Uptown Sunday at The Ivory

Belfast was certainly buzzing with a number of festivals at the weekend, but we managed to find a little oasis to unwind and relax. It was Sunday afternoon and Chillifest and the Maritime Festivals were in full swing and very busy, but further down the road, at The Ivory in House of Fraser, we discovered Uptown Sundays. If you haven’t heard about Uptown Sundays, it’s basically chilled out Balearic beats, Soul, Funk and Jazz presented by Slim Jim and friends from 1pm every Sunday, with a special brunch menu.
We arrived at 1pm on the button, and immediately took up residence on the sunniest spot on the terrace. The weather was warm and sunny, the music was laid back, and we just chilled out and ate brunch for the next hour and a half. Our main courses consisted of Chilli Chicken, Steak, Fish and chips, and Burger and chips followed by the delicious dessert special of Sticky Toffee Puddings. The staff were very friendly and we had a laugh, obviously they were getting in on the chilled out vibe coming from the tunes in the background.
Although Uptown Sunday was advertised to start at 1pm, it wasn’t until nearer 2pm that Jim arrived, the music kicked off properly and the outdoor lanterns were put in place to create the holiday vibe. That was disappointing, as was the need to turn on all the outdoor heaters on a day when the temperature on the terrace was already hovering around 20 degrees.
Inside, The Ivory was still displaying a lot of the Fashion loves Art exhibition pieces and it gave the restaurant that extra bit of drama and visual appeal.
We all loved Uptown Sunday and agreed the experience and service was the best we’d had for a while in Belfast, and it provided the perfect Sunday chill out, away from the madness of the festivals. So if you are looking for a relaxing Sunday Brunch with a holiday vibe, head on over to the Ivory, but maybe leave it to arrive between 1.30-2pm.


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2 thoughts on “Uptown Sunday at The Ivory

    Belfast Bites (@belfastbites)

    (September 13, 2011 - 2:09 pm)

    Hadn’t heard of this – sounds like a really good idea… albeit poorly implemented. Wonder if it is ongoing?

    Have to say a brunch menu served from 1pm that includes fish and chip and burgers is just wrong – any ideas where to get a proper brunch?


      (September 13, 2011 - 5:33 pm)

      Hey, the end of summer uptown party was last Saturday 11th. No doubt it will return next summer. I’d love to find out who does a great proper brunch in the city! Possibly Harlem on Bedford Street?

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