Top food and drink experiences in Belfast

  1. There are excellent pubs and bars throughout the city, and Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter has many characterful choices. Try McHugh’s Bar and Restaurant, which dates back to 1711. The Old Bar is full of historical objects and memorabilia, while the Basement Bar hosts renowned live gigs.

 

  1. The homely café-restaurant Bia at the Cultúrlann McAdam O Fiaich is a meeting place for Belfast’s Irish language community, and a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in an authentic Gaelic atmosphere.

 

  1. One of Belfast’s favourite restaurants, Mourne Seafood Bar specialises in fresh local seafood at an affordable price in rustic surroundings. This winning formula means it’s very popular, so reservations are essential for dinner.

 

  1. Take a decadent afternoon tea in Belfast at the upscale Merchant Hotel. Its sandwiches, sweetbreads and scones are served on handsome silver tea stands.

 

  1. A long-standing Belfast favourite, The Morning Star pub has its original mahogany counter, old terrazzo floor and an exuberant Victorian sign hanging outside; the building’s history as a pub goes back to at least 1810. Just like the locals, you’ll want to keep coming back.

 

  1. In the heart of Belfast, Deanes EIPIC was awarded its Michelin star just 18 months after opening. Chef Danni Barry, trained at Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, brings a progressive, light touch to the menu, crafting dishes such as wood blewits, yolk, field garlic and cheddar.

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