TRADITIONAL IRISH FOOD & DRINK
Aside from Irish stew (which has always been a hit), Ireland’s food hasn’t exactly been famous throughout the world. Now, though, the island’s smartest eateries and best chefs are rediscovering Ireland’s culinary heritage, with respected artisan producers are turning out everything from award-winning black (blood) pudding (Kanturks) to acclaimed raw milk cheese (Durrus). The result? Their produce is hitting the shelves in some of the world’s most salubrious delis and department stores (Dean & Delucca in the United States), and a wave of Irish chefs are reawakening traditional recipes.You can try a “blaa” (a soft white roll) in Waterford; tuck into an Ulster fry for breakfast in Belfast; snack on dulse (salty seaweed) in coastal areas; or discover your adventurous side with some fried Lough Neagh eel. Then there’s soda bread, potato farls, Irish stew, crab claws and seafood chowder. And that’s not forgetting the potato…
For centuries, Ireland has also produced world-renowned beverages, which are distributed throughout the world. A nation famous for Guinness, obsessive tea drinkers and some of the best whiskey on the planet, Ireland’s indigenous beverages offer a varied selection for any drinker.
FOOD & DRINK DAY TOURS
- Guinness Storehouse: Join us for a tour and sampling at the Guinness Brewery, Ireland’s most popular international visitor attraction. Since opening in November 2000, the Guinness Storehouse has attracted over 4 million visitors from every corner of the globe. Enjoy the tour of the Storehouse before sampling the goods at the top-level Gravity Bar as you take in a spectacular view of the city.
- Jameson Distillery:You’ll discover the time-honored secret of how water, barley and yeast are transformed into the smooth, golden spirit that is Jameson Irish Whiskey on the Jameson Distillery Tour. At the end of the guided tour each visitor is offered a complimentary glass of Jameson. Our guides select volunteers to take part in a Whiskey comparison tasting, demonstrating the subtle difference in taste among Irish Whiskies, and comparing them with Scotch and American Whiskeys.
- Irish Whiskey Museum: The museum offers a whiskey tasting for each of its guests. This makes it a proper thing to do in Dublin, that is, if you want a true Irish experience! Before your tasting experience, first learn the interesting history of whiskey, from its humble beginning, inevitable downfall and current revival. With your VIP ticket, you’ll get to sample matured aged whiskey and receive a unique souvenir to take away as a fond memory of your time with us.
- Smithwick’s Experience: Smithwick’s is THE Irish Red Ale. Their 300-year history commenced with John Smithwick producing his first brews in 1710, thus establishing Smithwick’s legacy as Ireland’s longest established brewer and the oldest working brewery in Ireland. The Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny is at the St. Francis Abbey Brewery. This Victorian brewing building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art visitor centre that will immerse you in Ireland’s oldest beer, teach you about the craft of brewing and allow you to taste the perfect Smithwick’s pint.
- Connemara Pub Tours: Following the Wild Atlantic Way or just visiting the West of Ireland? Take a break from your travels and venture with us on a Connemara Pub Tour! Whether with family, friends, work colleagues or a tour group, Connemara Pub Tours will take care of you as you experience the area’s unique scenery and tranquility. While sampling a creamy pint of Guinness, a Piping Pot of Tea or an Award Winning Irish Coffee, you will meet the local characters who will share their stories and listen to yours making this a memorable way to experience Connemara. If you are staying in Galway, Westport or anywhere in between, Connemara Pub Tours will collect you and drop you back to your accommodation… guaranteed to be happier than when you left!!
- Food Trail:Voted #1 food tour! Each tour is 3 hours long. You will visit 3 Traditional Irish restaurants or Pubs, with your very own local guide. Meet local people and experience the culture and history of our great city. A sample of traditional and modern Irish food and drink in each restaurant is included. Please let us know at time of booking if there are any dietary requirements we should be aware of. Tours are available in Dublin and Galway.
- Whiskey Trail: On the Whiskey Trail Tours you will get to taste a real flavor of Ireland. Taste handpicked uniquely Irish whiskeys in the company of our local experts only get the best tasting experience. We select our bars so you an authentic Irish experience and a the famous Irish welcome. We offer a wide range of pairings to compliment our whiskeys, beautiful artisan Irish cheese, Irish soda bread, local seafood from the Atlantic & Dublin Bay, salted caramels & handmade Irish chocolates.
