Eating Horse Meat in Dublin

I’m so hungry I could eat a horse! It’s a common expression but many people wouldn’t think to try horse. Sometimes we unknowingly eat it. If you’re game to eat horse meat in Dublin, you can likely find it at the Temple Bar Food Market.

Temple Bar Food Market

Paddy Jack’s stall at Temple Bar Food Market also offers grilled beef and lamb skewers as well. But that’s tame considering you can eat these non racing animals almost everywhere.

I bought a horse skewer at Paddy Jack’s and honestly it was pretty dry and chewy. It was likely overcooked, then sat around a bit, and was then reheated. The taste is gamey, similar to venison, but tough as a Kentucky Derby thoroughbred. Bell could not sink her teeth into this due to fond childhood memories with horses. Clearly there is not a high turnover of the product, leaving freshness as something to be desired.

I’ve eaten better horse meat in Sicily. Italians typically prepare it by thinly slicing it and topping it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This helps tenderize the gamey meat. Ireland offers high quality lamb, but they can take a page from Italy when it comes to serving horse meat at Temple Bar Food Market.


Sometimes we unknowingly eat horse. The great horse meat scandal unveiled that Tesco was mixing horse meat in frozen “beef” dishes like lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and beef patties.

Perhaps it was an off day when I tried the Irish horse meat. If you enjoyed eating horse meat in Dublin, let us know in the comments below!

There are so many great things to experience on the Emerald Island. Here are our insider tips on how to spend a great week in Ireland!

Saturday weekend food market in Dublin, Irish horse meat

Temple Bar Food Market

Meeting House Sq
Temple Bar
12 E Essex St
Dublin 2


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    Alex and Bell originally met while solo traveling after finishing university in 2002, in Brugge, Belgium. Alex grew up in the USA and Bell hails from Australia. During our nearly 20 year marriage we've lived around the world, including spending six years living in the Netherlands and Ireland. We have traveled to nearly 70 countries and enjoy giving readers authentic and quality travel tips. Alex is an award winning travel journalist and travel planner, who also freelances for other outlets. Bell is an award winning PhD scientist who currently works for a non-profit lung cancer advocacy research organization called Lungevity. Happy travels and if you have any questions leave a comment or drop an email!

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2 thoughts on “Eating Horse Meat in Dublin

    1. Haha, I did buy a horse skewer one day as I try to be a bit out there with trying stuff. Bell didn’t try any and when I took my Dad down to this Dublin market even he thought it was weird and gross. And my Dad is generally less picky than me!… As for the horse meat, kinda tough actually (might have been sitting around). I would not get it again.

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