Must see restaurants in Northern Ireland

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    Mourne Seafood Bar

    Hugely popular, this informal, pub-like place is all red brick and dark wood with old oil lamps dangling from the ceiling. On the menu are oysters,…

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    Harry's Shack

    Bang on Portstewart Strand beach, this wooden shack has one of the north coast's best restaurants (book ahead for lunch and dinner). Harry's uses fruit,…

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    Pyke 'n' Pommes

    For years Pyke 'n' Pommes POD – a quayside shipping container – has been serving up the best food in Derry; in 2019 chef Kevin Pyke opened this licensed…

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    Eipic

    The finest, seasonal local ingredients are given a creative twist at the flagship restaurant in Michael Deane's portfolio, the Michelin-starred Eipic…

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    Ocho Tapas

    After living in Spain for 20 years, chef Trudy Brolly opened this authentic tapas restaurant in her hometown of Portrush. Locally sourced and Spanish…

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    Balloo House

    Balloo House has long been one of County Down's best restaurants. Casual, modern Irish fare is available in the nook-and-cranny-filled, stone-floored…

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    Watermill Restaurant

    Seasonal Irish fare is given a French twist at this award-winning restaurant in a peaceful lakeside setting. Chef Pascal Brissaud uses produce from the…

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    28 Darling St

    After working in European and American Michelin-starred restaurants, chef Glen Wheeler has returned to his native Fermanagh to open 28 Darling St. The…

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    McKee's Country Store & Restaurant

    On a working 162-hectare farm 5km northwest of Newtownards, this foodie emporium incorporates a bakery, butcher and deli, plus fruit, vegetable and dairy…

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    Ursa Minor

    Artisan bakers Dara and Ciara Ó Hartghaile use only three ingredients in their sourdough loaves: flour, water and salt. You can see the bread being made…

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    Primrose Restaurant

    In its chic new Strand Rd premises, Primrose has expanded beyond home baking and brunches. Owners Ciaran (a butcher) and Melanie (a baker) Breslin have…

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    Poacher's Pocket

    A fresh, contemporary makeover has transformed this roadside pub into a foodie magnet, with a menu that showcases local ingredients like Portavogie prawns…

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    Muddlers Club

    Industrial-style decor, friendly service and rustic dishes that allow fresh local ingredients to shine are a winning combination at one of Belfast's best…

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    Holohan's at the Barge

    Aboard the Belfast Barge, Holohan's is a sensational find for inspired twists on seafood and superb cooking of traditional Irish recipes such as…

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    Bushmills Inn

    Set in the old 17th-century stables of the Bushmills Inn, this haven has intimate wooden booths and blazing fires, and uses fresh local produce in dishes…

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    Finegan & Son

    Named for the owner and his young son, this light-filled corner cafe serves some seriously good coffee. There are three single-origin drip coffees…

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    Saphyre

    Spectacularly set inside the 1924 Ulsterville Presbyterian Church (behind an interior-design showroom), Saphyre serves some of the most sophisticated…

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    Noble

    You'll need to book ahead to secure a table at this tiny restaurant that serves exceptional food. The menu of modern Irish dishes is nothing revolutionary…

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    Hara

    Hara gets even the little details right: the wheaten bread is served warm from the oven and the side orders are divine. The menu changes regularly, but…

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    Bia Rebel

    It's worth searching out this understated noodle bar that fuses Japanese ramen with locally sourced Irish ingredients. It takes 36 hours to create a bowl…