6 1/2 things we loved about The Doyen and Morso

The former King’s Head pub opposite the King’s Hall on the Lisburn Road reopened as The Doyen recently with a much-needed makeover. The new food and entertainment venue boasts a traditional pub, cafe bar and spacious beer garden, along with a brand new Italian-themed restaurant, Morso.

We’ve been to enjoy a few drinks in the beautiful bar and a hearty meal in Morso.

What did we love about the venue?

  • The stylish café bar is open from early morning and specialises in crafted coffee and brunch before turning into a busy prosecco, gin and cocktail bar in the evening. It’s an impressive and cosy space!
  • The venue boasts a traditional and stunning public bar serving a daily gastropub menu and their own Doyen-branded lager. In traditional bar style it has live entertainment, quiz nights and sports events.
  • The outdoor area is fantastic with drop-down screens to cater for sports fans, and features heated seats, a roaring fire pit and snugs. Definitely perfect for a cosy snuggle on a cold winter night.
  • Morso, the family friendly Italian themed restaurant upstairs is the perfect venue to celebrate a Christmas do or a big family event. It’s a big space with hearty Italian food, created by head chef Kyle Greer, to keep everyone in the family happy.
  • The Feed the Family Monday-Wednesday promotion for £30, feeds the family with Garlic Bread, 2 pizzas and 2 sides.
  • Morso has an impressive wine list to accompany your meal, as well as a unique cocktail menu with drinks such as the Morso Martini with Limoncello.
  • Here’s the best bit, if size matters the portions are big and filling!


What did we eat?


  • Sourdough Pizza bread with roast garlic, mozzarella, oregano and olive oil – £6
  • A small mortadella meatballs on spaghetti with spiced tomato sauce and Parmesan – £8


  • Marinated Picanha steak with wilted spinach with grilled tomatoes – £16
  • Wild mushroom and truffle tagliatelle with marsala, thyme and parmesan – £12


  • Warm cinnamon spiced rice pudding with gingerbread ice cream – £6

Big portions left us stuffed but happy. Personally I’d be going for the less is more vibe with less mushroom in the main and less cinnamon in the rice pudding, leaving more of a subtle taste vibe. Otherwise you couldn’t fault it as a family friendly venue with good portions and good prices.


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