24 Hours in Tipperary – The Best Places to Eat, Drink and Sleep

24 Hours In Tipperary

Nestled in Ireland’s Ancient East, Tipperary boasts a scenic landscape filled with historic castles, ancient architecture and a wealth of natural beauty.

With famous landmarks like the Rock of Cashel and Michelstown Cave located in the county, Tipperary is also home to the Galtee Mountains, which run across Ireland’s Golden Vale.

With so much beauty in the region, it’s only fitting to have the finest food and wine make your visit to Tipperary even more memorable. With this in mind, we picked our favourite spots for food and drink in this charming county so that you can make the most of your visit.

Breakfast & Coffee

Café Q

Café Q is a stylish cafe in Nenagh that makes angelic sweet treats served alongside triple certified organic coffee. For breakfast, enjoy poached eggs & avocado, creamy porridge with coconut milk and chia seeds or indulgent buttermilk pancakes.

There’s lots of veggie options too along with fresh desserts prepared daily, so there really is something for every appetite at  Café Q.

A delicious range of healthy takeaway salads and iced coffee are essential for sunny days spent picnicking in the park.

Hickey’s Bakery

This long established bakery in the heart of Clonmel serves delicious homemade treats in a relaxed cosy setting. For breakfast, you can stick to a traditional full Irish or a creamy eggs Benedict with baked ham or go mad with Inch House black pudding salad.

Hickey’s is the perfect place for a coffee with friends, a leisurely lunch, or just to pop in and buy a decadent sweet treat to take away.

No visit to the bakery is complete without a taste of Hickey’s famous Bram Brack. The smell of freshly baked spelt loaves, soda bread and homemade cake is heavenly.

Ponaire Coffee Café

Run by Tommy and Jennifer Ryan, Ponaire (Irish for bean) hand roast all their coffee in house and only use ethically grown traceable specialty Arabica beans.

Ponaire’s café is attached to the roastery where customers can watch as the expert baristas produce fresh coffee creations. They also have a Barista School for any budding baristas to brush up on their skills.

Pay a visit to the café and enjoy a freshly roasted coffee along with breakfast and lunch or indulge in a sweet baked treat.

Lunch

Mikey Ryan’s

Steeped in history and housed in a 19th century terrace building, Mikey Ryan’s is an Irish gastropub, conveniently located close to the Rock of Cashel.

Sourcing ingredients from high quality artisan producers, they serve seasonal dishes from head chef Liam Kirwan.

There’s outdoor seating for when the sun is shining, which is perfect for some good old-fashioned people watching. In particular, their sunday lunch menu is not only delicious, but great value too.

Mai’s Café

Situated in Clonmel, this cosy café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s a great spot for a tasty homemade meal and seriously delicious cakes.

Try Mai’s famous hot and cold seafood platter with fresh seasonal fish wish some homemade brown bread. Mai’s also serves a delicious daily special that changes according to what’s in season.

For the eco-friendly among you, you’ll be glad to hear that Mai’s serve all their takeaway coffee in 100% compostable cups. Saving the planet while sipping on a latte, what’s not to like?

Dooks Fine Foods

This Fethard restaurant uses an abundance of local Tipperary produce to create healthy and flavourful dishes.

Run by patron chef Richard Gleeson, Dooks is a deli style restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and coffee and on Saturdays, a special tasting menu is served.

With Dooks going from strength to strength, it is putting Fethard on the map as a stop you definitely should not miss on your next visit to Tipperary.

Dinner

Chez Hans

Opened in 1968 by husband and wife team, Hans Peter and Derry Matthaie, this restaurant offers fine dining in a converted Victorian Gothic church.

Chez Hans in Cashel is sure to give guests an unforgettable dining experience. The impressive dining room matches the stunningly plated dishes.

Chez Hans now has two sister restaurants in Tipperary, Café Hans and Stef Hans, both offering up fresh seasonal cuisine with all three establishments being run by the couple’s three sons.

Michelin recommended, it’s a must visit for any passionate foodie looking for a truly remarkable meal.