- Tapas Trail: Tapas Trail is a modern Twist on the traditional Spanish style of eating, drinking and socializing. On our food tour you will sample cuisine from all over the world, visit Italian, Spanish, Cuban and even Moroccan restaurants. Each tour is 3 hours long. You will visit 3 unique tapas restaurants, all in the company of your very own local guide. A spread of tapas in each restaurant is included and a full glass of red or white wine in each venue. *Substitutes available for non-wine drinkers! Tours are available in Dublin and Galway.
TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH FOOD & DRINK
Let us tempt your taste buds with traditional Scottish fare. Or even better – embark on a culinary adventure to Scotland and sample for yourself the sumptuous dishes the country is renowned for! Scotland is most known for the traditional dish of Haggis. To try it is to love it – warm, moist, meaty and spicy, it’s one of the most comforting foods you’ll find anywhere. This enduringly popular dish is a type of savoury pudding that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. Often served with the classic sides of bashed neeps and mashed tatties (that’s Scots for turnip and potatoes), haggis is traditionally cooked in a sheep’s stomach (a historic way of preserving meat), but most haggis nowadays is sold and cooked in a synthetic sausage casing. We agree that it may not win the title of the most elegant dish on the planet, but it really is undeniably delicious!
Whisky is Scotland’s national drink. It’s also their biggest export, with bottles safely stored in drinks cabinets and proudly displayed on shelves across the globe. Rare bottles sell for thousands of pounds (really rare bottles sell for hundreds of thousands). Whisky is a pretty big deal – but we’re not surprised at all!
FOOD & DRINK DAY TOURS
- Highlands Lochs, Glens & Whisky tour: Ancient capital of Dunkeld, Hermitage waterfalls, Pitlochry, Queen’s View, Dewar’s World of Whisky Distillery, Loch Tay, Killin and Rob Roy country. A journey through the Celtic heartlands in the central Highlands taking in the waterfalls in Birnam forest, Pitlochry, the Queen’s Viewand the splendour of Loch Tay, an area steeped in ancient history. You also visit the Aberfeldy distillery for a tour and tasting. This tour is great for those who enjoy forest walks, waterfalls, dramatic mountain views and learning about the art of making whisky.
- The Moray Firth, Loch Ness & Whisky tour: This wonderful one-day tour provides a real taste of the Highlands. It includes a drive through the scenic Black Isle, dolphin spotting by the Moray Firth, monster spotting on Loch Ness and the chance to visit a Malt Whisky Distillery.
TRADITIONAL ENGLISH FOOD & DRINK
English food has a bit of a reputation. But since the horrors of the post-war era we have gone a long way to resurrect old, traditional recipes like filling soups, splendid roasts and luscious puddings. And now English cooks and restaurants rank amongst the best in the world!
What comes first to your mind when Traditional English drinks are mentioned? I bet it’s beer! However there are plenty of traditional English recipes for drinks that are more easily made by the adventurous cook. Traditional Lemonade, mouth-puckeringly tart, is making a comeback. Then there’s ginger beer, which has always been a favorite. There’s even an alcoholic ginger beer on the market – sort of a heavily ginger-flavored lager. It’s a bit sweet, but marvelously refreshing when it’s hot. Come to England and taste one for yourself!
FOOD & DRINK DAY TOURS
- Afternoon Tea on a Bus: Capture the heart of the city’s culture, landmarks and history on the London Routemaster bus, whilst sipping on a lovely cup of tea and enjoying the exquisite tastes of France. High tea accompanied with an array of tasty sandwiches and delicious cakes and pastries.
- Gourmet Dinner Bus Experience in London: In a nutshell the unrivalled combination between beauty and leisure on board this luxury bus-restaurant will provide an extraordinary experience ready to awaken your senses. Simply put, passengers on board will discover the most beautiful views of London while enjoying the best of its gastronomy.
- London Bridge Food Tour: You will have the opportunity to experience traditional British food (such as award-winning Fish & Chips, World Famous Sausage Rolls and traditional Bacon & Egg Baps), sample tasters from street food vendors, enjoy English cheeses paired with local beer/cider and try a classic British Dessert alongside a Fresh Pot of Tea. Plus, there is a Secret Dish, which you can only find out about on the day.
- Bus Day Tour Out of London with Lunch in the Cotswolds: Experience a 2-course lunch in a 17th Century former coaching Inn in Bibury, a professional guide, transportation by a luxury air-conditioned coach and photo stops at Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Bibury and Stow-on-the-Wold.
