Review: The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, the place of choice for the famous for a stopover and the Game of Thrones gang to drink in. It’s the hotel with the quirkiest media events and definitely one of the city’s best views!

We were invited along to try out the Fitz and its restaurant recently ahead of what is sure to be another buzzing year for the hotel.

Parking conveniently right across the road, we checked in, and headed up to our suite (yes, a proper treat!) to settle in. And immediately, our expectations were exceeded. The suite was huge!

With views overlooking North Belfast and Cave Hill, a beautifully appointed huge room, and floor to ceiling windows, the luxury had begun. Open plan from the bedroom, but behind a dividing wall was an equally huge bathroom, with two sinks and a shower almost the same size as our bathroom at home! You couldn’t ask for more and already it’s up there with the best of the best.

Having a room that size really means that you don’t want to leave it. So we sat down and enjoyed a bottle of fizz and relaxed before getting ready and head downstairs to the restaurant.

It’s a restaurant we’ve been to a few times before and the service was impeccable as always, even when we haven’t been invited along by the hotel to experience it!

Recently, the Fitz hosted an intimate dining experience on its stunning Ninth Floor to introduce its new head chef, Alastair Fullerton. Having met the guy and experienced his food, we had high expectations for our meal. And we weren’t disappointed.

Starting off with an amouse bouche of escalope and prawn cocktail in a cone, this cute and delicious bite sized treat was the perfect start to the night.

Starter was tomato soup with cream and wheaten bread and crispy fried goats cheese with beetroot and walnuts.

Main course was Fillet of Northern Irish beef with caramelised onion mashing fricassee of mushroom and also Roast breast of Chicken with creamed cabbage and bacon and root vegetable purée.

A tasty meal with very generous portions! We ordered sides, but you really don’t need them as the main courses are substantial on their own.

Dessert was almost too much, but had to be tried of course. So a portion of ice cream and sorbet, and Vanilla Creme Brûlée later two very happy customers almost rolled out of the restaurant.

The whole experience was sophisticated and relaxing with exemplary service from the team and with really great traditional food with a fine dining twist and very generous portions.

Of course after a meal in the restaurant, a night at the Fitz wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the hotel bar for some of their cocktails!

Equally impressive was the breakfast the following morning. With a good buffet selection for the continental breakfast followed with a freshly cooked to order hot breakfast, we left stuffed and very content.

As one time guest Rihanna sang,
‘Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond

Find light in the beautiful sea
I choose to be happy
You and I, you and I
We’re like diamonds in the sky’

That’s just what the Fitz is, a diamond!!

Post Author: Belfast Times

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