Valentine’s night in Belfast by Clara Lyttle

20130218-081754.jpgI thought it would be nice to spend Valentine’s night in the big smoke. So, thanks to Jeff at Belfast Times, I had tickets to Ulster’s Kama Sutra at The Grand Opera House and a Valentine’s meal at the Fitzwilliam hotel in Belfast.

However, there is always a drama before I get anywhere. I decided to lift my Fiancé from work in Omagh at 5.15 to make sure we would be up in time for our 7pm sitting. And at exactly 5.15 the engine on his car started to chug. Panic stations set in! I had to rush back home and get my wee banger and head straight up the road. 7.01; the time we landed in Belfast and I was literally running to The Fitzwilliam Hotel.

I have never been in The Fitzwilliam Hotel before and as we walked in my expectations were immediately blown out of the water. The foyer oozes’ luxury and warmth and off course the friendly staff made it even more welcoming.

We were greeted by Robyn at the restaurant who was just lovely. He took us to our seats and we deliberated over the Pre Theatre set menu. We didn’t have time for starters, so straight to mains. I ordered creamy chicken served in a bacon and garlic sauce on a bed of champ (yes, it was as good as it sounds) and Ryan ordered steak served with beetroot and red cabbage. The food was impeccable and the service was even better! Waited on by the very pleasant Patrick, we were spoiled. We decided to come back for our dessert after our visit to the Baby Grand at The Grand Opera House.

“The Ulster Kama Sutra” sounds kind of saucy? Well no, it’s not like that! OK, so I can see why you thought so. So did I until I got there. This show was very cleverly put together on the Northern Irish people’s perception of that word….SEX! This will definitely shock and amuse those who venture to see it. The comedy is inspired by 2 years of confessions from people all across the country, and it is a mixture of sketches and songs inspired by the Kama Sutra. If you are open minded and enjoy a bit of banter, this is definitely up your street. With the effective use of puppets throughout, this adult humoured story is brought to you by Nuala McKeever, Caroline Curran, Neil Keery and Shri Patel.

The great part about the Fitzwilliam being right next door to the Opera House was that we were able to pop back in for dessert and a drink after the play. Dessert is my favourite part of any meal and back in the Fitzwilliam we had Banofee pie and a Knickerbocker Glory followed by a little Cosmopolitan cocktail. I love cocktails and could drink them all night so it was great to get two free cocktail cards for our next visit, courtesy of The Fitzwilliam Hotel.

Now all I need is another night out in Belfast!

20130218-081749.jpgThe Ulster Kama Sutra is on in the Opera House until 23rd February and tickets are available from the Opera House Box Office on 02890241919 or online at

The Fitzwilliam Hotel can be booked for meals and accommodation at or by calling 02890442080

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