue Rocks For A Bite To Eat

July 30, 2016 at 11:18 am Comments are Disabled

Kirby’s Brogue Inn Rock Street HAVE you noticed there seems to be more tourists around than normal this year? It’s a common feature I’ve found when visiting bars and hotels over the past number of months. Many are putting it down to people avoiding mainland Europe, northern Africa and Turkey for fear […]

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Launching the Tralee Dining Guide were, from left: Nuala Dawson (Dawsons Restuarant), Michael McDonald (Denny Lane), Christina Dureke (Tralee Chamber Alliance), Trina Hoolihan  (Tralee Chamber Alliance), and John Drummey  (Tralee Chamber Alliance). Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

New Dining In Tralee Booklet Showcases Town As A Great Place To Eat Out

July 29, 2016 at 2:21 pm Comments are Disabled

TRALEE has great taste and the 2016 Dining in Tralee Booklet, a new guide to where to eat in Ireland’s Best Large Tourism Town is now available to locals and visitors. Published by Tralee Chamber Alliance, the guide features nearly 40 restaurants, cafés, bistros and pubs in the Tralee and surrounding […]

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Out To Lunch: A Majestic Munch In Manor West

Out To Lunch: A Majestic Munch In Manor West

July 23, 2016 at 10:57 am Comments are Disabled

The Mercantile Bar Manor West Hotel THE last time I was in the Mercantile Bar for a bite to eat was in November 2014. The bar was packed with hungry shoppers refuelling for the afternoon ahead and the lunch of chowder and open flat bread with tomato tapenade, hummus, black olives, […]

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The Chef’s Table: How To Plan And Execute A Great Barbecue

The Chef’s Table: How To Plan And Execute A Great Barbecue

July 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cookery school in Firies shares his tips for barbecuing…just in case we ever do get the weather!… Planning your barbecue  Firing up the barbecue is often seen as an opportunity for a bit of a party with neighbours or friends, but few of us have […]

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Out To Lunch: A Tasty Salad On Denny Street

Out To Lunch: A Tasty Salad On Denny Street

July 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm Comments are Disabled

Mary Anne’s Tea Rooms Denny Street SOMETIMES, as natives, we really underappreciate the beauty of Denny Street. Walking up the grand old street on Friday, I tried to imagine myself as a tourist seeing it for the first time and admiring the Georgian buildings with the imposing Ashe Memorial Hall […]

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Out To Lunch: The Station House Delivers In Blennerville

Out To Lunch: The Station House Delivers In Blennerville

July 10, 2016 at 11:55 am Comments are Disabled

The Station House Blennerville LIVING on the west side of town near the canal, I really missed The Station House over the past few years. It was nice to stroll over the bridge for a bite to eat and a pint in the evenings before a picturesque walk home. I was […]

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The Square was filled with artisan treats. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

The Tralee Food Festival Is Returning This September

July 7, 2016 at 1:03 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Tralee Food Festival, which proved so popular last year, is returning in September and events are being organised to make it an even bigger success. Despite clashing with All-Ireland final weekend last time out, thousands enjoyed the food market, food and beer trails and cookery demos around the town over the […]

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New Asian Restaurant To Create 20 Jobs In Tralee Town Centre

New Asian Restaurant To Create 20 Jobs In Tralee Town Centre

July 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm Comments are Disabled

UP to 20 jobs are to be created when a new restaurant opens in Tralee town centre early next month. Lana Asian Street Food, which has a restaurant in Galway and two in Limerick, is opening at a premises in Ashe Street which was previously The Dragon Inn and later the Royal Palace Chinese restaurants. Area manager, […]

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National Newspaper Raves About Tralee Restaurant

National Newspaper Raves About Tralee Restaurant

June 28, 2016 at 12:14 pm 1 comment

A LOCAL restaurant owner was delighted to wake up on Sunday morning to a glowing review for his business. One of Ireland’s most popular newspapers, The Sunday World, ran a review of Il Forno Woodfired Pizzeria And Italian Restaurant in Courthouse Lane and they were impressed to say the least. The […]

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Out To Dinner: A Seafood Delight At Benners Gastro Pub

Out To Dinner: A Seafood Delight At Benners Gastro Pub

June 25, 2016 at 11:33 am Comments are Disabled

Gastro Pub @ Benners Hotel Castle Street AS much as the curmudgeon in me complains about the Hallmark-promoted racket that is Father’s Day, I confess that I really enjoyed it this year. I resolved to take the afternoon off work and my better half declared we were going to a restaurant in the […]

