Dinner At Fish City, Belfast

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Last weekend we went to Belfast to check out the Fish City restaurant in the city centre.  Located on Ann Street next to Victoria Square, Fish City is something of a rarity in the heart of Belfast – a proper fish and chip shop!  While John Long’s has been serving fish and chips in the city since 1914, Fish City has taken things to another level, and this award-winning fish and chip shop just adds to the huge variety of eating options that Belfast City Centre now has.

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A New Chapter For Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough

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We were recently invited along to a media night at The Parson’s Nose in Hillsborough to celebrate a new chapter in this gastro-pub, following a recent £500,000 investment into the premises.  We’ve dined in The Parson’s Nose on a number of occasions (read about our lunch experience here), most recently over Christmas to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary.  As we arrived at the media night, we didn’t know what to expect in terms of renovations, but we really were blown away by the changes that had been made since our last visit.

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A Noble Dining Experience

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A few weeks back we were in Holywood for the afternoon, and while we hadn’t set out to grab food in the area, our trip had been longer than expected so our focus quickly turned to places to eat.  We don’t know Holywood that well and aren’t regular visitors to the area but we had heard good things about Noble and decided to make it our port of call for dinner.  As it was a Wednesday night we were unsure of whether or not we needed to book, and thankfully we were able to get a table without much trouble.

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Glamour and a Musical – Our Stay in The 5 Star Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

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A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of a fabulous competition for two to stay a night in the newly awarded 5 Star Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast. The prize also included two tickets to see Chicago the musical in the beautiful Grand Opera House which is next door to the hotel. After deliberating long and hard I decided it was probably best to bring Nial 😉

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Amazing food in a wonderful setting at Bull and Ram in Ballynahinch

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On Saturday night we made the short trip from Newcastle to Ballynahinch to try out the recently opened Bull and Ram restaurant.  Located beside the main roundabout as you travel through Ballynahinch, the Bull and Ram has been making all the right noises since opening its doors back in June, and it even impressed one of our favourite food critics, Jay Rayner, who shared a fantastic review on The Guardian (you can check it out here when you’re finished with this one).

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Great Food at Coq & Bull Brasserie, Clandeboye Lodge

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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

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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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Gourmet Wine Evening at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

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Last week we were invited along to the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in our home town of Newcastle for a lovely gourmet wine evening.  We’ve been pretty fortunate over the last 8 – 9 months to be invited along to a number of fine dining evenings thanks to the NI Year of Food & Drink, although we like to think it’s down to the fact that we’re great company 🙂

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Surprise 70th Birthday Party in Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle


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A few weeks ago we celebrated my mum’s 70th Birthday in Hugh McCann’s, Newcastle.  We worked so hard to make sure the party was kept a complete surprise, and the reaction of Retta on the day proved that all the hard work was worth it.  From early on I knew I wanted a vintage chic theme and I knew that the beautiful, boutique style interior of Hugh McCann’s would be perfect.  We booked an upstairs section of Hugh McCann’s that overlooks the stunning promenade and sea views in Newcastle.  This just added to the charm and character of the room and made the venue even more special as we sat down with family and friends to enjoy the 70th Birthday meal.

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Luxury and Relaxation at The Culloden Hotel

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A few weeks back we went off on a little adventure to kickstart our July holidays.  First up was a lovely lunch at the Michelin Starred Deanes EIPIC (which you can read about here), followed the next day by a night of fine dining and relaxation at the luxurious 5 star Culloden Estate and Spa in the village of Cultra just outside Belfast.

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