Belfast Restaurant Week 2012

20121017-134800.jpgLast week we went all foody, and embraced the first Belfast Restaurant Week.

First up was the great Charles Campion afternoon tea which I’ve already talked about.

Then I went on the hunt for a great value lunchtime offer and ended up in St George’s Bar&Grill. I didn’t even know they opened at lunchtime, so that was the first big revelation thanks to BRW. It also turns out they have a great express menu, where you can phone in your order prior to arriving, and get a great £5 lunch.

We had a wonderful night in James Street South tasting some delicious cheese, perfectly complemented by a selection of wines. The evening was relaxed and welcoming, as we all mingled at leisure, tasting the great cheese selection and chatting with the experts. Who knew there was so much to find out about cheese!

20121017-134754.jpgThe week ended in 2 big highlights with the fantastic Belfast Bred tour and an amazing evening meal in Harlem Cafe.

Barney, who has been frozen in an iceberg for 100 years, since his ship sank, took us on a fun and lively tour around some City centre venues, starting with the legendary Sawers.

We were guided through Sawers as we learnt a bit about its history whilst tasting breads, cheeses and olives. Next on the tour was Mourne Seafood where again, we were treated to a few delicious seafood dishes and learnt about the history of Mourne Seafood.

After a brief tour through the City Centre by the madcap Barney, we popped into the John Hewitt for some cider then Nick’s Warehouse for cheese and crackers, before heading towards the foodie paradise of St Georges Market.


The Belfast Bred tour was definitely one of my favourite City tours to date…just hilarious!

We finished Restaurant Week in McHughs on Saturday night for a bit of amazing Jazz before heading to Harlem on Bedford Street for a night of delicious cocktails, perfect service and great value tasty food. Actually can’t fault was just perfect.

Huge cheers for Belfast Restaurant Week 2012 and we hear the plans for next year are even bigger and better… it.


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