Belfast Telegraph

Belfast premises of former Bull and Ram restaurant go on the market for £285k

The former restaurant closed down in May of this year
The former restaurant closed down in May of this year

By Catherine Carrigan

The Belfast premises of the former Bull and Ram restaurant has gone on the market with a price tag of £285,000.

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The eatery on University Road in the south of the city closed its doors suddenly in May this year, just days after its sister restaurant in Ballynahinch pulled down its shutters.

The sudden closure, announced via Facebook, was met with shock in the Belfast hospitality industry.

It came just eight months after the well-reviewed restaurant opened its doors and just a fortnight after it lifted a number of industry awards.

The restaurant had been celebrated by food critics from both here and London.

At the time a spokeswoman for the premises said: "No decision has been made if this is permanent closure."

The 149 sq metre property located at 44 University Road is fully fitted for restaurant use, but is described in the brochure as a "desirable" property suitable for a variety of uses".

The three-storey, mid-terraced property is also grade B2 listed, complete with original sash windows and shutters.

The restaurant sector has been hit hard in recent months, with a number of places in the city centre closing.

However, Belfast Telegraph restaurant critic Joris Minne, said that the sector remains attractive to those with some money.

"The Belfast restaurant sector is turbulent but by and large remains a good bet for investors," he said. "Restaurateurs and bar owners including the big players like Niall McKenna, Michael Deane, Mark Beirne and Jim Conlon continue to invest heavily in their businesses, indicating a high confidence level.

"The Bull and Ram site should be an attractive proposition as it has been home to a series of successful businesses."

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