If you’ve read my guide to a microgap in Belfast, then you’ll know that I think Belfast is a brilliant city for foodies. I couldn’t squeeze every single place we ate and drank at into that post so here I am, writing a dedicated post to all things food and drink in Belfast. I can’t promise this wont make you feel hungry!…
This was the first food stop during our weekend in Belfast and Yardbird didn’t disappoint. For just £5.95 (a bargain compared to prices we’re used to in London!), we each went for the lunch special. I had the Yardburrito, while my boyfriend went for the quarter chicken and chips. Washed down with a pint of cider, I could tell we were going to like Belfast!
St George’s Market
St George’s Market is a must-visit on a Saturday in the city. We got there around 11.30am and tried to find the shortest queue on the breakfast stalls to serve us a famous Belfast Bap. Packed with breakfast goodies, it was deliciously naughty and the perfect way to start a busy day of exploring. Just before we left the Market, I couldn’t resist a pretty pink German biscuit for a sweet treat.
I’d read about Molly’s Yard online a few months before our microgap to Belfast and made a dinner reservation to enjoy their 5-10-5 menu. With starters £5, mains £10 and desserts £5, this was an absolute bargain! They also have a few craft beers from Hilden Brewery, which I knew my boyfriend would appreciate. I went for the arancini to start followed by a warming cottage pie. It was delicious!
The Crown Liquor Saloon
The Crown Liquor Saloon is the oldest bar in Belfast and a bit of an institution. Inside, it has wooden booths with saloon style doors and big wooden barrels behind the bar. The gin selection was good and I went for the rhubarb and ginger with ginger ale while my boyfriend had a Guinness, of course!
Mourne Seafood Bar
I’m not a great seafood fan but my boyfriend is and with Belfast being a real seafood city, it was only right that we booked one dinner at the popular Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast city centre. I had the goats cheese starter and the fish & chips main and we couldn’t help but go for the sticky toffee pudding to share for dessert. Yum!
The Duke of York
The Duke of York on Commercial Street is probably the most Instagrammed place in Belfast. Red fairy lights cover the cobbled street outside and inside, the pub is covered with various beer and Guinness memorabilia. Check out the steps going up to the toilets too with poetry lines written across them.
The Tipsy Bird
This is the place to go for cocktails before a dinner out. We headed to The Tipsy Bird early evening on a Saturday, managed to get a table for two, and sipped on delicious cocktails to a brilliant acoustic set live soundtrack.
Howard Street Restaurant came highly recommended by a colleague so I managed to make a reservation for the Friday evening of our stay. I could tell this place was popular as there wasn’t a spare table in sight! The menu had so many tasty sounding dishes, it was hard to choose. I ended up going for a ham hock starter followed by the Massaman chicken curry, which was one of – if not, the – best I have ever had!
Made in Belfast Cathedral Quarter
Another one of the reservations I’d made in advance of our microgap to Belfast was Made in Belfast, Cathedral Quarter. This place had a really quirky feel about it with colourful chairs, wooden tables and black and white hand drawn walls. My dinner was cooked to perfection. I had slow cooked pork belly served with potato boxty (I’d been dying to try this!), pork, leek and parmesan encroute and greens.
The Sunflower Pub is a great place for live music, drinks and it even has a pizza oven in the beer garden. The cage on the front of The Sunflower, leftover from Belfast’s troubled past, has become a bit of an attraction too.