Eating & Drinking inNorthern Ireland

Exquisitely beautiful landscapes from the Mourne Mountains to the rugged coastline 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.

In the capital, you'll find long-standing favourites such as Hadski's, James St and Deanes Eipic. Joining Hadski's in the Cathedral Quarter this year is Nico Simeone's Six by Nico concept, an enterprising formula of a six-course tasting menu that changes every six weeks for a budget-friendly £29 - outposts can also be found in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Just a short drive from the city in Moira you'll find Great British Menu veteran Chris McGowan's Wine & Brine serving up food sourced from estimable regional growers and producers. Enjoy the likes of cured and torched mackerel with sea lettuce in dashi dressing, followed by rump and pressed shoulder of glorious Mourne lamb served with smoked aubergine. 

If you happen to visit the north coast, be sure to make 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, making the most of the fruits of the surrounding waters.

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