TRADITIONAL WELSH FOOD & DRINK
One of the most recognizable songs sung at Wales rugby matches features the rousing refrain “Feed Me ‘Til I Want No More”. Wales has a wealth of organic farmers’ markets, artisan producers, food festivals, and award-winning restaurants, ensure the taste of Wales is one to really savor…
In Wales they have a strong tradition of living off the land, stretching back as far as the ancient Celts. Food has historically been simple wholesome fare – thrifty dishes made with just a few simple, quality ingredients. This was fuel designed to satisfy the hearty appetites of those working the land: farmers, quarry workers, coal miners and fishermen. When traveling to Wales be sure to enjoy lamb, Gorwydd Caerphilly cheese, fruits and crawl!
FOOD & DRINK DAY TOURS
- Cardiff Tasting Tour: Takes you around the city centre calling in to specialist food producers, cafes, retailers & Cardiff indoor market. The menu includes a variety of tastings – Welshcakes, continental meats, cheeses, cockles, laverbread and Welsh beverages – you won’t need lunch after the tour!
- Cardiff Lunch and Landmarks: Includes tea & cake, tastings and a 2 course lunch in different venues around Cardiff city centre & Cardiff Bay. You’ll enjoy traditional and contemporary Welsh dishes such as warm welshcakes, Welsh cheeses, cawl & Welsh tapas/lamb casserole, Welsh beers & cider.
- Green Food Tour: Showcases eco-friendly venues in Cardiff while also enjoying some fabulous food & drink. All venues use local food as much as possible and work with other small businesses – generally helping customers to enjoy better, healthier and kinder lives.
- Private Food Tours: Design a personalised tour for your group based on your tastes and interests.
- Cookery Schools and Workshops: Enjoy a variety of workshops from cookery to baking and chocolate.
TRADITIONAL ITALIAN FOOD & DRINK
Italy is famous for its beautiful cuisine; the Italian food and drink will definitely be an added pleasure of your holiday. Breakfast in Italy normally involves a cup of rich Italian coffee or a cappuccino and a croissant. For lunch look out for sandwich bars or the local store (alimentari) where you can get delicious toasted ciabatta sandwiches which are called ‘pannini’. A full sit down Italian dinner will consist of an appetizer (anti-pasto), a pasta/shop (primo), meat/fish (secondo) which is normally accompanied by a salad and sometimes vegetables (contorno). Alternatively you can grab a pizza in one of the countries many pizzerias – a cheap and tasty option every time as Italy is the home of pizza. Finally beware as Italian food can be quiet spicy and very often dishes are tomato based. The most popular drink in Italy is wine and it is drunk with nearly every meal. It can be purchased in restaurants in quarter, half and litre bottles, the cheaper option is to buy it from supermarkets. Most spirits and beers are served in Italy – be sure to check out local Italian beers such as Peroni and Dreher and Italian brandies like Stock.
FOOD & DRINK DAY TOURS
- Tuscan Vineyard Villa Dinner & Wine Tasting: Tucked away in the hills overlooking Florence is a charming 15th century villa and vineyard. Just a 10-minute drive from the city, up narrow, winding roads, it feels worlds away. Our Florence wine tour will take you to this spectacular site for an evening of authentic food and wine; and good conversation.
- Private Afternoon Food Tour: Meet up with your personal guide and start visiting the elegant fashion district of Florence, where you will experience a heavenly mouthwatering truffle sandwich: you won’t find anything like that in the world! Your Private Food Tour continues with a visit to a local wine shop where you will taste olive oils and two different wines, where the on-site Sommelier will explain the differences between colors, perfumes and areas where wines are produced. No food visit to Florence would be complete without an authentic “piatto di pasta”, local “crostini” accompanied by a glass of prosecco, an Italian pastry and coffee, which is made with a blend of carefully selected coffee beans, roasted in the Italian old-style. Your Food experience will end while tasting a yummy gelato in one of the best “homemade” ice cream shops in the city.
- Pizza & Gelato Cooking Class: This gourmet experience will give you the chance to uncover all the secrets of these three great wonders of Italy in the exclusive atmosphere of a SMALL-GROUP cooking tour. A comfortable minivan will take you out of Florence on a beautiful 25 min drive. You’ll arrive at a magnificent Renaissance Villa in the hills of the Chianti wine region immersed in olive groves, vineyards and overlooking the city of Florence. All the magic of pizza-making is about to take place in the fascinating cellars of the Villa where, next to wine barrels, you’ll find a beautiful marble table awaits you.
