Taste the Island: Celebrating Northern Ireland’s fantastic food and drink

From outstanding local produce to award-winning restaurants, Northern Ireland has much to offer the foodie traveller. It was recently named the World’s Best Food Destination at the International Travel & Tourism Awards 2018/19 and there’s never been a better time to visit.

This autumn, Tourism Northern Ireland are championing local food and drink and encouraging visitors to #TasteTheIsland. There’s plenty to keep you busy, whether you fancy a food tour, a cookery class, or fishing for your breakfast on a ‘Catch and Sea’ tour in Portrush. You could visit the famous Old Bushmills Distillery or simply eat your way around the city on a weekend break in Belfast.

Already planning a trip to Northern Ireland? Here are ten dishes to try this autumn that showcase top quality local ingredients. Visit OpenTable to book and dine like a local as soon as you land.

Coppi, Belfast – Duck ragu with porcini mushroom ravioli, red wine, parmesan, and truffle.
Sleepy Hollow, Newtownabbey – Rump of venison, braised shank tart with granola and cranberry relish and hay baked celeriac purée.
EDO, Belfast – Venison steak, crispy shoulder, Blue Moon Pumpkin, confit artichoke, plum, and beetroot purée.
The Salty Dog, Bangor – Strangford mussels in white wine, garlic and cream, served with sourdough.
The Stables, Groomsport – Fillet of salmon marinated in beetroot and Jawbox gin, with chargrilled root vegetables, celeriac purée, and hollandaise Sauce.
James St, Belfast – Aged sirloin with Hannan’s braised ox cheek and Helen’s Bay organic vegetables. (Part of the Taste the Island menu – £45pp).
The Mill Restaurant, Newtownards – Blade of Irish beef, Comber mash potato with scallions, roast carrot, parsnip and onions, served with a roast confit orange jus.
Shed Bistro, Belfast – Peter Hannan’s Himalayan salt dry aged 8oz rump steak, chunky chips, confit tomato, onion rings, brandy, thyme and green peppercorn cream.
The Groomsport Inn, Groomsport – Locally caught seabass with buttered greens, chorizo, and sauté potatoes.
44 Hill Street, Belfast – Pan-fried cod with courgette risotto, Fivemiletown goats cheese, and Irish honey.

Visit OpenTable to discover more restaurants participating in the #TasteTheIsland campaign.