Eating & Drinking inNorthern Ireland

Exquisitely beautiful landscapes from the Mourne Mountains to the rugged coastlines make Northern Ireland a dream destination. These days, there is good dining to be had all over the province, which means visiting is all the more of a treat. Days that kick off with a fortifying Ulster fry, not forgetting some of the best black pudding to be found in the British Isles, might take in snacks of dulse (dried red seaweed) and yellow man honeycomb, and conclude with a multi-event tasting menu at one of Belfast's cutting-edge addresses.

It's in the capital that our Best Local Restaurant regional award winner, Hadskis, is to be found, a pared-back venue in the Cathedral Quarter where modern European light bites, Peter Hannan’s famed beef and truffled Parmesan chips are the order of the day. Elsewhere in the city, new kid on the block Yügo delivers pan-Asian fusion food with character and zest to spare, while Eipic continues to set the standard with Alex Green's tasting menus of vanguard Irish cooking.

Out in County Armagh, Clenaghans at Craigavon occupies an 18th-century house where old advertising posters and nostalgic candlelight provide an inviting setting for Danni Barry's regionally driven cooking. Expect plenty of seasonal greens in dishes that beguile both eye and palate. Blow any remaining cobwebs away on the north coast with a stop at Harry's Shack on the beach at Portstewart, a wood-built seafood cabin that bravely faces the smack of the Atlantic wind.

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