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The Food Lovers Guide to Belfast

The people of Belfast cook up a storm when it comes to good food and great drinks. In 2016, this resulted in a year-long finger-licking good celebration of Northern Ireland’s local producers, restaurants and food events. Start planning a city break to Belfast and take this food lovers’ guide along with you to organise a culinary party of your own in Northern Ireland’s capital!
Belfast’s innovative and unique cuisine will both surprise and please you. Special draught beers produced by a variety of breweries will quench your thirst and amaze you at the same time. These eight foodie hot spots will tantalise your taste buds for sure.
Say cheers!
In Northern Ireland, both the distillation of whisky and the brewing of beer are well-respected and time-honoured crafts. It will come as no surprise then that Belfast is home to a great number of pubs. Here, the process that precedes the arrival of aforementioned drinks at the bar has the undivided attention of both publicans and their customers. At Brewpot, customers and staff are not ashamed to confess their love for the golden nectar. The city’s first brewpub offers a selection of no less than one hundred varieties of beer and even offers its clientele the possibility of putting together recipes thereby creating a beer tailored to their very own tastes. Another great hot spot is Molly’s Yard, the only pub in Belfast serving beer brewed at Hilden Brewery. Names such as ‘Headless Dog’, ‘Belfast Blonde’ and ‘Molly’s Chocolate Stout’ mean there’s no reason to doubt that you’re in for a very special beer experience here! Sample the different beers and toast to Hilden Brewery, a micro-brewery located close to Belfast. 

Foto van een bar in Belfast en een foto van de bar Brewbot in Belfast.
Enjoy your meal
Diversity is what makes Belfast’s restaurant scene so special. Its restaurants have access to the world’s best and freshest ingredients which are grown locally on the city’s doorstep. At OX, the chef gives vegetables that are in season a twist by coming up with extraordinary combinations. Paris trained sommeliers, meanwhile, will ensure that your meal is complemented by a great wine. On board the Belfast Barge you’ll find family restaurant Holohan’s that lets you taste the best that Irish cuisine has to offer while offering you a beautiful view of the River Lagan.
Enjoy local seafood at Mourne Seafood Bar, a casual restaurant whose fruits de mer are sourced from the restaurant’s very own shellfish beds. EIPIC, run by famous chef Michael Deane, is the place to reserve a table if you’re in for a classy night of indulging in some of Belfast’s best food. Expect your dishes to resemble veritable works of art since EIPIC proudly boasts a Michelin star. EIPIC finds itself in good company since the number of Belfast restaurants that have earned the coveted award keeps on growing, which gives you a good indication of the excellence that the city’s restaurants strive for.
Foto van restaurants in Belfast - Ox en Mourne Seafood Bar
It is clear as crystal that the people of Belfast and those in the rest of the country pride themselves on their hard work where Northern Irish cuisine is concerned. The Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink was first initiated to promote Northern Ireland to visitors as a top food destination, something that has proven a big success. Belfast airport is served by many airlines, including KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Return flights start at €110 (booking fees not included). All you need to do now is book yourself a hotel at and you’re all set to go!
Images: Provided by the bars and restaurants mentioned in the article via Visit Belfast
Translation: Rodger Poppeliers


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