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August 5, 2011

My Best Breakfast in Ireland

by Julianne Mooney

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There is nothing better than an undisturbed night’s sleep followed by a breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, seasonal fruits and yoghurt, poached eggs, or pancakes with maple syrup and the all important, coffee. What smell is better than that of freshly brewed coffee in the morning? Bliss.

It also helps if you don’t have to do any of the work yourself. I had many a good breakfast during my travels around Ireland. Memories of lying in bed awaking to the waft of cooking sausages and rashers. It’s difficult to choose my favourites, but if I HAD to say, I guess these would be my top breakfasts:

Rathmullan House, Co Donegal – This was one of the first places I stayed, so it’s nearly a year ago now, but I still remember the round table stacked with fresh fruits, home-made jams, breads, cake and the pancakes. Oh, the pancakes. And sausages. I thought my other half would keel over with joy at the sight of the baked leg of ham. We walked it all off on the beach in front of the hotel.

Cromleach Lodge, Co Sligo – If I remember correctly, we opted to take a day off work so we could enjoy a leisurely breakfast here. You can’t rush perfection. Sitting overlooking Lough Arrow, I devoured one of the best frys I’ve ever had and whilst it may be irrelevant to some of you, their home-made muesli was delicious. We followed our feast by a soak in the outdoor jacuzzi. This is how every Monday morning should be.

Newforge House, Co. Armagh – A divine little hide-away in Northern Ireland, where the owner John does all the cooking. You can slope down to breakfast whenever suits and enjoy fresh eggs laid by the hens out the back that very morning. You can even pluck your own from the roost if you want. Delish!

Bantry House, Co. Cork – You can stay at this stunning historic house in quaint rooms and breakfast is served in an atmospheric dining room. A fab fry is served on family delph and the largest array of fresh fruit was laid out in dainty bowls for guests to help themselves. I imagined I was back in the 18th century enjoying breakfast as Lady of the Manor.

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