Bruce Anderson

Guinness and oysters — or beef and Haut-Brion — in deepest Ireland

The puritanical strain of their Catholicism has helped the Irish endure austery for far longer than the UK

We were talking about the West of Ireland and agreed that there were few greater gastronomic pleasures than a slowly and lovingly poured pint of Guinness accompanied by a generous helping of oysters, in a village restaurant overlooking the sea where peace comes dropping slow: where exertion is left to the bee-loud glade and anyone with any get up and go, got up and went several decades ago.

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