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Restaurant Review: Hinch Brasserie deserves to be a tourist attraction in its own right

Joris Minne


Hinch Brasserie, 19 Carryduff Road, Ballynahinch, Tel: 028 9279 1180, www.hinchdistillery.com/brasserie

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Cyprus Avenue

Cyprus Avenue

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

Comber Earlies

Comber Earlies

Ninth Wave Gin cured salmon

Ninth Wave Gin cured salmon

The Hinch burger

The Hinch burger

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Cyprus Avenue

Restaurants attached to visitor centres, tourist attractions and museums used to send a shiver up my spine. Chips soggy as sea slugs, week-old scones that shrivelled your tongue, and coffee and tea which tasted of weak Bovril, served by sullen staff, these places were the bottom feeders in the hospitality industry’s ecology.

But we all wised up a few years ago, put our collective foot down and said: enough. If you’re going to charge us for this sewage, we’ll not be back. This has changed and there are now excellent tag-on cafes in which to revive your drooping spirits after an afternoon of culture. The Ulster American Folk Park in Tyrone now boasts a social enterprise restaurant so good it has become a destination itself. The same goes for the Ulster Museum, Hillsborough Castle’s restaurant and the MAC.


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