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Vegetarian in Ireland

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Vegetarian in Ireland

Hi,

We're planning a trip to Ireland and are vegetarian. We will eat some cheese or egg on occasion but no meat, fish, anything like that at all. Are we going to be hungry? :)

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1. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

You definitely won't be hungry! I don't think I've ever been in a restaurant or cafe that didn't have a vegetarian option in Ireland. If you plan on staying in B&B accommodation you might want to let your hostess know in advance so that they can have some yummy options for your breakfast, although having said that most places would cater for vegetarians anyway.

This list might be helpful for you if you plan on visiting Dublin

www.menupages.ie/cuisines/vegetarian/dublin

If you are in Cork you should visit what is regarded as the best vegetarian restaurant in Ireland, Cafe Paridiso.

http://www.cafeparadiso.ie/

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2. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

No you won't go hungry - unless you don't eat anything of course!

Edited: 21 January 2014, 11:54
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3. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

You won't have a problem. Even if there is nothing on the menu (very rare these days) you will have something organised for you.

I won't say I'm a vegetarian but I almost never eat red meat, rarely eat any other type of meat and don't eat fish. I will eat cheese but am allergic to blue cheese. I don't eat a lot of eggs.

I have NEVER had a problem in a restaurant here. Sometimes I will order a meal with meat but ask that the meat be served on my husband's plate, with the non meat items on my own plate - which restaurants are happy to do (if I'm paying for the meat, hubby may as well get the benefit of it ).

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I've enjoyed some very memorable vegetarian meals in Ireland. Whereabouts will you be visiting/staying?

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5. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

The problem you might have is that a lot of non-vegetarian places might only have a single vegetarian option that doesn't appeal to you. There may also be little variation in the menus in those establishments.

I suggest checking out this website for recommendations

http://www.happycow.net/europe/ireland/

Down here in Cork, I'd suggest Cafe Paradiso, Iyers or the Quay Co-op, which are all vegetarian restaurants.

If you're having trouble anywhere, Indian restaurants usually have a decent vegetarian selection.

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6. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

Also, note entry #7 here concerning 'vegetable' soups made with beef or chicken stock:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186591-i88-k60371…

A friend who has severe allergies to shellfish discovered that sometimes 'vegetable' soups and some sauces had a seafood base, without it always being noted on menus.

She learned to always talk to the chef in advance, as the servers were not necessarily always aware of the implications.

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8. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

Nice - or is it nice?

Anyhow, you appear to spend time in France. And it is agreed that France is a very forward looking country. However it is incredibly difficult to get foods in supermarkets that don't 'have meat in them. Even the bloomin' Macaroni Cheese - a reliable, if boring standby, for those of us not fans of meat, has bits of ham in it. When we are travelling with Brittany Ferries - a wonderful French ferry company - I usually end up eating a kids meal of spaghetti and tomato sauce because there are few if any adult meals that do not have meat, fish or overt egg in them.

I'm convinced they'd put ham in the cornflakes in France if they could.

So, just because Ireland is technologically advanced, would like to put a man on the moon (Enda and Ryan Tubridy are you listening???) and has happily embraced the 21st century, doesn't mean the OP's question is not valid.

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9. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

doesn't mean the OP's question is not valid.

We can agree to disagree on that one.

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10. Re: Vegetarian in Ireland

I have been to Ireland many times and I am a vegetarian. Love the porridge , French toast and fresh fruits I was offered at most b & b's. For lunch or dinners I found wonderful fresh salads and the best veg curries. Also had some wonderful pasta/Italian food. There will be no problem at all with selection....enjoy