Picture this, you are exploring a city for the first time with your better half and you start to feel the hunger taking over. You both know what is about to happen next. That dreaded question of ‘Where will we eat?’. Such a simple question, but one that has been torturing couples for some time. Next comes the drawn out back and forth of ‘you decide’, ‘no, you decide’, until eventually its hours later and you have settled on the nearest fast-food restaurant out of desperation. All sound too familiar?
Sorry to break it to you but it’s not any easier when looking for some where to eat in Derry. In fact, it’s actually a lot harder given that that Derry is well known for its excellent culinary talent on offer, with many top-class restaurants, bistros and bars scattered across the city.
Derry is a city that takes pride in its food and the service it offers, shortlisted for Foodie Destinations Ireland two years on the spin!
What if we said there is a way for you to taste the best of the best that Derry has to offer without having to decide where to eat? Lucky for you there is! Both Made in Derry and Far and Wild run excellent foodie tours giving you the chance to sample some delicious local dishes. What’s even better is that both of these tours are within easy access of our 4-star Maldron Hotel Derry making us the perfect base for your food adventures.
1. Made in Derry Food Tours
Open: All tours at present run on a Saturday afternoon from 12-4pm.
Cost: Tours cost £50 per person.
Made in Derry is the first walking food tour in the North West of Ireland, launching in 2016. The tour takes approximately 4 hours to complete, aiming to showcase the very best of the local food and drink available in Derry.
Along the way you will get to sample a range of 25 different local food and drinks, with everything from craft beers, street food, cheeses, charcuterie and patisseries. You will also get the chance to meet some of the extremely talented people behind some of these excellent establishments and learn more about the history of the food you are sampling.
Tours are suitable for all dietary requirements, previously catering for gluten free, pescatarians, vegetarians as well as alcohol free drinks. Contact Made in Derry to discuss specific requirements.
2. Far and Wild Foodie City Cycle
Open: Contact Far and Wild directly for tour running times
Cost: Cost of tours range from £40-£130 per person. Price per person reduces depending on the numbers in your group.
Far and Wild offer a food tour with a difference! As part of their unique ‘slow adventure’ experiences, Far and Wild now offer an excellent Foodie City Cycle of Derry.
The Foodie City Cycle takes 2-hours to complete, featuring two excellent culinary experiences, focusing on some delicious local produce while also exploring the city with a light cycle. The tour gives an excellent historic view of the city and its surrounding sites. Routes can also be altered on request to better suit your interests.
Partners of the tour include the brilliant Walled City Brewery, The Legendary Warehouse No1, Hostage and 9ine, who all offer samples of the best of produce to tour participants.
3. Maldron Hotel Derry
Why not have a food adventure in the comfort of our very own 4-star Maldron Derry Hotel?
Maldron Hotel Derry has various options to suit any meal time. Our Grain & Grill restaurant overlooks the historic city walls and serves breakfast and dinner. Our menu contains a wide range of options with locally sourced ingredients to please all tastes, so it’s no wonder we’re often hailed as one of the best restaurants in Derry.
We offer a varied selection of delicious breakfast options with something to suit all tastes including healthy, nutritious options and also a delicious traditional full Irish breakfast with all the trimmings served to your table.
Dinner is served in the calm and friendly atmosphere of Grain & Grill restaurant every day from 5.00pm. The menu consists of plenty of tasty dishes, prepared from local and Irish produce.
If you fancy a different vibe visit our Lyric Bar, “the home of loud food and tasty music” which incorporates the eclectic music culture, past and present, within this wonderful city of Derry.
Afternoon Tea is also served daily from 2.00pm – 5.00pm and features a selection of savoury finger sandwiches, mini scones with cream and jam, shortbread and a selection of desserts served with your choice of freshly brewed tea or coffee.
Maldron Hotel Derry
Maldron Hotel Derry is located in the heart of Derry, ideally situated inside the Derry City Walls, with beautifully refurbished rooms, bar and restaurant, Maldron Hotel Derry is the perfect accommodation for any type of break, be it a couples getaway, a trip with friends, family holiday or a shopping trip.