- Beers & Bites: Our beers and bites walking tour is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a day of more adventurous sightseeing by sampling some of Italy’s increasingly celebrated craft beer offerings. Accompanying you around the ancient and atmospherically rich neighborhood of Regola, our English-speaking guide will enlighten you in regard to the areas history as the training ground for Rome’s once feared triga cart riders. Stopping at a number of authentic cafes and bars, you will then be introduced to some of Italy’s most exciting craft beers and their traditional food pairings.
- Chianti Colors & Flavors: Don’t miss the chance to explore the marvelous Chianti Wine region and its rolling hills from Florence! Get away from the noise and crowds of the city and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tour in the world-famous Tuscan countryside, renowned worldwide for its nature, small villages, vineyards and gentle hills. Tour includes two different wine estates with tours of the cellars, tastings of local products such as olive oil, balsamic vinegar and snacks. Tour departs at 2:30 pm and lasts about 5 hours.
- Brunelleschi’s Dome with Ice Cream Tasting:
Having dominated the Florentine skyline since 1436, the terracotta dome of Florence’s Duomo has wowed visitors to the city for over half a millennium. To celebrate this marvel of classical engineering, we help you jump the often 2-hour waiting line outside Florence’s Duomo and provide you with direct access to Italy’s best surviving gothic cathedral.
- Wine Tasting in Roman Countryside: Taste the culture which inhabits Castelli Romani as you escape from the hustle and bustle of the city of Rome. On this tour, you’ll be shown around the ancient vineyards which inhabit the area and will also be given a demonstration of how the wine is developed from the vineyards into the wine we know and love! A tour guide will tell you about the processes and the methods that have stayed with Italy’s wine making traditions for centuries! After the demonstrations you will be taken to a wine-tasting session where you will be allowed to sample the wine which has been made at the vineyard. (The tour begins at 3:00pm and lasts 3.5 hours)
- Rome Pizza Food Tour: A must for food lovers and culinary enthusiasts, our Rome Pizza & Food Tour is centered around Rione Monti, an area of Rome rich in historical monuments and churches. Sandwiched between Venice Square, The Forums, and the Colosseum, Rione Monti has a distinctly medieval atmosphere, one which is often emphasized by mazes of historic lanes and alleyways.
TRADITIONAL ICELANDIC FOOD & DRINK
What exactly is Icelandic food? The basic diet hasn’t changed too much since the Viking Age, though of course chefs have become more imaginative with preparations over the years. The mainstays include: lamb, skyr, potatoes, fish, and other seafood. A lot of seafood. And how could they not being surrounded by bountiful Arctic waters of cod, haddock, monkfish, herring, skate, lobster, and salmon. Although Iceland’s food is unlikely to be the highlight of your trip, things have improved from the early 1980s, when beer was illegal and canned soup supplemented dreary daily doses of plain-cooked lamb or fish. The country’s low industrial output and high environmental consciousness means that its meat, fish and seafood are some of the healthiest in Europe, with hothouses providing a fair range of vegetables. While in Reykjavík and Akureyri the variety of food is pretty well what you’d find at home, menus elsewhere are far more monotonous and prone to fads; one year they all offer lobster, the next it’ll be lamb or fish and chips.
FOOD & DRINK DAY TOURS
- Food & Gourmet: Get to know the food and life of the locals with Season Tours. Chauffeured in the comfort of a minibus you will touch on many points of interest while exploring the everyday quality of life in and around Iceland’s capital. You will get to know about the settlement and how Reykjavik and suburbs were built. While picking up the groceries for the dinner, you’ll visit a local cheese shop, fish store, meat shop, and a wine and liquor store.
- Beer Tour: Join the Reykjavik Beer tour to experience amazing Icelandic beers, local beer history, the best bars in Reykjavik, micro breweries and to explore our beautiful Reykjavik with a fun and knowledgeable local guide.
- Bar Crawl: Experience the legendary Reykjavik nightlife like the locals! Enjoy must have Icelandic drinks, meet new friends from around the world and have a local friend show you all the best bars and clubs in Reykjavik! In the 3-4 hour Reykjavik Bar Crawl you will crawl from one bar to another with a friendly local nightlife guide by your side and experience the absolute best of what Reykjavik’s nightlife has to offer through unique cocktails, premium Icelandic beer, the infamous Black death and so much more! Whether you are travelling by yourself, with friends, colleagues or a bachelor group – The Reykjavik Bar Crawl is perfect to explore the best of our awesome nightlife scene in Reykjavik!
- Walking Food Tour: Join the Reykjavik Food Tour to learn about food in Iceland, experience our delicious local cuisine at it’s best, see the highlights of Reykjavik and visit the most excellent restaurants, local shops and food trucks in Iceland.