Food & Dining
Northern Ireland is a great destination for lovers of good food and drink.
An unspoilt environment and mild climate produce superb, high quality food. Our seafood, beef, lamb, game, dairy produce, fruit and vegetables are among the best in the world, and the region is gaining renown for the reputation of its local producers. Maybe you already know that Lough Neagh is Europe's greatest source of eels and that the famous Bushmills Whiskey has been produced in the County Antrim village of Bushmills for 400 years! Perhaps you have heard of Finnebrogue Venison - the best venison meat in the world - and the humble Comber potato, grown in the arable farmland of County Down.
From sea-front restaurants along the Causeway Coastal Route to seafood bars at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, contemporary city restaurants in Belfast and the City of Derry to cookery courses in the heart of Fermanagh Lakelands, and hearty pub grub in the beautiful rural spots. Read on to learn more about Food in Northern Ireland.
Are you planning to dine out over Christmas? The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) would like to remind you to ‘look before you book’ by checking businesses' food hygiene rating. Find out more.