A trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without sampling a few of Ireland’s signature dishes. One of which is the world renowned Irish Stew, traditionally made with lamb’s neck.

Bear in mind that lamb can be an acquired taste, and add mint sauce sparingly when indulging for the first time.

If you are lucky enough to be celebrating St Patricks Day in Ireland, then you will find a wide range of choice when it comes to this Irish indulgence as being the customary St Paddys day dish you will find it available everywhere.

Irish stew can be very filling so on your first try you may find that you cannot manage a whole plateful. The combination of potatoes, vegetable and mutton makes for a one pot stew that will last for days and improve with age.

If you are feeling the cold on your first trip to the Emerald Isle, then you should consider tucking into a plate of hearty Dublin Coddle. Nutritiously filled with bacon, sausages, pork and the infamous irish potatoes it is locally certified as central heating in a bowl.

Served with thickly sliced soda bread this appetizing meal is in itself a microcosm of irish culture – hearty, strong and comforting.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do and this also counts for the local tipple, which in the land of saints and scholars is none other than Guinness. A dry Irish stout which dates back almost three hundred years and has gained worldwide popularity for its unique aroma and distinctive taste. Guinness is typically served in pubs and alehouses all over Ireland and pouring the perfect pint is a skill which can take years to perfect.