Irish Breakfast, Afternoon Tea and Cheese Shop Suggestions in Dublin
I'll be in Dublin in February and would love some suggestion for great Irish breakfast, afternoon tea and cheese shops with a heavy emphasis on domestic artisanal cheeses.
Since my last post I have been giving the question of an Irish breakfast a lot of thought. Clarkes Bakery on the Cabra Rd, Dublin 7 (122 bus goes from dame st, takes about 20 mins) is almost an institution. They do a full Irish breakfast with all the trimmings. Its not elegant, it's self-service, there will be no tourists, but its the real-deal, cheap, filling and tasty (also cholesterol laden!). A lot of gardai (cops) go there, so that might give you the idea of the sort of place it is. I really like their white pudding, also their toasted soda bread is good. Enjoy.
I've only been to Dublin once.. and one breakfast, so I really don't know what a great Irish breakfast consists of. My very good breakfast was at the Westin Hotel near Grafton St. It's a beautiful buffet with the most delicious smoked salmon and other goodies. But it was expensive and there are probably many other more down to earth breakfasts to be had in Dublin.
for the cheese, definitely go to Sheridan's on South Anne St. they have a great range of both Irish and continental cheeses and the staff are very helpful. Am racking my brains for a great Irish breakfast, I think the reality often falls short of the vision, if you know what I mean!!! Would love to hear anyone's suggestions.