Breakfast at Ballymote House in Downpatrick, County Down.
We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, in Northern Ireland, we’ve perfected the art of a hearty breakfast – whether it’s an Ulster Fry or a hot bowl of porridge.
With so many delicious cafés and restaurants, deciding where to have breakfast is just not that easy. So, to help, here’s a taster of some of the top spots for breakfast in Northern Ireland.
The French Rooms, County Antrim
In the heart of the village of Bushmills you will find The French Rooms, a beautiful and homely restaurant serving up a delicious breakfast menu featuring freshly made scones, hearty porridge and, of course, traditional cooked breakfasts.
After breakfast, take a tour of the four star Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery, and sample the famous whiskey for yourself.
Quails at the Gallery Café, County Down
You can find Quails at the Gallery in the four star FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge. This bright restaurant overlooks the stunning sculpture garden and breakfasts are lovingly prepared using Quails’ fine foods.
Spend some time marvelling at the works of FE McWilliam or exploring one of the visiting exhibitions. The craft shop also offers unique gifts and ceramics by Mount Ida Pottery.
The Jolly Sandwich Bar, County Fermanagh
The award-winning Jolly Sandwich Bar in Enniskillen, run by Hazel Johnston, serves up the best in hospitality and service. With an extensive breakfast menu offering homemade delights made with local ingredients and a very warm welcome, you might just have to come back again for lunch.
An Creagan Restaurant, County Tyrone
In bright and airy surroundings, with large windows overlooking the pond, breakfast at An Creagan is a relaxing experience. Dishes are prepared using local produce and herbs and vegetables from the gardens.
After breakfast, hire a bicycle and pedal your way around some of An Creagan’s cycle trails or head off to explore the spectacular Sperrin Mountains.
Deanes Deli Vin Café, Belfast
Situated in the bustling heart of Belfast, Deane’s Deli Vin Café, is perfect for enjoying a leisurely breakfast before heading off to explore the city. One of the best ways to see around the city is with four star Belfast City Sightseeing. A full tour takes 90 minutes or alternatively you can hop-on/ hop-off at attractions like Titanic Belfast along the way.
The Moody Boar, County Armagh
For a heavenly weekend breakfast, head to the Moody Boar at the Palace Stables, County Armagh. Treat yourself to a Moody Boar fry or try some delicious some homemade scones or wheaten bread. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to satisfy your taste buds. After breakfast, take a walk through the gardens and meadows of the Palace Demesne Public Park or head into the historic city of Armagh, where you can pay a visit to one of its' stunning cathedrals.
Lost & Found Brewbar, County Londonderry
Coffee lovers will adore this place. The Lost and Found Brewbar and Café in Coleraine is a beautifully modern space with great morning coffees and super breakfast dishes. Look out for artisan breads, seasonal ingredients and the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans.
After fuelling up for the day, take a trip to the Walled City of Derry, where walking tours such as five star Martin McCrossan City Tours offer a great chance to soak up the history and culture the city has to offer.