Tele Recommends: Northern Ireland's best Sunday lunches
We've consulted the experts to bring you the best Northern Ireland has to offer - the places, the food, the music, the craic.
John Ferris has been a journalist for over 15 years and is the co-founder food and drinks website, Forked.ie. He's a judge for the Restaurant Association of Ireland and also writes about food for Hospitality Review NI, Groupon and the Guardian.
Asked to name Northern Ireland's five best Sunday lunches, he recommends...
Il Pirata, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, 028 9067 3421
Sunday lunches were made for sharing, and there's nowhere does sharing better than Il Pirata and its younger sibling Coppi. Rock up on a Sunday and try one of Il Pirata's sharing roasts like the roast stuffed porchetta, braised beef brisket or whole chicken that come with a range of sides like duck fat roast potatoes, spring vegetables and a smoky jus.
Uluru Bistro, 16 Market Street, Armagh, 028 3751 8051
Restaurateur and chef Dean Coppard is at his best when he's serving up Asian style food. There's everything from quirky kangaroo on the menu to pot-roasted lamb shoulder that comes with a buttery sweet potato puree. If you can't make it for a Sunday evening dinner, Coppard also runs #sundaycookoff on Twitter where you can join previous entrants like Nigella Lawson and share pictures of your own Sunday lunch.
The Eagle at Galgorm, Galgorm Castle, Ballymena. 028 2563 0173
Chris Bell joined forces with Mourne Seafood to open The Eagle less than a year ago. Already Bell, who has previously run a Michelin starred restaurant, has put his stamp on the restaurant by using great local produce to produce classic dishes. The Eagle is the perfect spot for a leisurely Sunday lunch.
Potted Hen, St Anne's Square Belfast. 028 9023 4554
The Potted Hen was the original restaurant to open its doors in what is now the bustling St Anne's Square. It's hard to look past this bistro, which serves up stunning modern, Irish food. There's a laid back feel to the place on Sundays and you'll find everything from potted crab to cod with bean stew on the menu.
The Barking Dog, 33 Malone Road, Belfast. 028 9066 1885
If you're after a traditional Sunday lunch of roast sirloin or chicken with all the trimmings then you need look no further than here. There's live music most Sunday afternoons and ask any chef where they like to eat on their day off and for most of them the answer will be the Barking Dog. If, like me, you're after something a little different, there's still a range of tapas including black pudding fritters and beef shortrib.
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