Belfast Telegraph

Michelin guide nod for eight Northern Ireland pubs

By Staff Reporter

Eight Northern Ireland pubs have secured a coveted mention in the 2018 Michelin Eating Out In Pubs guide.

The Bull & Ram in Ballynahinch, Co Down is a new entry this year.

Situated in a former Edwardian butcher's shop, the Bull & Ram offers an imaginative, modern yet informal menu, showcasing the best of local, seasonal produce, according to the foodie bible.

Other successful Co Down listings are Balloo House (Killinchy), the Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher's Pocket (Comber), Pier 36 (Donaghadee), Parson's Nose and The Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough).

Billy Andy's at Mounthill, near Larne is the sole representative for Co Antrim in the Michelin guide.

Twenty-two pubs in the Republic of Ireland also feature in this year's guide.

Lisdoonvarna's Wild Honey Inn is Ireland's only Michelin-starred establishment also to feature in this year's mouthwatering listings.

Earlier this month, the Co Clare venue made history by becoming the first Irish pub to be awarded a Michelin Star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.

In overall terms, Co Down leads the way with seven listings, followed by Clare and Cork with four each and Kildare with three.

Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings, with Antrim, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford each having one listing.

Produced by tyre manufacturer Michelin, this year's pub guide recommends some 470 top dining pubs spread across the UK and Ireland .

Guide editor Rebecca Burr said: "This year we have seen so many pubs get a new lease of life by placing greater emphasis on food.

"It's great to see pubs being rejuvenated this way as they are often the heartbeat of our towns and villages."

The Michelin 'Eating Out In Pubs' guide 2018 is priced at £14.99

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