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Irish Breakfast and a Luxury Hotel Near Ashford Castle

Can you identify everything in an Irish breakfast?

Can you identify everything in an Irish breakfast?

What IS Irish Breakfast?

When traveling in Ireland, you must decide: How many days in a row can you eat a full Irish breakfast without popping?

This traditional, delicious feast consists of the following: Sausage, bacon “rashers,” black and white pudding (pork, oats, and pork blood for black), fried tomato, potatoes, and eggs, all cooked in butter and graced with a heap of Irish soda bread, tea, and orange juice. Wow!

Is this not the most luscious hotel room you've seen in a while?

Is this not the most luscious hotel room you’ve seen in a while?

A Luxury Hotel Irish Breakfast

As a proud glutton, I ate a full Irish breakfast six out of the eight days of our Ireland road trip. (Subsequent research suggests that only actual farmers eat a full Irish breakfast every day, and regular Irish folk indulge only once a week, but oh well.)

One of the best Irish breakfasts I devoured was at a four-star hotel called The Lodge at Ashford Castle (click here for availability and rates), in Cong, County Mayo. This hotel, built in 1865 but maintained meticulously, also boasts a visual symphony of color and design that left me cooing.

Devi went right for the fruit welcome plate.

Devi went right for the fruit welcome plate.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle

Take, for example, our hotel room. As you can see below, it shone with jewel-toned, ornate decorations unlike any I have ever seen. Just look at that cow-pattered lounging divan!

I swooned over the beauty of the room.

I swooned over the beauty of the room.

Devi targeted the strawberry.

Devi targeted the strawberry.

I bounced on the plush bed.

I bounced on the plush bed.

Not exactly Irish breakfast, but delicious nonetheless!

Not exactly Irish breakfast, but delicious nonetheless!

Meanwhile, the rest of the hotel bursts with color combinations that are different at each turn of the corner. I’m a huge fan of this salmon-and-gold medley here. And where did they get those amazing chairs?

A delightful color and shape medley in the hallway.

A delightful color and shape swirl in the hallway.

Bold red walls and ornate carpeting in the stairways.

Bold red walls and ornate carpeting in the stairways.

Golden hues in the hall to the front entrance.

Golden hues in the hall to the front entrance.

A glistening ball of falling water outside.

A glistening ball of falling water outside.

Fancy a cozy spot to read?

Fancy a cozy spot to read?

Visiting Ashford Castle

Now, it is important to note that The Lodge at Ashford Castle is not INSIDE the famous castle, but it shares the lush green grounds and lake.

Alas, when we visited, the castle itself was under construction and was literally covered from head to toe with sheeting (hence no photos), but word is that it’s finished now, and guests can once again sleep inside a castle from the year 1228! We may not have gotten to stay inside Ashford Castle, but don’t underestimate the luxury of The Lodge.

I stood on the balcony and watched the sun begin to set.

I stood on the balcony and watched the sun begin to set.

Mmm... Sunsets in Ireland...

Mmm… Sunsets in Ireland…

Devi and Colin watched the sunset from inside.

Devi and Colin watched the sunset from inside.

As the sun finished setting, the babysitter arrived.

As the sun finished setting, the babysitter arrived.

A Romantic Irish DINNER

A special commendation goes to the very helpful front desk staff at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, as they were able to arrange a vetted, quality babysitter for the evening so that for the first time in a week, Colin and I could have our first adult dinner.

You know — the kind of dinner where you don’t get scallops thrown in your hair, but rather can leisurely admire how they are arranged on a seashell.

Scallops on a shell!

Scallops on a shell!

Because we had a babysitter, we were able to relax and enjoy the meal.

Because we had a babysitter, we were able to relax and enjoy the meal. Here: Duck!

Our luminous dessert: Lemon cheesecake, lime jelly, and goat's cheese ice cream!

Our luminous dessert: Lemon cheesecake, lime jelly, and goat’s cheese ice cream!

Oscar Wilde Ate There?!

The night was restful, and in the morning, we eagerly trotted back down the hall to Wilde’s Restaurant, so named because Oscar Wilde himself used to frequent the area! As you might expect, I ordered the full Irish breakfast. Never did I expect I would develop such a lust for pork blood, but that black pudding has really captured my mouth and heart, chums!

In the morning we did a happy jig down to breakfast in this sunny yellow dining room.

The sunny yellow dining room at Wilde’s.

Beyond Traditional Irish Breakfast

Lest you think that Ireland only offers Irish breakfasts, I assure you that we took full advantage of the expansive rest of the menu.

Colin ordered pancakes so delectable that I put a dent in the table from stabbing my fork across it. There was also a buffet which, alone, would be four stars, featuring smoothies, freshly baked pastries, and fruit.

The fluffy, fruit-kissed pancakes.

The fluffy, fruit-kissed pancakes.

Thanks for Great Food, Ireland!

As you can see, Ireland treated our stomaches and eyes well! It’s beautiful to see how the country is innovating in food and architecture, while preserving the best of Ireland’s long history… including my favorite: black pudding!

Irish breakfast

Our full breakfast spread. WOW.

Do YOU Love Irish Breakfast? 

So what do YOU think? Have you ever had Irish breakfast? Would you prefer that, or the pancakes? Or both? Does the decor of this hotel move you, as it did us? Do share!

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We were guests of The Lodge at Ashford Castle, but all opinions and black pudding adoration are my own.

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Jody

Friday 19th of February 2016

When the kids are a bit older return for Halloween- it's incredible!

Zuzu

Sunday 9th of August 2015

Hi, Mrs. Marshall!

This looks yummy! In Panama, we had so much food from the buffet table and all I had to drink were smoothies the entire time.

Lillie

Sunday 9th of August 2015

Great to hear from you, Zuzu! I'm so happy to hear you're in Panama and having a great time! Keep up your fabulous adventures, and be in touch!

Mary @ Green Global Travel

Sunday 19th of July 2015

Irish breakfasts are a great way to start an adventure. I thought I would hate blood sausage, but it is actually quite tasty!

Lillie

Sunday 19th of July 2015

Exactly!

William McGregor

Saturday 11th of July 2015

I had my lunch few minutes ago but boy!! the images you posted has made me hungry all over again, wish to be there real soon,thanks to you :)

Dariece

Wednesday 8th of July 2015

That food looks amazing! I love the yellow dining room :)

Lillie

Thursday 9th of July 2015

Bright colors make such a different in decor!

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