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Visiting Cork to Skibbereen, (Dublin arrival) August/September

KarenDW Jul 30, 2013 02:08 AM

We are two adults from Vancouver, BC, Canada. I am visiting Ireland for the very first time, and will be staying with some family near Skibbereen.
I'd like to treat our hosts to a meal during our 5 day stay, as well as cooking for them at least once.
Any recommendations for an informal dinner location, pref. with some gluten-free-friendly options. I am completely unfamiliar with the dining culture in Ireland, and wonder whether, as someone who doesn't eat wheat or other processed grains very often, I'm going to be in dire straits. I am not allergic, nor celiac, but at home I avoid milled grains due to digestive issues. Pasta in Italy, and bread in Spain, OTOH, have been fine.
Are there any must-visit food or kitchenware destinations in the region? I think I'll be stopping at Waterford enroute from Dublin.
Thank you for any help you can provide.

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    BrianGilligan Jul 31, 2013 12:07 PM

    Hi Karen, I can't help with Skibbereen restaurants, but can tell you that avoiding gluten shouldn't be a problem in most places.
    If you have time, you might want to stop at Ballymaloe House en route from Waterford to Cork - it's an Irish food destination and they have a good cafe and an interesting kitchen shop.

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      kerriar Aug 14, 2013 02:03 PM

      Not always an easy reservation - it's tiny - or easy to reach - it's on an island - but www.islandcottage.com is one of the best restaurants in West Cork.

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