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Northern Ireland

All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland. A local guide to local places.

Northern Ireland is awakening to flavour.

The country has always had a strong agricultural tradition and a dynmaic culture of superb restaurants. But, in the last five years or so, a tribe of atrisans, producing raw milk blue cheese, and goat bacon, and salt-cured beef, have begun to fire up standards, demands and expactations. The North is awakening to flavour.

And the great thing about these flavours is their distinctiveness. Nothing tastes like North Coast shorthorn beef. Nothing tastes like a Potravogie prawn. Nothing tastes like a sourdough bread from Antrim, or a cup of freshly roasted coffee in Coleraine.

And marching hand in hand with this taste awakening is another tribe, of talented cooks, brewers, publicans, marketeers, folk who are forging relationships wirth their fellow food lovers to create like-minded communities on the Northern Coastline, in the markets, in south Down, in Derry. In truth, the food scene in Northern Ireland is more exciting than it has ever been, more hungry, more eager, more ambitious. The food lovers of the North are writing a whole new chapter for their country.

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Featured Places in Northern Ireland

52 Market Street, Downpatrick, Co Down BT30 6LP
The Courtyard, 5A High Street, Comber BT23 5HJ
45 Ann Street, Ballycastle BT5 46AA
36-38 Newry Street, Banbridge BT32 3HA
71 Moorfields Road, Ballymena, County Antrim
21 James Street South Belfast, County Antrim, BT2 7GA

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