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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Moira Calling

10 September, Co Armagh

Moira Calling is Brown Lemonade’s inaugural one- day independent music festival being held in Moira Demesne on Saturday 10th September 2016. The festival will feature a total of 14 bands over two stages with Dublin’s Hudson Taylor the headline act.

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Alabama 3

11 November, Belfast

Brixton band Alabama 3 are pleased to announce the '20 Years of Alabama 3 Tour' is coming to Belfast's Limelight 1 on Friday November 11 2016.


Gourmet Wine Evening at Galgorm Resort & Spa

01 September, Co Antrim

Galgorm Resort & Spa welcome you to join us for a series of exclusive Gourmet Wine Evenings at The River Room in 2016.


The Ballynahinch Game and Harvest Festival

24 September - 25 September, Co Down

Northern Ireland's rich rural traditions and scenic Autumn splendours will be cause for celebration at the second Ballynahinch Game & Harvest Festival which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people to the County Down town.

Hillsborough Oyster Festival

Hillsborough International Oyster Festival & British Street Food Awards

30 August - 03 September, Co Down

Recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s landmark events, the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival returns for its 24th year and runs from Tuesday 30th August to Sunday 4th September 2016.


Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival

24 September - 25 September, Co Down

A three-day festival, sponsored by Finnebrogue Artisan, in honour of Sir Hans Sloane, inventor of milk chocolate, held in his home town of Killyleagh, County Down.


August Craft Month 2016

01 August - 31 August, Belfast

August Craft Month 2016 is the largest celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland. With a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, demon-strations, fairs, markets and more, August Craft Month has something for everybody, right across NI.

Big Brent Event at Castle Espie

Big Brent Event at Castle Espie

08 October - 09 October, Co Down

During the two days of the Big Brent Event, visitors to Castle Espie can experience the incredible journey of the light-bellied Brent through fun family activities, free photography workshops and expert talk!

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie

27 October - 04 November, Co Down

Enjoy Jump, Jiggle and Jive's Broomstick Disco, enter our fancy dress competition and have a close encounter with minibeasts, reptiles and more! Get your faces painted and enjoy some spooky storytelling out on the reserve!

The Great Armagh Georgian Banquet

The Great Armagh Georgian Banquet

25 November, Armagh

For the first time ever, the doors of the majestic Archbishop’s Palace will be opened to the public for a Black Tie gala banquet. Guests will join Georgian Characters in an evening of entertainment, with an amazing 5 course menu.




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

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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.

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.

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.


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.

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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.

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 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 Millstone

Co Tyrone

Nestled at the foot of The Sperrin Mountains, The Millstone is the perfect location to either relax or enjoy the numerous activities that Tyrone has to offer. With top class accommodation, restaurant and bar facilities.

Useful Links

Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink

Gluten Free Ireland Directory