Ireland’s Top Culinary Wedding Venues

Here at TheTaste we are all about bringing you the best of Ireland’s food scene, but we aren’t just talking about restaurants. One of the questions we get asked at this time of year is ‘where is the best place to have a wedding?’ Obviously for us, it is all about a great experience with top notch food. Here are our top choices for a gastronomical extravaganza that you will cherish forever.

The Merrion

DUBLIN CITY WEDDING DESTINATION

Celebrate your big day in 5 star luxury in Georgian elegance at The Merrion. 19th and 20th century art adorns the walls of the reception rooms which can accommodate weddings of up to 90 guests. Their dedicated service is tailor made to suit your needs and Head Pastry Chef Paul Kelly, one of the most renowned pastry chefs in Ireland, is on hand to design spectacular bespoke wedding cakes.

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Brook Lodge

WICKLOW WEDDING DESTINATION

Renowned for their stunning grounds, romantic chapel and award winning restaurant The Strawberry Tree, Brook Lodge at Macreddin Village put just as much passion and commitment into their wedding meals. With a 100% organic offering, you can create bespoke menus based on the finest local ingredients.

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Sheen Falls Lodge

KERRY WEDDING DESTINATION

Head Chef Philip Brazil has created a unique and award winning culinary offering at Sheen Falls. The hotel creates bespoke wedding packages from intimate meals right up to large banquets. Add to that one of the most spectacular and romantic locations in Ireland and you have all the ingredients for the perfect celebration.

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel

MEATH WEDDING DESTINATION

The beautiful grounds of this 18th century castle make a stunning setting for your big day. Old world Georgian romance meets contemporary style in the newly renovated ballroom where the team serve up award winning food, ensuring your wedding feast is one to remember.

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Lough Erne Resort

FERMANAGH WEDDING DESTINATION

Lough Erne Resort is the jewel of Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry. The resort has hosted some high profile events including the G8 summit in 2013 and will host the Irish Open in 2017. Their great reputation is based on a combination of award winning food from Executive Chef Noel McMeel and its beautiful lakeside location.

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Mount Juliet Estate

KILKENNY WEDDING DESTINATION

This award winning resort is home to the Michelin Star Lady Helen Restaurant so the standard of food at Mount Juliet is beyond question. Catering for up to 95 guests, this Georgian manor house is perfect for smaller, more intimate weddings and the grounds provide the perfect romantic backdrop to your celebrations.

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The Shelbourne

DUBLIN CITY WEDDING DESTINATION

Luxury weddings in the heart of Dublin are synonymous with The Shelbourne. St. Stephen’s Green is the ideal spot for photographs and 5 star luxury and elegance is waiting for you behind the recently refurbished façade. The 5 star quality extends to the food offering with bespoke packages available to suit every need.

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Hayfield Manor

CORK WEDDING DESTINATION

Another member of the distinguished Blue Book, Hayfield Manor is renowned for its culinary offering and great service. The luxury boutique hotel has beautiful grounds for your guests to enjoy, a refreshing spa to revive them after the celebrations and is ideally located near Cork City. They cater for intimate weddings up to 90 guests and will ensure your special day is just that.

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Rathsallagh House

WICKLOW WEDDING DESTINATION

A member of Ireland’s prestigious Blue Book, Rathsallagh is an award winning, family owned country house. Weddings here are romantic and intimate as you have the grounds exclusively to yourself and the food offering here is exceptional so you are guaranteed the culinary wedding of your dreams.

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Ashford Castle

MAYO WEDDING DESTINATION

A ‘fairytale location’ for your big day, Ashford Castle can be as intimate as you need it to be. They have suites for small dinners and dining rooms for wedding feasts. An award winning team of chefs ensure the food is of the highest calibre and your bespoke menu will impress your guests. They will also love the state of the art spa and cinema.

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Castle Leslie Estate

MONAGHAN WEDDING DESTINATION

It is easy to see how Castle Leslie has been home to some of the most high profile weddings in Ireland. 1,000 acres of gorgeous Irish countryside encompassing ancient woodlands and lakes provide a secluded, romantic retreat and award winning menus by Executive Chef Andrew Bradley will provide you with the ideal culinary wedding destination.

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The Westin

DUBLIN CITY WEDDING DESTINATION

You can’t get much more central for a Dublin City wedding. The Westin Hotel is located inside an old bank and the crystal chandeliers inside the Banking Hall ballroom transport you to a different time. Add presidential suites for the bride and groom and a bespoke wedding feast and this is one culinary wedding to remember.

