DINING OUT

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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The Oyster Tavern Scoops Honour At Irish Restaurant Awards

The Oyster Tavern Scoops Honour At Irish Restaurant Awards

March 9, 2016 at 10:12 am Comments are Disabled

    WHILE Tralee businesses were unsuccessful at the Irish Restaurant Awards last night, they were celebrating a couple of miles out the road in the Spa where the Oyster Tavern won the Best Customer Service category for Kerry. The Munster Regional Final of the awards took place in the Muckross […]

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Susanna Donohue of Victory Fitness and Mike Moriarty of Il Forno Restaurant at the launch of their new healty eating menu at the restaurant on Monday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Il Forno And Victory Fitness Launch Light Options Menu

March 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm Comments are Disabled

IF you’re heading out for a meal and wondering where you can get really delicious food without ruining your fitness programme, then a Tralee restaurant has just launched something special. Having opened in October last year on Courthouse Lane, Il Forno Restaurant has been bringing a real taste of Italy to […]

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Lucky 13 For The Brogue In Irish Restaurant Awards

Lucky 13 For The Brogue In Irish Restaurant Awards

February 25, 2016 at 4:25 pm Comments are Disabled

EARLIER we told you that Yummy Café and The Roast House received a large amount of nominations each in  the prestigious Irish Restaurant Awards. Well, Kirby’s Brogue Inn just got notification this morning that they received a whopping 13 nominations. “It means a great deal to myself and Kevin to have been nominated […]

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Out To Lunch: The Song Remains The Same At The Roast House

Out To Lunch: The Song Remains The Same At The Roast House

February 13, 2016 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

The Roast House Denny Street IT’S been a while. We ran an ‘Out To Lunch’ review for over a year on the website but, of course, eventually we ran out of places to write about. Well since starting the column almost two years ago, we decided it was time to […]

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Mark Doe’s Top Tips For A Stress-Free Christmas Lunch

Mark Doe’s Top Tips For A Stress-Free Christmas Lunch

December 14, 2015 at 11:06 am Comments are Disabled

Not long now til turkey time! With this in mind, Mark Doe, of ‘Just Cooking’ Cookery School in Firies, gives us his top tips for a stress-free Christmas lunch… Christmas lunch often means a lot of stress if you are the one cooking for friends and family. I think this […]

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Christmas Cooking Demo At Kerry College Of Further Education

Christmas Cooking Demo At Kerry College Of Further Education

December 1, 2015 at 3:23 pm Comments are Disabled

THE public are invited to what promises to be a very enjoyable evening of Christmas Cookery Demonstrations at Kerry College of Further Education this Thursday evening at 7pm. Chef on the night is the well-known Kay Lanigan Ryan who runs the Professional Cookery and the Hotel and Catering courses at […]

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At the Cookery Demonstration in aid of the Ardfert National School were, from left: Marie Moriarty, Katie Ellard and Grace Crowley. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

PHOTOS: Christmas Cheer For Seasonal Cooking Demo At Ballyroe

November 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm Comments are Disabled

A GOOD crowd of foodies showed up in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Tuesday night for a seasonal cooking demonstration. Well-known chef, Darren Thibeaud, was on hand to give Christmas cooking tips in time for turkey season. It was all to raise funds for Ardfert National School, so a large number of people […]

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There’s Something Special Planned In The Square For Christmas

There’s Something Special Planned In The Square For Christmas

October 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm Comments are Disabled

YES, yes, we know Halloween isn’t over yet, but Christmas is only eight weeks away and people are already getting ready for it. The Tralee Chamber Alliance realises this and put up a Facebook post earlier today that they plan on putting on a Christmas market from Thursday, December 17 to Wednesday, […]

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Niall Harty of Caveman Food Company, Melanie Harty of Harty's Jellies and Mattie Doody of Siopa Feirme, Waterville, at the Taste Of Tralee event in Manor West on Saturday. Photo by Dermot Crean

PHOTOS: Public Gets A Taste Of Local Produce In Manor West

October 18, 2015 at 10:36 am Comments are Disabled

THIS weekend sees the return of the Taste of Tralee fair at Manor West Retail Park and Saturday proved a busy day for the stallholders. Producers from all over Kerry set up their stands and there was a real family feel to the day as cartoon characters from Kingdom Party […]

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