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7 great spots for Sunday lunch in Northern Ireland this winter

It’s difficult to beat a cosy Sunday lunch, and it’s especially tempting when the weather forces us indoors or we’re just not in the mood to cook.

A good Sunday lunch can make the weekend seem that wee bit longer, providing the perfect opportunity to lay low and fill up on great food, drink and chat before the week begins.  

Not sure where to start? Find below 7 great Sunday lunches to experience this winter.

1. Bull & Ram, Ballynahinch

Bull & Ram offers the quintessential Sunday lunch with its cosy setting and locally-sourced menu.

A trip to the Ballynahinch restaurant is a good place to stop when out for a Sunday drive, and the restaurant’s setting could not be more authentic, based in a grade I listed Edwardian butchery.

Unsurprisingly, the meat takes centre stage on Bull & Ram’s Sunday Lunch menu, with delicious sides like purple broccoli, roast potatoes and homemade gravy providing a perfect accompaniment.

Sunday lunch is from 12-4pm, with three courses at £24.95 per person. Find out more at

Traditional Sunday roast

2. Il Pirata, Belfast

An Italian restaurant may not be the obvious choice for a traditional Sunday lunch, but Il Pirata's sharing roasts are truly unmissable.

Located on the ever-growing foodie hub of Ballyhackamore, east Belfast the restaurant offers a rustic style ambiance and relaxed, friendly service along with an extensive locally sourced menu.

The sharing roasts alternate week by week with choices including beef, pork, chicken and salmon - which are, of course, accompanied with the traditional Sunday roast sides.

A sharing roast for two people is priced from £22-28 and is served from 12-9pm. For more information, visit

3. Ballygally Castle, Ballygally  

Situated along the north coast and overlooking the Atlantic, the picturesque setting of Ballygally Castle makes it even more appealing come Sunday afternoon.

Then there is the food to look forward to, which consists of several great starters, a carvery menu of beef, turkey, ham and lamb and a selection of delicious trimmings. To finish off (and if you still have room), are various tempting desserts to choose from.

Sunday lunch is served at 12-2.30pm

Cost: £27 per adult and £15 per child

Visit for more information.

Traditional Sunday roast

4. Balloo House, Killinchy

Based in the quaint village of Killinchy, Balloo House is a treat for those looking to have a day out in the countryside. The house’s county-style pub – or its fine dining area - provide a perfect setting for Sunday lunch. 

A lot of love has gone into Balloo House’s Sunday lunch menu, typically including a selection of adventurous starters, as well as main dishes such as beetroot risotto or roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding.  For afters, the restaurant’s sticky toffee pudding or crumble are hard to beat.

3 Courses £22.95

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5. Noble, Holywood

A new (ish) restaurant in Northern Ireland, Noble is already being praised for it’s wonderful menus and great atmosphere.

'Noble Sundays' has a tantalising choice of carefully curated starters, traditional and seasonal mains (including a tasty beef option), as well as a dessert list that will have you struggling to resist the whole three courses.

2 Courses £18 / 3 Courses £23 per person

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6. The Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough

The Parson’s Nose is as rustic as they come with its setting in an 18th-century Georgian townhouse and a roaring fire greeting you as you enter through its doors. Plus, the food offerings will have your taste buds bursting.

Choose from a selection of well thought out dishes including Peter Hannon meats, seasonal vegetables and a great dessert menu to boot.

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Traditional Sunday roast

7. 4 Vicars Restaurant, Armagh

Situated along the historic hill of Armagh, 4 Vicars is in a wonderful spot after a day of Sunday shopping or sightseeing in the city.  

The menu is limited but will impress with its variety of locally sourced produce and inventive dishes. Having won the Georgina Campbell Award for Best Casual Dining, at 4 Vicars you can be sure of a relaxed and enjoyable lunch come Sunday.

2 Courses £23 / 3 Courses £26. Served between 12-3pm.

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Looking to combine your Sunday lunch with a night or two away? Check out Expedia’s epic road trips for an opportunity to make the most out of your weekend and see more of Ulster.

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