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Tourism Ireland toasts our spuds, walks and award-winning seafood in flavours of NI itinerary

montage of plate of food with duck and carrots_man and woman in traditional kitchen wearing aprons with tea cups and traditional soda bread  landscape view of castle espie wetland trust landscape and view of strangford lough

This 4 day itinerary showcases Northern Ireland's culinary gems, and the 'gastronomic heartland' of County Down' helping visitors to plan their  a food trail of local specialties and gourmet treats across Northern Ireland. Great to see our local foodie heroes at The Poacher's Pocket, Old Post OfficeTea Rooms, Balloo House features along with the beatutful water's edge experience at Castle Espie Wetland Trust. With great unique experiences such as traditional breadmaking at Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen,  Ards and North down is the perfect place to escape, relax and have fun.

Spuds, walks and award-winning seafood in County Down

'From urban buzz to rural bliss next at The Poacher's Pocket, an award-winning gastro pub and a great place to refuel before exploring the local area. The old-fashioned front bar has retained its traditional charm, but the dining area boasts an effortless style, and is the perfect backdrop for dishes that make the most of the excellent local produce. Comber, where the pub is located, is also famous for its Comber Early Potatoes, which have European Protected Geographical Indication and are prized for their nutty flavour. While you’re here, head to nearby Strangford Lough, a haven of wildlife and the largest sea lough in the British Isles. Studded with 100 islands, the lough boasts numerous walking trails, including the Castle Espie Woodland Trail with a mix of estuary views, salt marshes and Ireland’s largest collection of native and exotic water-birds.

IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME

Call in at the Old Post Office Tea Rooms in Lisbane for delicious homebaked scones, pastries and pie. A great little find.

Rich pickings and natural beauty along Strangford Lough

Chef Danny Millar is the star of the show at Balloo House, a 400-year-old inn that offers two distinct dining experiences, with a fine dining restaurant above and a relaxed bistro below. Focusing strongly on local and seasonal produce, Millar crafts dishes such as venison liver, with creamy mash, crispy onions, bacon and red wine jus, as well as Northern Ireland’s highly regarded Himalayan salt-chamber aged beef from Hannan’s. It's worth staying overnight at the Mill House B&B – from here you can enjoy more of the County Down countryside including scenic walks and panoramic views of Strangford Lough.

LEARN TO COOK

Try out your baking skills at Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen. After being welcomed into her thatched cottage, you’ll be asked to roll up your sleeves, put on an apron, and start kneading dough for soda and wheaten breads in the traditional way.'

Extract Copyright - Tourism Ireland Limited - Read the full article at  https://www.ireland.com/en-gb/articles/tripideas/flavours-of-northern-ireland/

 

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