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. 

Legenderry Food Festival 2016

Legenderry Food Festival 2016

17 March - 20 March, Londonderry/Derry

Derry in Northern Ireland will be hosting the appropriately named LegenDerry Food Fest, a three-day event of entertainment, excitement, and fantastic local food. Taking place in two main locations – the Guildhall Square and the Festival Marquee – you can be sure to find something for you at this event.

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Love Local brunch at Newforge House

21 February, Co Armagh

Join the Belfast Food Tour to meet John and Lou Mathers at Newforge House and enjoy a tasty brunch.

Mourne Seafood Cookery School

Mourne Seafood Cookery School

23 January - 30 April, Co Down

The Mourne Seafood Cookery School is a state of the art cookery school located in the Nautilus Centre, with panoramic views of Kilkeel Harbour.


The Salty Dog Gourmet Evening: Feast of Heritage

17 March, Co Down

Enjoy a special Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016 gourmet dinner at The Salty Dog.


Naturally North Coast & Glens Market - Ballycastle Diamond

02 April - 30 August, Co Antrim

Becoming a popular site the Naturally North Coast & Glens market comes to the centre of Ballycastle giving everyone a chance to see the wide range of produce on offer.

Exhibition - History of Comber

Comber Food Tour

05 May, Co Down

If you are interested in cooking and eating food, then this is the tour for you! Enjoy a food and history tour around Combers best local producers.

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Woodland and Whiskey Tour

23 April, Co Down

Experience Ards and North Down on a guided tour. Join bird expert, Dot Blakely and learn to recognise the songs of the dawn chorus, then explore the unexplored farmland at Mount Stewart and visit the recently opened Echlinville Whiskey Distillery.

Enniskeen Country House - Afternoon Tea

Enniskeen Country House - Afternoon Tea

01 May - 31 May, Co Down

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Enniskeen Country House inspired by our wonderful local Mourne Honey.

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Naturally North Coast Artisan Market - Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival

01 May - 28 August, Co Antrim

Naturally North Coast and Glens delivers a genuine independent community owned and managed artisan market across and beyond the North Coast and Glens area in Northern Ireland.

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The Good Life Festival at Oxford Island

25 March - 26 March, Co Armagh

The Good Life Festival is a fun filled family day out on the shores of Lough Neagh at Oxford Island. Enjoy the best of Northern Ireland’s music, food, culture & creativity and pick up some ideas for getting the best out of life.

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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.




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

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.


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.

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.

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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 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.

Food News & Updates

Useful Links

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

Gluten Free Ireland Directory