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Sponsored: Something Special Has Come To The Rose Hotel

Sponsored: Something Special Has Come To The Rose Hotel

June 25, 2016 at 11:13 am Comments are Disabled

Sponsored THE Rose Hotel has introduced something special this summer. Executive Head Chef, Odran Lucey at the popular hotel has introduced Afternoon Tea to the menu, served in the lovely surroundings of the Rose Room. Afternoon Tea includes all the favourites; Selection of Sandwiches, Scones with Preserves & a Selection of […]

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TRAVEL: Why Vilamoura Is A Great Destination For Kerry Holidaymakers

TRAVEL: Why Vilamoura Is A Great Destination For Kerry Holidaymakers

June 17, 2016 at 11:12 am Comments are Disabled

Dermot Crean sees why Vilamoura is so popular with Kerry people heading to the Algarve this summer…  “EH, what the hell am I doing up here?” It’s a pertinent question I’m asking myself, having spent the previous few minutes climbing 20 flights of steps, to get 32 metres on high overlooking the biggest, most spectacular waterpark on […]

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This Tralee Eaterie Has Best Breakfast Fry In Kerry According To A Lifestyle Website

This Tralee Eaterie Has Best Breakfast Fry In Kerry According To A Lifestyle Website

June 15, 2016 at 10:49 am Comments are Disabled

YOU can’t bate a good fry-up and the people at lifestyle website, Lovin.ie, are partial to their sausages in the morning. The Dublin-based business decided to pick the best place in each county to get a breakfast fry and they picked a Tralee institution for their Kerry choice. “Greased to perfection, […]

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Kevin Finn, Sandra Leahy, Mike McDonald and Lisa Geaney at the Summer Party at Kirby's Brogue Inn. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PHOTOS: Kirby’s Brogue Inn Marks The Arrival Of Summer Season Of Entertainment

May 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm Comments are Disabled

AS the Summer tourist season begins to crank into action, Kirby’s Brogue Inn held a hospitality night for fellow businesses who bring in and cater for visitors to the town. “It’s something my parents did for years and we wanted to continue the tradition,” said Fiona Kirby of the Brogue Inn. […]

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PHOTOS: A Look Inside The Newly Opened Stationhouse Restaurant In Blennerville

PHOTOS: A Look Inside The Newly Opened Stationhouse Restaurant In Blennerville

May 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm Comments are Disabled

THE Stationhouse Restaurant opened its doors this afternoon after months of work. Nick Wang of Tomásín’s Bar and Restaurant in Stradbally and his business partner Jane Liu, were on hand to welcome customers to the restaurant in time for the lunchtime trade on Wednesday. Around 15 people will be employed at […]

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Out To Lunch: A Quickfire Roast Lunch At Gallys

Out To Lunch: A Quickfire Roast Lunch At Gallys

May 21, 2016 at 10:23 am Comments are Disabled

Gallys Bar Castlemaine Road BEFORE heading out to lunch on Friday, I looked up my review from the last time I was in Gallys and saw it was May 17, 2014. Two years is a long time in the food game, so I decided to see if their standards were as high […]

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Out To Lunch: A Tasty Sandwich At Johnny Franks

Out To Lunch: A Tasty Sandwich At Johnny Franks

May 15, 2016 at 11:16 am Comments are Disabled

Johnny Franks Bar Meadowlands Hotel WE finally got some really good weather on Friday and it appears the whole town took advantage of it. There was an exodus to the beaches while the Town Park saw an influx of lunchtime walkers and diners, probably keen to soak up any fine weather ‘just […]

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Dott's Bar in the (soon to be) Rose Hotel. Photo by Dermot Crean

Out To Lunch: Dott’s Hits The Spot For Style And Substance

May 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm Comments are Disabled

Dott’s Bar The Rose Hotel SO much for waiting for things to quieten down! When The Rose Hotel revamped its bar back in late March, I looked forward to writing about the food, changes to the decor and menu in the amazing new look hotel. But I decided it would be unfair […]

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Out To Lunch: A Super Sunday At Ballygarry

