Archives for November 2016

10 Things to see and do in Belfast this Christmas

Things to do in Belfast Christmas - Pikalily food travel blog

We were recently asked by the guys at Go Euro to give 3 things to do in Belfast over Christmas.  Along with a number of other local bloggers, we provided a list of 17 things to do in Belfast this Christmas (which you can read here).  We thought we’d share some of our favourite things to check out in Belfast this Christmas, so here’s our list of 10 things to see and do this Christmas in Belfast.

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Quick and Easy Winter Irish Lamb Stew

Winter Irish Lamb Stew - Pikalily Food Blog

It may still be November but there’s a real chill in the air, and there’s no doubt that winter is coming!  In Northern Ireland this means one thing – it’s stew season.  Whether your choice of meat is beef or lamb, there’s no doubting the joys of seeing a pot on the hob with a hearty stew slowly cooking away.  We’ve been getting a lot of our meat in LIDL of late as we’ve been really impressed with the quality of meat on offer, so we grabbed a pound of lamb pieces and set to work on a lamb stew.  The ingredients, and recipe steps are below if you want to try out this tasty stew for yourself.

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Great Food at Coq & Bull Brasserie, Clandeboye Lodge

Coq and Bull at Clandeboye - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

Yesterday we shared with you our recent trip to the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor, Co. Down (which you can read here), and today we’re back with a review of our dining experience at the Coq & Bull Brasserie at the hotel.  As we were staying in the hotel, we booked a table for 7.30pm to give us ample time to relax in the hotel before enjoying our evening meal.  As we went down to the brasserie we could see it was already getting busy, an had a vibrant atmosphere.  As this was our first time dining at Coq & Bull, we knew the busy dining room was a good sign.  We were greeted by a member of staff and took a seat in the lounge area to enjoy a drink before taking a seat for dinner.

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A Night of R&R at Clandeboye Lodge Hotel, Bangor

Clandeboye Lodge Hotel Bangor - Pikalily Food Travel Blog

A couple of weeks ago we were invited along to the 4 Star Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor to visit the Coq & Bull Brasserie.  We hadn’t been to Bangor in a long time and it was our first time visiting both the Clandeboye and the Coq & Bull Brasserie so we didn’t really know what to expect.  It turned out to be a very special day for us as we had our 12 week scan earlier in the morning and are delighted to announce we are expecting our first child (but we’ll share more about this in a future blog).

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