Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: The Shelbourne Restaurant, Hill Street, Newry

Mixing the best of old and new cuisine, the Shelbourne is probably the best place to fill your face in Newry.

An award-winning bakery has been operating at this Co Down institution for over 100 years and people travel from all over to pick up their famous meringues, cakes and buns.

There's also a modern deli and 150-seater restaurant with diner-style seating - and in a nod to Cheers, it does seem to be a place where everybody knows your name.

The menu is huge and as a result, I panic-ordered yet chose well with some of the best potato skins I have ever sampled. Huge chunks of perfectly-cooked spud (not cremated crispy leftovers) with lashings of melted cheese, bacon lardons and actual chopped chives (not sprinkles from a Schwartz herbs bottle) garnished with home-made coleslaw and a garlic dip.

My dining partner had a chicken, honey and mustard panini which was pretty much inhaled instantly. Our dishes were washed down with two cups of Earl Grey and two cappuccinos. My friend proved to be an awfully bad influence by ordering one of those famous meringues.

The bill for this bellybusting feast was a modest £21. Hard to beat.