Prime 74

Located on Tipperary’s main street in a two story building that was once a renowned American Hotel, Prime 74 now serves classic food with a contemporary twist.

Run by proprietor and head chef Martin Lovell, the restaurant is passionate about seasonal cooking and working with local suppliers.

Recently, they were awarded the county winner for Best Casual Dining in 2017 by the Irish Restaurant Association .

The Peppermill

Award-winning restaurant The Peppermill is located right in the heart of Nenagh. Owned by Robert and Mairead Gill, they provide guests with a truly Irish welcome.

Mairead and fellow head chef Karuna cook modern Irish dishes using the best Irish suppliers. Seafood is sourced directly from Robert’s relations in West Cork.

As well as a la carte meals, The Peppermill serves tapas style dishes ideal for guess to share and to indulge in a wide sample of tasty nibbles.

Pubs & Bars

McCarthy’s 

Opened by Richard McCarthy in 1850 as a one stop shop for the community, McCarthy’s played the role of publican, hotel, grocer and even undertaker.

Today, McCarthy’s in Fethard is filled with cosy wooden booths sitting under a wood panelled ceiling. Pull up a chair and sample the only beer produced in Tipperary on tap while you take in the surroundings.

Local ingredients feature heavily on the menu, with Grubb’s farm cheese and the pub’s butcher supplying meat from his own herd in Millinahone.

Larkin’s Pub

Located in Garrykennedy, Larkin’s is an award-winning pub offering food, music and a warm Irish welcome. This lakeside pub gives way to idyllic views overlooking the shores of Lough Derg.

With live trad music every weekend and stunning views, your visit to Larkin’s will certainly be memorable.

Named by Michelin as one of Ireland’s best 30 pubs for food, you’re in for a seriously good dinner here.

Jim of the Mills

While holding a full liquor license, this unique pub opens just one night a week for an evening of merriment. Every Thursday, a trad music session sets this quintessential Irish pub on fire.

Run by Jim and Kae Ryan, the trad sessions regularly see the couple’s five daughters taking part.

With just one beer tap, it’s not where you’ll find your favourite craft beer, however Jim of the Mills is taking us back to the days when an Irish pub gathered the community together in song, spirit and laughter.

Hotels

The Old Convent

Sitting at the foot of the Knockmealdown mountains, this unique 19th century convent is an adult only destination, ideal for a romantic break or a completely relaxing staycation.

Stroll through the mature gardens and picturesque countryside or unwind in the complimentary guest lounge and relax in the peaceful surroundings of The Old Convent.

Run by husband and wife team Dermot and Christine Gannon, this elegant destination boasts individually designed guest rooms ensuring your stay will be unique to you.

The Chapel Dining Room serves Irish artisan cuisine along with a daily changing 8-course menu expertly prepared by award-winning chef and proprietor Dermont Gannon.

Anner Hotel

This family run four star Anner Hotel in Thurles is a stylishly modern hotel with an abundance of old world charm. Set on private landscaped gardens, your stay at the Anner Hotel will be a peaceful retreat.

Food at the Anner Hotel is created by award-winning chef Darren Brooks using the best in local Tipperary produce.

During your stay, you can also dine in Seasons Restaurant for a seasonal dinner or enjoy Afternoon Tea in the plush lobby.

Monaincha House & Health Spa

This stunning 18th century house is located on picturesque gardens and farmland in North Tipperary, perfect for a weekend of ultimate relaxation.

Guests to Monaincha can spend time on the tennis court or play a round of golf at Roscrea golf course. Take a guided walk around the local area or visit the many attractions such as Roscrea Castle and Monaincha Abbey.

After exploring the area around the house, make sure to unwind at the Health Spa with organic Voya products and a relaxing massage.

FEATURE BY SINÉAD SMYTH

Sinéad is a Culinary Arts graduate from DIT. She is a passionate cook with a love of fine dining and modern Irish cuisine. A gin lover, Sinéad loves seeking out cosy new pubs and sampling a variety of craft beers.

If she’s not dining out, Sinéad loves travelling the world exploring new cultures and cuisines. Working with TheTaste allows Sinéad to fully immerse herself in the Irish food industry.

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