Limerick City has long been known for its connections to the pork industry, with the butcher trade even inspiring parts of Limerick playwright Mike Finn’s renowned play Pigtown. So it is little wonder that a full Irish breakfast in Limerick city is going to be of superb quality. There is a huge choice of cafes and restaurants to satisfy your appetite, so to help you in your choice we’ve rounded up the top 5 places to get breakfast in Limerick City.
Delish is located a little outside the city centre in the University town of Castletroy but wins a spot on our countdown due to its popularity with UL students. Many a sore head has been cured by the Delish full Irish, which is aptly named “The Hangover”. For €9.50 you’ll have your fill of smoky bacon, sausages, Tornafulla pudding and more. Their veggie full Irish is displayed on the menu as “Eat, Love, Pray” and is a true feast for any non-meat eaters whom still want the indulgence of a full Irish. The veggie version is jam-packed with treats such as potato waffles, baby spinach, and falafel. Offering patrons fab food and top class service to match, Delish is worth the short commute from the city centre. Delish has a number of breakfast dishes for all tastes including the Eggs Florentine which is delicious!
Address: Delish, Castletroy Park Commercial Campus, 7a, Castletroy, Limerick
4. Dolan’s Pub
Dolan’s is a buzzing hive of activity located just minutes from the city centre. With huge live music gigs, techno events in their warehouse area, and a high-quality restaurant, Dolan’s really does have it all – including a stellar full Irish breakfast. The family-owned venue has been in operation for over 20 years and the chefs have certainly perfected their breakfast skills in this time. Breakfast is available on Saturday mornings from 9 am and Sunday morni8ngs from 10 am. For €8 you will receive a generous portion of Limerick meats accompanied by all the trimmings, including house fries and succulently roasted tomatoes. Dolan’s is a warm and welcoming restaurant and is the perfect place to treat the family to a weekend breakfast.
Address: Dolan’s Pub, 3-4 Dock Road, Limerick
3. The Buttery
Located on the glamorous Bedford Row, The Buttery will serve you a full Irish with a touch of class. The high-class interior of this restaurant is reflected in the food placed in front of you. Little touches from the kitchen make the Buttery’s full Irish stand out from the rest – we’re talking roasted vine tomatoes, sourdough toast, freshly squeezed orange juice and their perfectly crispy homemade hashbrowns. The Buttery also offers an intriguing “clean Irish” for those trying to be good – think components such as wilted spinach, free range poached eggs, and avocado, accompanied by a refreshing green tea. The full Irish is €9.50, with the clean Irish setting you back €9 – a reasonable price to kick your morning off in style.
Address: The Buttery, 10 Bedford Road, Limerick
2. The Locke
The Locke is a beautiful bar and restaurant located in the undeniably picturesque Medieval Quarter of Limerick City. The Locke draws huge crowds in the sunnier months, with patrons hoping to grab a coveted outdoor seat right where the Abbey River meets the River Shannon. The full Irish will cost you €9.50 and will certainly set you up for your day ahead – the locally sourced cuts of meat are delicious and are complemented by sides including their perfectly seasoned rosemary potatoes. The Locke serves breakfast 7 days a week which gives curious punters ample opportunity to visit. The Locke is located near many of Limerick’s top attractions, so why not follow up your breakfast with a trip to King John’s Castle or The Hunt Museum?
Address: The Locke, 3 Georges Quay, Limerick
1. Hook and Ladder
Hook and Ladder is a beautiful, quirky venue in the city centre and is the most enjoyable place in Limerick to settle down to a full Irish. They are a popular spot but despite the buzz of customers the staff are extremely warm, welcoming and accommodating. Hook and Ladder use only the finest ingredients in their dishes and proudly state the sources of all their ingredients on their menus. The full Irish reflects Limericks butcher roots and is wittily named “Farmer’s Fair”. Said fair consists of expertly cooked sausages, bacon and pudding and the whole dish is packed full of flavour with seasoned veg and rosemary potatoes. Even more impressive than the food on your plate is the stunning décor of Hook and Ladder. The café doubles as a form of furniture shop so the tables, chairs, and ornaments around you may well have a price tag attached, ready to be sold to a lucky punter. The entire café has a warm and homely feel, with soft lighting, dark wooden furniture and giftware on sale at the till. Hook and Ladder is a wonderful dining place and you will truly want to savour every last bite of your full Irish breakfast.
Address: Hook and Ladder, 7 Sarsfield Street, Limerick