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Tele Recommends: Northern Ireland's best gastro pubs

We've consulted the experts to bring you the best Northern Ireland has to offer - the places, the food, the music, the craic.

The Dirty Duck Bar/Restaurant in Holywood
The Dirty Duck Bar/Restaurant in Holywood

Tom Kerridge’s new book, Proper Pub Food, has been a roaring success for a man whose reputation as one of the friendliest chefs on the planet is well deserved.

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Balloo House, 1 Comber Road, Killinchy, BT23 6PA

North Belfast man Danny Millar is the king of pub food in Northern Ireland, managing to marry stunning flavours with country-sized plates that'll leave no one hungry. Expect dishes like ham hock fritters and 21-day aged Dexter beef.

Brewer's House, 73 Castlecaulfield Road, Dungannon, BT70 3HB

The Brewer's House is on the crest of a wave — best Gastropub in Northern Ireland in the 2013 Restaurant Association of Ireland awards, with chef Brian McMonagle recently picking up a Chef of the Year award. Along with the great food there's an interesting range of bottled beers.

Dirty Duck, 3 Kinnegar Road, Holywood, BT18 9JN. Tel: 9059 6666

A quirky and always jam-packed pub where the menu boasts a superb chowder. Any good pub needs a tale to tell and there's a great story of Old Donald Drake and the Dirty Duck to add some mystery to the building. Expect live music and a great place to sit outside.

Plough Inn, 3 The Square, Hillsborough, BT26 6AG

The Plough is one of just six pubs in Northern Ireland on Michelin's ‘Eating Out in Pubs' Guide. A heavy homage is paid to seafood with fish boards, local mussels and lobster and the pub classic — fish and chips!


Parson's Nose, 48 Lisburn Street, Hillsborough, BT26 6AB

I hesitated about putting Danny Millar on this list twice, but he does it so well it would've been wrong not to. Named after a part of a chicken's anatomy that we'll not mention in a family newspaper, the Parson's Nose is a place of beauty. Leggygowan's goats' cheese and Lisarra duck are just two items of local produce that proudly sit on the menu.

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