Out To Lunch: A Super Sunday At Ballygarry

April 30, 2016 at 10:45 am Comments are Disabled

Brooks Restaurant Ballygarry House Hotel THE last time I reviewed food at Ballygarry it was a cold, wet, wintry afternoon 14 months ago. I sat in the Leebrook Bar, in front of an inviting open fire, eating a delicious roast pork lunch and contemplated abandoning the afternoon’s work in favour of […]

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Out To Dinner: The Stonehouse Delivers A Birthday Treat

Out To Dinner: The Stonehouse Delivers A Birthday Treat

April 16, 2016 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

The Stonehouse Restaurant The Square THE column changes from ‘Out To Lunch’ to ‘Dinner’ for the second time in as many weeks (I know, I know, the decadent life of a journalist) as there was a birthday in our little family and we decided to head down town for an early bird to a place […]

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New Restaurant In Blennerville To Open In Matter Of Weeks

New Restaurant In Blennerville To Open In Matter Of Weeks

April 15, 2016 at 5:10 pm Comments are Disabled

WORK is in full swing out in Blennerville as a popular bar/restaurant is set to reopen. There is no opening date as yet, but it’s expected that a new restaurant at The Station House will be up and running, serving food to the masses sometime in May. The exterior of the […]

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Where Would The Top Gear Lads Get A ‘Joey Special’ If They Stopped In Tralee?

Where Would The Top Gear Lads Get A ‘Joey Special’ If They Stopped In Tralee?

April 15, 2016 at 11:01 am Comments are Disabled

SO Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans are in Kerry this weekend and a lot of people are getting excited. The Top Gear presenters are on the way to Dingle later, probably via Killarney. But if they decided to pass through Tralee on the way, we’re thinking Matt LeBlanc might be channelling his ‘inner Joey’ and get peckish […]

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Out To Lunch: A Nice Bite In Gaudinos

Out To Lunch: A Nice Bite In Gaudinos

April 9, 2016 at 2:28 pm Comments are Disabled

Gaudinos Castle Street WHEN I last reviewed Gaudinos in January 2015, in its former life as the Allegro (click here), I had the same thing I’d always had as an adult going there – my guilty pleasure of liver, bacon and chips. But it’s no longer the Allegro. The restaurant has a new name […]

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Trish McCarthy, Carol Benner and Lena O'Sullivan at The Taste For Africa in the Tankard, Spa on Tuesday night. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PHOTOS: Foodie Night For Africa A Success In The Tankard

April 6, 2016 at 11:51 am Comments are Disabled

OVER 300 people enjoyed a foodie charity event at The Tankard in Fenit on Tuesday night. ‘The Taste For Africa’ was organised by chef Frank Moynihan – the resident chef on the Gay Byrne Show on Radio 1 for many years – who invited people to come along and enjoy some spectacular seafood dishes, […]

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Out To Lunch: The Enigma That Is Bella Bia

Out To Lunch: The Enigma That Is Bella Bia

April 2, 2016 at 10:26 am 1 comment

Bella Bia Ivy Terrace WHERE do I start with Bella Bia? The ‘sacred cow’ of Tralee dining, praise for Bella Bia is so universal that I almost feel any criticism of the culinary experience would result in an angry mob outside my house with burning sods of turf on pikes demanding […]

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Foodies To Flock To Frank’s ‘Taste For Africa’ Charity Night At The Tankard

Foodies To Flock To Frank’s ‘Taste For Africa’ Charity Night At The Tankard

March 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm Comments are Disabled

A FOODIE’S paradise awaits in The Tankard next week at special fundraiser for three charities. ‘Taste For Africa’ will feature cookery demonstration chef, Frank Moynihan, who has invited 10 local producers, largely from Fenit and surrounding area, to present a dish of their choice on the night. It’s not a sit […]

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The Taste of Success presenter Dáithí Ó Sé -  
The Taste of Success returns to RTÉ One on September 8th at 8.30pm. Dáithí Ó Sé has travelled throughout the country looking for the best food innovators
 as they compete for a €100,000 prize, sponsored by Lidl Ireland, and the
 opportunity to see their product on supermarket shelves nationwide.  Picture: Fusionshooters.

RTE Looks For Kerry Food Producers To Sample ‘The Taste Of Success’

March 20, 2016 at 10:15 am Comments are Disabled

RTÉ’s The Taste of Success is back and this year the show is going global with ‘The Food Flight’ so Kerry food producers take note! The search is on for the next batch of innovative food entrepreneurs to bag a prize worth a cool €100,000 and the chance to see their product […]

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