The county's best local produce is transformed into spectacular dishes in the kitchens of Down's excellent restaurants.

County Down's Rural Restaurants

Look around at the rich farmland, fields of cows, grazing mountain sheep and busy coastal fisheries – it's little wonder that County Down's restaurants turn out such fine plates of food. Local menus name-check ingredients like Comber potatoes, Kilkeel crab and Mourne lamb in dishes that have been wooing critics and winning awards.

Some of the county's best eateries include Bull & Ram, Balloo House, Poacher's Pocket and Old Schoolhouse Restaurant – they're a bit out of the way, but worth the journey.