Belfast earns place in UK's top 10 foodie hotspots
Belfast has ranked among the top 10 foodie spots for travellers in the UK.
The city took eighth place, according to the newly-published Kitchen Knives survey which researched 30 of the UK's biggest towns and cities before rating the variety, quality and affordability of cuisine on offer.
The bustling restaurant scene here attracted a score of 44.65, beating off competition from Liverpool (43.53) and Manchester (41.53).
Bristol came out on top as the 'Best Foodie Spot for Travellers', with the most Michelin Star and AA Rosette restaurants. It was closely followed by London and Edinburgh.
London came out on top for offering the most choice, with 129 different types of cuisine available, while fifth-placed Brighton and Hove was found to have the most restaurants per 10,000 people.
Edinburgh was the most vegetarian and vegan-friendly city, offering the best choice of plant-based meals.
However, Northern Ireland food critic Joris Minne believes Belfast may be "punching above its weight", although he pointed out there is still room for improvement.
"Belfast has grown its foodie reputation exponentially in recent years, winning the best food destination at the World Travel Market last November in London," he said.
"Depending on the metrics, Belfast could be considered as punching way above its weight.
"For instance, there are more restaurants per head of population in Belfast than there are in London. Conversely, we are not very strong on street food outlets."
But ultimately, Mr Minne said the city has been ranked fairly.
"Depending on what aspect of the restaurant sector you study; numbers of Michelin stars, types of cuisine, choice of vegan and vegetarian and cost, you could conceivably come up with a better score for Belfast.
"Frankly, I think this study is accurate and reflects well although I would never have placed Leeds (in seventh place) ahead of us!" he added.