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17 spectacular places to eat with a beautiful view in NI

Rathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernmost point of the region. Northern Ireland Tourist Board
Rathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernmost point of the region. Northern Ireland Tourist Board

By Discover Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's eateries have long been setting tables in rooms with exquisite views. So alongside delicious food and drink there's also a wonderful selection of amazing spaces to eat in. Here's Discover Northern Ireland's taster of 17 of the most spectacular.

Let's start off-shore in the Water Shed Café looking over the pretty harbour on Rathlin Island.

Back on the mainland the choice along the Causeway Coastal Route is immense.

In Ballycastle, the Marine Hotel occupies a great seafront position overlooking the beach and marina. In Portstewart, Harry's Shack serves up fresh local fish and brilliant beach vistas, while in Portballintrae the Bayview Hotel overlooks the ever changing Atlantic Ocean.

For sea views it's hard to beat Portrush, and places like 55 Degrees North, Ramore Harbour Bistro or the Royal Court Hotel.

In Derry~Londonderry you'll want to see the City Walls. Stir Restaurant in the Maldron Hotel is perfect; it looks right over the historic walls and serves up fab dining too.

Another spectacular Walled City setting is the Custom House Restaurant. Here it's about tremendous views of the River Foyle and the Peace Bridge accompanying uncomplicated, succulent dishes that use the finest local ingredients.

Uluru restaurant dishes up great views of Armagh’s historic market area alongside fine fare, and the Moody Boar is set in an attractive courtyard surrounded by the beautiful Armagh Palace Demesne.

Where the Mountains of Mourne do there sweeping down to the sea you'll find the Percy French Inn. Take in the stunning mountain and sea views, then enjoy a drink or delicious meal that will be big on local flavours.

Looking back into great views of the fertile landscapes that yielded your food in the first place is a nice experience, and both are on the menu at Harrison's of Greyabbey. The tasty food reflects the bounty of the spectacular Ards Peninsula, while the views of Strangford Lough, the Mournes and Scrabo Tower from Harrison's are renowned.

If you like the ambience of a cosy village setting, try the aptly named Foothills Bar and Restaurant in Gortin, overlooked by the Sperrin Mountains. Ingredients direct from the lush County Tyrone fields can also be found at The Black Cat Restaurant with great views over Martray Lough.

For superb views of the Fermanagh lakelands, the Manor House Hotel is hard to beat. The ornate interior high ceilings and large windows in its Belleek Restaurant frame spectacular panoramas of Lough Erne, marina and hotel grounds.

Finn Lough is another picture-perfect spot for relaxing over breakfast, lunch or an evening meal with an extra helping of breath-taking views of the Fermanagh waters.

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