Northern Ireland’s Best Breakfast

IMG_5419Now that it’s payday weekend and all those post Xmas bills have finally been paid off (hopefully) it’s time to get a payday treat in, and for some that might include an Ulster Fry. If you are heading to St George’s Market you might be interested to hear that the Bar & Grill upstairs has been voted the Northern Ireland winner of best breakfast.

St George’s Market Bar and Grill was recently voted the Northern Ireland winner in the Shake-Up-Your-Wake-Up Breakfast Awards and overall runner-up restaurant for the whole of the UK.

Their breakfast ingredients are cherry picked from the fantastic producers in the market itself. The traditional dry cured bacon, sausages and eggs are from local, free-range farm and St George’s stall holder Pheasants’ Hill Farm using sustainable farming methods.

IMG_5438The soda and potato bread is from Chrissie, a local baker and stallholder at St George’s Market who uses her grandmother’s old-fashioned recipes using real buttermilk, all handmade on her farm in Killinchy. Even the butter is a Great Taste award winner, hand churned in Dromara by Abernethy Butter Company.

It’s great to see the restaurant supporting traders from my weekend workplace so on the Sunday after the win was announced I popped up to see what all the fuss was about.

What did I love about their Best of the Market breakfast?

I love that their food is sourced from downstairs in the market and was completely delicious. It was great to see vegetable roll in there, the return of a 70’s classic and reminded me of my childhood! The bacon was cooked just the way I love it, crispy, and the sausages were the best I’ve had in a fry in a while. I don’t know that it was the best fry I’ve had in Northern Ireland but it was full of flavour and better than ever.

I felt obliged to try out a side order of waffle from their newly launched brunch menu. I didn’t have any of the toppings, just maple syrup, but I’ll save them for next time as a toffee and banana topping sounds divine.

If I was being fussy, maybe it was cooked a tad longer than I’d prefer, but that didn’t deter me, the taste was spot on.

So when you are in the market at the weekend and want to sit and relax with a good fry, a great view over the bustling market, and with a friendly and happy team, you might want to go upstairs and order an award-winning fry made with local produce.

To find out more about St George’s Market Bar and Grill, its opening hours and menus visit

Post Author: Belfast Times

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