Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in County Antrim

The Bank House

Cafe, gift shop, art school and more, the Bank House is a social hub for the residents of tiny Whitehead. Located in a former bank (clue in the name), you're guaranteed a warm welcome from Sinead and her team, some …
Top Choice Seafood in Belfast

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, meltingly sweet scallops, lobster and langoustines sourced from its…
Top Choice Bistro in Portstewart

Harry's Shack

Bang on Portstewart Strand beach, this National Trust–owned wooden shack has one of the north coast's best restaurants (book ahead for lunch and dinner). Harry's uses fruit, vegetables and herbs from its own organic…
Top Choice Street Food in Derry (Londonderry)

Pyke 'n' Pommes

Derry's single-best eatery is this quayside shipping container. Chef Kevin Pyke's delectable, mostly organic burgers span his signature Notorious PIG (pulled pork, crispy slaw, beetroot and crème fraiche) and Vegand…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Newcastle

Brunel's

At Brunel's, chef Paul Cunningham's local foraging skills, hand-picked suppliers and inspired flavour combinations come together to create some of Northern Ireland's best restaurant food. Exquisitely presented dishe…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Strangford Lough

Balloo House

Chef Danny Millar is the mastermind behind the sublime dishes served at Balloo House. Downstairs, casual modern Irish fare is available in the nook-and-cranny-filled, stone-floored pub, which centres on a warming ca…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Belfast

Saphyre

Spectacularly set inside the 1924 Ulsterville Presbyterian Church (behind an interior-design showroom), Saphyre serves some of the most sophisticated cooking in Belfast today. Menus change seasonally and include a f…
Top Choice Irish in Newtownards

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 sections. Everything is produced on site or sourced from the …
Top Choice Modern Irish in Strangford Lough

Poacher's Pocket

A fresh, contemporary makeover has transformed this roadside pub into a foodie magnet, with dishes such as pastrami and applewood smoked cheese beefburger and Strangford mussels and fries, and mackerel with carameli…
Top Choice Irish in Larne

Billy Andy's

In a bucolic setting 7km southwest of Larne, this 19th-century country pub with open log and peat fires, low ceilings, and live traditional music on Saturday afternoons rewards a detour, not least for its fine gastr…