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Noble in Holywood: Why I'm happy to raise a glass to this tasty menu

There are no complaints about the quality of the wine on offer at this Holywood restaurant which perfectly complements the exciting food

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Noble, at Church Road, Holywood

Noble, at Church Road, Holywood

Noble, 27a Church Road, Holywood. Tel: 028 9042 5655

Noble, 27a Church Road, Holywood. Tel: 028 9042 5655

Noble, at Church Road, Holywood

Tasting menus used to be a bit of a pain. My inherent paranoia told me that the concept was conceived by money-grabbing, over-confident restaurateurs who were more concerned with giving diners what their chefs wanted to give them. I worried about being locked into an inescapable series of dishes I wouldn't have chosen otherwise.

To further tighten the straitjacket straps, you could opt for the wine pairings. Things have changed in recent years but in the not-so-distant past you could have bet your driving licence that not one of those wines would be a belter. The wines would be at best safe and passable, at worst, cheap and mediocre.

Most stressful of all was the number of times I sat in front of an empty glass for a seeming eternity between courses having swallowed the two mouthfuls in the glass paired with the earlier dish. Anxieties surrounding a wine drought at the table defeated the reason I came out to the restaurant in the first place.