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Tankardstown

MEATH WEDDING DESTINATION

Tankardstown provides you with everything you need for a romantic wedding day. You and your guests can enjoy total privacy as the property is exclusively yours on the day. The grounds provide a stunning backdrop for all your memories from music in the walled garden to dinner in the Orangery. With an award winning chef Robbie Krawczyk at the helm, the food is certain to live up to the rest of the estate.

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Carton House

KILDARE WEDDING DESTINATION

Having hosted royalty and the aristocracy for centuries, you can rest assured that your celebration at Carton House is fit for a King or Queen. From old world opulence in the Gold Salon to contemporary style in the Silver Ballroom, is equipped for all your wedding needs. Set in stunning grounds and serving the finest in banqueting fayre, your special day will be unforgettable at Carton House.

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The Westbury

DUBLIN CITY WEDDING DESTINATION

Contemporary style and modern luxury await you in the 5 star Westbury Hotel. Your guests can enjoy specially crafted drinks in the stunning gallery and Marble Bar before sampling the best in Irish cuisine in the sumptuous Grafton Suite. The Westbury is ideal for an elegant and sophisticated celebration.

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Castlemartyr Resort

CORK WEDDING DESTINATION

From the 13th century castle ruins to the 18th century manor house, Castlemartyr is a wedding venue that stands out from the crowd. The magnificent Capel Suite is the utmost in luxury and elegance with chandeliers and drapes decorating the room. Head Chef Kevin Burke brings his Michelin star experience to bear on the wedding menus and they do not disappoint.

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Ice House Hotel

MAYO WEDDING DESTINATION

The Ice House Hotel is perfect for a wedding with a difference. Catering for up to 120 guests, their wedding feasts are created by Head Chef Anthony Holland and use the very best of local and seasonal produce. Your friends and family will love the views from their rooms and the spa and the stunning architectural design of this four star hotel.

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The g Hotel

GALWAY CITY WEDDING DESTINATION

Designed by renowned milliner Philip Treacy, the g Hotel is completely unique in Ireland. Its interior is fresh and contemporary so any celebration here is immediately stylish. The five star hotel is home to 2 AA Rosette Restaurant gigi’s and that quality also comes through in their wedding fayre. A stunning location for a visually spectacular event.

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Park Hotel Kenmare

KERRY WEDDING DESTINATION

The award winning Park Hotel Kenmare is the perfect retreat for intimate occasions and small weddings. Head Chef James Coffey ensures your meal is designed to your needs and impresses your guests. The hotel enjoys some of the best views of the Kerry countryside and forms the ideal backdrop for your celebration.

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Clontarf Castle

DUBLIN WEDDING DESTINATION

This 12th century castle is a renowned for weddings and it’s not hard to see why. Located two minutes from the picturesque seaside village of Clontarf, this is a central destination with all the intimacy of a private castle. The recently refurbished interior is stylish and authentic and the award winning food by Head Chef Stuart Heeney is an added bonus for your special day.

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Fota Island Resort

CORK WEDDING DESTINATION

While it might be well known for its golf course and tranquillity, the 5 star Fota Island Resort also hosts some of the most luxurious weddings in Ireland. The peaceful woods and gardens on the island create a romantic atmosphere and the elegant Smith Barry Suite has been designed to the highest spec. The award winning food is the cherry on the top.

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The Dylan

DUBLIN CITY WEDDING DESTINATION

Nothing is too much trouble for your wedding celebration at the 5 star Dylan Hotel. A bespoke wedding service from beginning to end, the finer details are all selected by the couple from string quartets to a specially designed wine list. One of the most popular wedding destinations in the City, romance and luxury await you at The Dylan.

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Castle Durrow

LAOIS WEDDING DESTINATION

A proud member of Ireland’s blue book, Castle Durrow is one of Ireland’s most popular castle wedding destinations. Built in 1716 on the banks of the river Erkina, the castle has been lovingly restored so you get the authentic castle experience set in stunning grounds. They grow their own at Caslte Durrow and the organic produce ensures your wedding feast is exceptional.

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ARTICLE BY ALISON DALY

BioAlison has been writing since she could hold a pen, which came in handy for her degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies. She has been working in media since graduating and is the latest features writer for TheTaste.

Writing for TheTaste allows her to combine her passion for the written word with her love of food and drink. Find her on Twitter @AliDalyo

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