Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: Café Grand Dame, Ulster Hall, Belfast

You would be forgiven for thinking that a visit to the Ulster Hall can only be enjoyed with tickets to the latest performance of Mozart or the Manic Street Preachers.

But tucked away in the foyer of the Ulster Hall sits the Café Grand Dame, offering those of us with a less cultural bent the chance to peak inside and enjoy the beautifully restored Grand Dame of Belfast herself. The menu is reasonably priced, offering up a variety of flavours not typically seen in some of our cafés. I enjoyed a goats cheese and chorizo panini followed up by a melt-in-your-mouth caramel shortbread - handmade on site and absolutely divine. Everything on the menu is available to take away, suiting the busy Bedford Street office workers who stream steadily through the foyer, but if you do have time to linger over lunch you will get a rare treat. Not only will you enjoy fantastic service from a great team, you will also get a chance to enjoy an exhibition which details the history of the grand Victorian building which has played host to iconic names including Charles Dickens, the Rolling Stones as well as being the location for Led Zeppelin's first public performance of Stairway to Heaven. And if you are really lucky, you might get to enjoy a taste of the Ulster Orchestra's next performance as well as your lunch.