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Revealed: 12 of Northern Ireland's best places to eat

By Claire McKeever

Northern Ireland is now awash with many great places to enjoy wonderful food whilst soaking up beautiful surroundings.

You could be feasting on fresh seafood along the north coast one day then sat in a cosy gastro pub in County Down the next. 

There are a variety of special locations to soak up Northern Ireland’s excellent food and here are 12 to try out this autumn/winter.

1. Tartine at the Distillers Arms, Bushmills

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Tartine at the Distillers Arms

After a day of exploring the north coast, Tartine at the Distillers Arms is a special place to finish up amidst its warm and charming surroundings.

The award-winning restaurant’s dishes and impressive wine list are even more reason to make a last stop on a day out along the north coast.

The restaurant will be part of Causeway Coast and Glens Restaurant Week on 11th – 19th November, featuring theme nights, food tours and the very best of local produce from across the area.

Find out more at www.distillersarms.com

2. Holohan’s at the Barge, Belfast

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Holohans at the Barge

Sat along the River Lagan, Holohan’s at the Barge, a boat-turned-restaurant, is a dining experience not to forget.

The restaurant’s modest yet exciting menu includes some of the best home-grown produce and recipes, including a take on the traditional Northern Ireland “Boxty”,  a potato-filled dish that has become a favourite at Holohan’s.

Find out more at www.holohansatthebarge.co.uk

3. Walled City Brewery, Derry City

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The Walled City Brewery, Ebrington Square, Londonderry

Derry City has become a popular spot for those looking for a day trip with a difference, be it shopping in the city centre, wandering around the city’s ancient walls, or visiting various historic sites.

The Walled City Brewery is the perfect place to lay low after a fun-filled day, with its comfort food and vast array of beers.  

Find out more at www.walledcitybrewery.com

4. Moody Boar, Palace Stables, Armagh

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Moody Boar

At the height of autumn and as harvest season kicks in, the beautiful orchards and surroundings of Armagh can’t be beat.

This includes the surroundings of the Moody Boar, a bar and restaurant situated in the Palace Stables within Armagh’s Palace Demesne Public Park.

The restaurant hosts a special “Eating under the Stars” event in the summer and come autumn and winter, the cosy interior of the restaurant makes for a very pleasant place to enjoy its tasty and diverse menu.

Find out more at www.themoodyboar.com

5. Maghera Inn, Maghera

With neighbouring Mourne Mountains and Tollymore Forest, Maghera Inn is an ideal location to refuel after an autumn or winter walk.

The cosy pub and restaurant has an a la carte menu that includes the Maghera Inn Sizzling Platter and Seafood Chowder. The Inn

also holds great live music nights for those wanting to stay out beyond dinner.

Find out more at www.themagherainn.com

6. Amici, Portstewart

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Portstewart’s Old Golf Course, Amici Italian restaurant is a great spot to make the most of a day by the sea.

The restaurant’s menu has a variety of fresh Italian dishes, including a delicious seafood linguine and a selection of fresh homemade wood-fired pizzas.

Find out more at www.amiciportstewart.squarespace.com

7. Restaurant 23, Warrenpoint

With views out to Carlingford Lough, Restaurant 23 is in a superb location for a lazy weekend lunch or dinner.

The restaurant has an eclectic food menu that includes a slow cooked (24 Hour-long) Dry Age Beef from Dromara (with trimmings) and Coastal Seafood Chowder.

Find out more at www.restaurant23warrenpoint.com

8. St. George’s Market, Belfast

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St George’s Market, Belfast

If you’re looking for choice then the award-winning St. George’s Market has a great spread of different food stalls to choose from at its Food and Craft market.

One of Belfast’s oldest buildings, the market itself is a wonderful setting for feasting on a variety of foods from local businesses and producers.

Find out more at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/stgeorgesmarket

9. Catalina, County Fermanagh

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Catalina dining room at the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh

Northern Ireland’s first 3 AA Rosette hotel restaurant, Catalina is well known for its exciting menu and unique setting overlooking Castle Hume Lough in County Fermanagh.

The restaurant offers a variety of classic and contemporary dishes, with ingredients sourced from local producers such as Keenan Seafood and Limavady Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil.

Find out more at www.lougherneresort.com/catalina-restaraunt

10. Vanilla, Newcastle

Having just opened a new Tapas bar upstairs that overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by the Mourne Mountains, Vanilla restaurant is destined to become very popular with lovers of food and the outdoors. 

The tapas menu is impressive, including adventurous seafood and meat dishes such as Ink Aoili & Lime and a Spanish Sausage, Belly Pork & Chicken Cassoulet.

Find out more at www.vanillarestaurant.co.uk

11. Harry’s Shack, Portstewart

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Harry's Shack on Portstewart Strand.

Only three years old, Harry’s Shack has already gained a great reputation for its picturesque setting and tasty food.

The award-winning restaurant situated along Portstewart Strand, serves up fresh fish that is caught by local fishermen on a daily basis. 

The restaurant has also recently introduced a bar and veranda so customers can make the most of the incredible views that lie outside. 

Find out more at www.facebook.com/HarrysShack

12. Neptune & Prawn, Portush

Part of the Ramore restaurant complex, Neptune & Prawn has views looking out over Portrush Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean from its upstairs terrace and seating areas. The restaurant’s choice of tapas and meals are perfect for sharing and on a good day, drinks can be enjoyed out on the terrace. 

Find out more at www.ramorerestaurant.com/neptuneandprawn

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