Top Picks for Wonderful Wedding Day Food

Top Picks for Wonderful Wedding Day Food - photo by Savo Photography

In modern Ireland weddings take all shapes and forms, from classic hotel receptions with formal dining, to casual humanist ceremonies with an eclectic outdoor menu which could include whole spit roast pork or lamb, small weddings hosted in an intimate restaurant, to boho feasts in your favourite spot. It’s your day and you can have whatever you want!

Gone are the days when ‘beef or salmon’ was the ultimate choice for a wedding feast! In modern Ireland weddings take all shapes and forms. From classic hotel receptions with formal dining, to casual humanist ceremonies with an eclectic outdoor menu which could include whole spit roast pork or lamb, small weddings hosted in an intimate restaurant, to boho feasts in your favourite spot. It’s your day and you can have whatever you want!

We’ve put together a selection of Good Food Ireland venues that specialise in great wedding food. Here’s our pick of the best:

Country Style

Ballyvolane House, Co. Cork

Barefoot to Ball Gown, this elegant Italinate Villa Country House in it’s own grounds is the perfect venue for an alternative wedding celebration. Summer outdoor weddings with a quirk are a speciality! Ballyvolane has it's own walled garden for seasonal fresh produce, salads and herbs, plus free range pigs and hens.

Weddings at Ballyvolane House

Justin Green also calls upon local butchers and fishmongers for the best of locally reared beef and lamb and superlative fish and shellfish, and forages for extra special ingredients from the wild. Justin and Jenny Green will help you plan your big day and unique wedding menu down to the finest last details.

Inch House Co. Tipperary

A fine country house on its own estate in rural Tipperary. Local suppliers are called upon for ingredients for your wedding feast, which will take place in the historic dining room of the house. Start with drinks and canapes in the drawing room or outdoors if weather permits. Nora Egan makes her own award winning Inch House black puddings from her grandmother’s recipe, so don’t miss the chance to feature this in your wedding menu or post-wedding breakfast!

Inch House Country House Hotel

The Egan family will be only too delighted to discuss your wedding food requirements. There’s also a wedding cake maker in the family – so it’s all here under one beautiful roof! Book the whole house for your wedding celebration.

Brook Hall at Brooklodge Hotel and Spa, Co. Wicklow

Brook Hall is beautiful old world village hall, on a picturesque village green, in the Brooklodge Hotel grounds at Macreddin Village. Brook Hall has it’s own Mezzanine Bar reception area, magnificent River Room where wedding feasts are held for up to 200 guests, 24 en suite bedrooms with French windows or patios and a brand new swimming pool. This lovingly created hall has five sets of double doors leading outside onto 160 square meters of decking running beside the happily gurgling Ballycreen Brook.

An idyllic location if ever there was one! Naturally, food at a Brook Hall wedding is a very special thing. Menus are devised by the season with locally sourced produce and wild ingredients from the Wicklow region, to make a wedding feast here very special indeed.

Outdoor barbecue wedding menus are also a specialty, with everything from whole spit roast pig to Blackened Salmon, Irish wild venison in season, Wicklow lamb and best Irish striploin beef plus exotic vegetarian options. The spectacular River Room with it's vaulted and beamed ceiling will be decorated with fine linens and flowers in your own colour schemes. Talk to the team to find out more.

Weddings Brook Hall at Brooklodge Hotel & Spa

City Chic

Dylan Hotel, Dublin

Weddings in the capital don’t come much more bespoke and intimate than at Dylan, Dublin. Situated close to city centre on Eastmoreland Place, bordering Ballsbridge’s elegant residential area, Dylan is easily accessed by your wedding guests. If you want city chic and a truly unique boutique hotel experience this is the place you’re looking for! Dylan is licenced for civil partnerships. Wedding photographs can be taken in the hotel, outdoors on the Japanese Terrace or big terrace to the front of the hotel, or in the leafy St. Mary Park across the road (permission required).

When it comes to planning your big day and the menu for your guests, a dedicated wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to bring to life all your ideas and menu options, down to every last little thing your heart desires. Welcome your guests with traditional champagne or some sassy specialty cocktails from the bar.

Weddings at Dylan Hotel

After that, a feast of seasonal Irish ingredients chosen by you and prepared exquisitely by the Dylan chefs awaits. Rooms can be booked for guests who wish to stay overnight. And to top it all, every couple hosting their wedding at Dylan gets a superb Dylan suite as a wedding night gift from the hotel. How lovely is that?!

Chapter One, Dublin

How does a Michelin star restaurant do it for you for your wedding day?! The wedding team at Chapter One specialise in fine dining to the max for your wedding party. Your feast takes place in the exclusive and elegant private dining room on the first floor of Chapter One. This beautiful room with period features is suitable for parties of up to 50 people.

Bespoke personalilsed menus, champagne reception, every last requirement discussed and planned by the specialist wedding functions team, makes for a day to remember in the heart of Dublin City. Three course menus start from just €27.50 (depending on menu selected, not including drinks) bringing this graceful and very special restaurant venue into the realms of real value for money for your magical day.

Chapter One, Dublin

By the Sea

Ard Bia, Galway City

Getting married is a fairly lively occasion in the crazy west of Ireland! If you’re planning a small wedding and want an individual and quirky venue for your wedding feast, Ard Bia in Galway may just fit your bill. Set in the historic Spanish Arch quarter of the city by the water, Ard Bia combines a bohemian chic in decor and feel with a proper Irish welcome and rustic food based on ingredients from this prolific and unique part of Ireland.

Long standing members of Good Food Ireland and active participants in the Slow Food Galway movement tells you that the team at Ard Bia care about what they put on a plate. The staff and owners here want to ensure that your wedding party is the very best of days, eating gorgeous food, drinking great wines and reveling in the happy occasion with your friends and family. The restaurant is spread over two floors and bookable exclusively for wedding groups.

Ard Bia, Galway City

The Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford

Dynamic architecture and stunning scenery are just two of the bonuses of holding your wedding at The Cliff House Hotel, overlooking Ardmore Bay in Co. Waterford. This hotel has a fully glazed wall to the rear of the lobby, giving exquisite seaviews all the way. You might be lucky enough to catch a pod of dolphins swimming by as you get your photos taken. The happy couple and guests can also take a walk to beach close by for really super images by the sea.

As for food, Cliff House is known for Michelin Star dining. There are several venues to choose from to host your wedding feast. The Chef’s table private dining room off the main restaurant hosts groups of 18 round the big American Oak table or up to 40 with additional tables, can also stretch to seated receptions for 80 when opened up to adjoin The House Restaurant.

The Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford

Other ares include the bar which has a terraced balcony overlooking the sea outside. Expect award winning food, personalised menus and place cards, and exquisite choices in flowers, which can all be arranged to your specification by the team here. One of Ireland’s best sea side wedding venues and just waiting for you to enjoy!

Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal

By the banks of Lough Swilly, a romantic country house welcomes the happy couple and guests on the big day. Rathmullan House is a family home and superb wedding location. Wedding menus are exquisitely planned by the house team, and include seasonal produce from the walled garden, plus local fish and meats from this beautiful region located on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Weddings at Rathmullan House

Rathmullan weddings are days to remember, with the wedding couple and guests given a grand Donegal welcome. This is the place for a house party should you and your guests which to stay over after the wedding! Chill out and relax in a gracious country house and enjoy your first days of wedded bliss in a place which feels like home from home.

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