1 Day Itinerary (except Sunday)
Locally caught seafood, organic produce and fertile open farmland make Derry a culinary destination. So whether you are looking for contemporary cuisine, a fine dining experience or just casual eating, you’ll find it all in County Londonderry!
Start your journey by travelling to JC Stewarts Foodhall in Magherafelt. A pioneer in local produce, this independently owned supermarket believes food closer to home is fresher, better quality, with more flavour and better value. In fact if it’s a quality product grown, reared or produced in Northern Ireland then JC Stewart Foodhall stocks it. You could spend hours browsing the local meat, local bacon, ham and dairy products, together with bread from a dozen local bakeries.
Continue your journey to the charming village of Castledawson. Park on the main street in the morning and you’ll get the wonderful aroma of fresh baking. Follow your nose and it will lead you to award-winning Ditty’s Home Bakery and Coffee Shop. Owner and baker Robert Ditty is a local food hero and a pioneer in artisan baking including traditional Northern Irish soda and potato breads, cooked on a griddle. Robert’s traditional oatcakes are also very popular and they are just one of his products that are exported to some of the finest food stores in Ireland and the UK. Pop in to buy something delicious to take home or take time to relax at one of the tables and indulge in a home baked scone, muffin or pastry.
Next travel north-west along the Glenshane Pass to the town of Dungiven. The pass cuts through the Sperrin Mountains and offers panoramic views over the Sperrins, Lough Neagh, Glens of Antrim, Slemish and on a good day, the Mournes.
Enjoy a relaxed lunch at Dungiven Castle; the restaurant offers innovative cuisine prepared with carefully selected local produce and the stunning 22 acres of beautiful landscape gardens will ensure a dining experience to remember.
After lunch travel into the Walled City of Derry and soak up the rich and varied cultural heritage of the city. Perhaps walk off your lunch with a walking tour of the City Walls or step back in time and relive the city’s past in the Tower Museum.
Café Calm dubbed Derry’s most cosmopolitan coffee house in the heart of the city offers tourists and local alike a welcome stop close to many of the city’s attractions.
Later escape the hustle and bustle and travel 2 miles outside the city centre to the Beech Hill Country House Hotel for a special fine dining experience. The hotel’s Ardmore Restaurant is internationally renowned with President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary Clinton among the many celebrity guests to have expressed delight at the food. The restaurant prides itself on using the finest and freshest local, and largely organic, produce - venison, beef and a wide range of seafood, much of it hand-caught by local fishermen.
Perhaps extend your gourmet delight with an overnight stay in the Beech Hill Country House Hotel, their buffet breakfast offers traditional Northern Irish fare, or return to the city and try the City Hotel or Tower Hotel.
Award-winning McNulty’s Fish & Chips, Limavady, the McNulty's name has been synonymous with quality fish and chips since 1945. This tradition of quality remains unchanged and the present takeaway has a reputation that goes far beyond the boundaries of County Londonderry.