Northern Ireland Food & Dining Out

Food & Dining

This is the tastiest time to visit Northern Ireland - a great destination for lovers of good food and drink and the Year of Food and Drink 2016 will be a celebration of everything that makes the produce from this place so good.

We craft, grow, breed, catch, cook and enjoy the finest, freshest food thanks to our rich land and dedicated hands, which makes for a truly delicious experience. 

Our beef, lamb, game, seafood, 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.  With award-winning contemporary city restaurants in Belfast and the City of Derry, effervescent sea-front restaurants along the Causeway Coastal Route, snug seafood bars at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, cookery courses in the heart of Fermanagh Lakelands, and hearty pub grub in the beautiful rural spots - we have it all. Read on to learn more about Food in Northern Ireland. 

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Halloween Fest at Inns Market

29 October, Belfast

With cooking demos from top chefs, face painting, balloon modelling, potato printing and storytelling all on top of our usual market stalls, it promises to be a scarily good day.

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Lisburn & Castlereagh Treat Week

29 October - 05 November, Lisburn

Whether you are a seasoned foodie or simply want an excuse for a day out or a night off, Lisburn Castlereagh presents Treat Week. Our restaurants and cafes will be cooking up a culinary storm. Expect to discover the true Taste of Ulster.


The Great Armagh Georgian Banquet

25 November, Armagh

The Archbishop's Palace will be the setting for a black tie gala banquet on the eve of Georgian Day.

Belfast Christmas Market

Belfast Christmas Market

19 November - 22 December, Belfast

The Belfast Christmas Market returns to Belfast City Hall on Saturday 19 November from 12 noon.

Georgian Day

Georgian Day

25 November - 26 November, Armagh

More than 70 stalls, hosted by traders in Georgian costumes, will line the streets for a truly unique experience. Festive music, horse-drawn carriage rides and the smell of mulled wine and mince pies exude a unique Christmassy atmosphere to enjoy!

Johnny Cash Tribute with June Carter

Johnny Cash Tribute with June Carter

26 October, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol presents the Johnny Cash tribute concert to celebrate the music of one of America's greatest music performers in a unique and authentic show.

Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his famous gig in Folsom Prison, he will ...

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Locally Produced Beer, Cider and Spirit Festival With Local Cheese

29 October, Co Down

Some of County Down’s finest food and drink artisanal producers will be at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle on October 29th for the inaugural Slieve Donard Beer, Cider, Spirit and Cheese Festival.

Ballycastle Walking & Food Tours

Ballycastle Walking & Food Tours

19 November, Co Antrim

A gentle walking tour of Ballycastle, showcasing the local food and flavours from farm to sea, breads, herbs, cheeses and patissierie.


Naturally North Coast & Glens Market - Marine Hotel Ballycastle

23 October - 27 November, Co Antrim

Naturally North Coast & Glens delivers a genuine independent community owned and managed artisan market show-casing local produce made by local people

Hallowtides 2016 Newry City

Hallowtides 2016 Newry City

28 October - 31 October, Co Down

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has lined up some fantastic events in Newry. From street treasure quests and ghost walks, to twilight markets, story telling, fancy dress parades and fireworks displays you'll find lots of free events.

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Mitre Restaurant

Co Down

The Mitre Restaurant remains one of the finest restaurants in Northern Ireland where guests enjoy food prepared by Paul McKnight, one of the country's leading chefs. It has received many coveted accolades, including an AA Rosette.

Deanes at Queens

Deanes at Queens


With it's glorious Terrace, Deanes at Queens is taking full advantage of its enviable leafy location overlooking the superb architecture of Methodist College. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner 6 days a week and is open for Sunday Lunch.

Balloo House

Balloo House

Co Down

Balloo House is a beautiful country pub and restaurant that successfully combines history, tradition and comfort with a forward thinking attitude and passion for excellence in food.


The Cuan Restaurant

Co Down

The success of The Cuan has been built on consistently serving excellent food and drink coupled with exceptional customer service. A strong emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and sourcing our produce locally. Stay over in our bedrooms.

Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge

Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge


Browns Restaurant and Champagne lounge has become the first restaurant in Northern Ireland to be included in the prestigious "Ireland’s Blue Book" association of hotels and restaurants.




OX restaurant offers relaxed dining overlooking the River Lagan and within walking distance of the Belfast Waterfront, St Georges Market and Odyssey Arena.

The Boat House

The Boat House

Co Down

Ideally located on Bangor's Quay Street, between the Old Tower and the Yachts of Bangor Marina, the name gives away the building's past - this former boat house retains much of its historical charm, with an interior tastefully decorated.

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The Poacher’s Pocket

Co Down

Originally established in the 1800’s as an old coaching inn, The Poacher’s Pocket is situated in the heart of picturesque County Down.


The Millstone

Co Tyrone

A little ‘Gem’ at the Foot of the Sperrins

The Millstone nestled at the foot of The Sperrin Mountains, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland offers top quality bar, restaurant & accommodation in a beautiful setting.

Useful Links

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

Gluten Free Ireland Directory