After leaving Limerick, Tralee was the next stop on our Irish road trip.
Before heading there we thought it would be fun to visit the Father Ted House near Ennis and we were amazed to find that it hasn’t changed since the 1990s!
We headed straight to the excellent Castlemorris House B&B in Ballymullen, Tralee – where we were staying for a couple of nights and were given the warmest of welcomes by Rory the host.
He greeted us with a cup of tea and a slice of the nicest homemade chocolate cake. As a foodie himself he was able to recommend some great places to eat in Tralee with vegetarian and vegan options. I can’t recommend this place enough.
Again we weren’t able to find any purely vegetarian or vegan restaurants in the town. But as always let me know in the comments if we missed somewhere!
On our first evening we chose Bella Bia – 1-2 Ivy Terrace, Tralee, a buzzy popular restaurant with all the usual Italian restaurant options – I had a nice vegetarian pizza.
The next morning we had the best breakfast on our trip at the Castlemorris House B&B, what’s on offer exceeds other B&Bs with continental and cooked breakfast choices. I had a vegan breakfast and lovely Irish bread. The host also makes the most delicious stewed rhubarb with a touch of ginger.
We spent the morning exploring a sunny Tralee and decided to picnic in the park with the famous rose gardens, surrounded by every type of rose under the sun. I chose a Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala sandwich from Garvey’s supermarket which stocks an array of Irish produce.
As the weather was so good reaching a rare 27 degrees celsius, we headed to a nearby white sandy spotless beach at Castlegregory for the afternoon. I can thoroughly recommend this beautiful place as another great picnic location.
For dinner we headed to the restaurant Croi – 14 Prince’s St, Tralee which was a real highlight. They have a separate vegetarian and vegan menu with lots of quality choices. They use wild, local, seasonal and foraged food.
I had a salad starter with a multitude of delicious vegetable, nut and herb ingredients and my main included delicious mashed potato, pickled veg and an edible flower! This is quality and imaginative food.
I went for the early bird two course menu at 23 Euro, which considering the quality is fantastic value.
Then next morning after demolishing another delicious vegan breakfast it was off to our next road trip destination… Dingle.
Our Ireland road trip stops…