GREAT MEALS OUT
A GREAT HOLIDAY
We come from the area and are very fond of eating out so we would like to share our favourites with you.
See our list of recommendations below.
I only list restaurants that I enjoy. There are many others but these ones deliver good food and service and very rarely let me down.
The French Rooms ££ A very interesting and enjoyable place for morning coffee or lunch. The evening menus is constantly changing and always interesting. A must try.http://www.thefrenchrooms.com/ [028 2073 0033]
The Bushmills Inn ££££, a lovely old world hotel with bar meals and a fine dining restaurant. It is 10 minutes walk into Bushmills The food is excellent but is fairly dear. You will need to book for dinner. [028-2073-2339]
The Distillers Arms / Tartine £££ is 12 minutes walk into Bushmills and is children friendly. They have a modern upbeat menu. This has been recently remodelled and has an open plan bar and dining area, need to book at weekends especially. (Parking at the rear through archway) Also has an alternative cuisine café. [028 2073 1044
The Causeway Hotel ££ at the Giant’s Causeway is renowned for its value for money and honest good food. Their mixed grill would feed a small family, choose it if you have hollow legs. The location is really nice with brilliant views over the bay towards the Skerrie Islands and Portrush. [028 2073 1266]
The Bayview Hotel ££ has wonderful views out over Portballintrae Harbour and Bay it has a good restaurant and lively bar. Phone 028-2073-4100 for reservations. Great for morning Coffee and Free WIFi
Sweeneys Inn ££ in Portballintrae has great views of the bay, serves food and has a band in the evening in the summer. Phone 028 2073 1044 Book in advance for the weekend
Smugglers Restaurant ££ On the way to the Giant’s Causeway gives good fare and may have entertainment on Saturdays. Please check first. http://www.smugglers-inn.co.uk Phone 028 2073 1577.
Some of the best restaurants in Northern Ireland are on the harbour at Portrush. They are all owned by the same family headed by George who is the creative genius. I recommend all of these very strongly to you.
Mermaid at the Harbour £££ Top floor above “ Coast” and “The Ramore Wine Bar” great seafood. Wonderul views. No Children Ph 028 7082 6969 mb 07772 687 861 www.ramorerestaurant.com/mermaid-kitchen-bar.htm
Neptune and Prawn ££ Just opposite the Ramore restaurant at the Harbour. Cocktail bar and snackerie upstairs with eclectic funky décor and wonderful views of the harbour and Portrush bay. Downstairs great food and great food downstairs. www.ramorerestaurant.com/neptune-and-prawn.htm
The Ramore Wine Bar ££ with great views of the Harbour in Portrush is a fun quick moving restaurant with an avant garde décor and an eclectic menu. The food is excellent and the wine is good. No bookings BUT you should go before 7.30pm at weekends and holidays to avoid the queue. If you call in personally earlier they will put your name on the list for you to return later, this cuts down on the waiting. A tip helps. Ph 028 7082 4313 www.ramorerestaurant.com/ramore-wine-bar.htm
The Harbour ££ (guess where) on the Harbour in Portrush is behind one of the oldest genuine fisherman’s pubs in the area. This is dining theatre with a large open log burning brazier burning logs for the charcoal griddle. The menu is excellent Brasserie style and the place has a good buzz of activity. Try the Fillet Steak on the Bone, and the desserts are to die for. Advance Bookings are not possible, so arrive before 7.30pm and they will take your name and you can enjoy a pint or two of Guinness while you wait for your table. If you call in personally earlier they will put your name on the list for you to return later, this cuts down on the waiting. A tip helps.
028 7082 2430 http://www.ramorerestaurant.com/harbour-bistro.htm
Coast ££ again at the harbour in Portrush. Absolutely brilliant and creative pasta and pizza restaurant with a range of other wine bar dishes. Advance Bookings are not possible, so arrive before 7.30pm and they will take your name and you can enjoy a pint or two of Guinness while you wait for your table. If you call in personally earlier they will put your name on the list for you to return later, this cuts down on the waiting. A tip helps. Ph 028 7082 3311 www.ramorerestaurant.com/coast-restaurant.htm
55 North £££ a modern, brasserie style restaurant with magnificent views of the Skerrie Islands, the East Bay and the White Rocks. Best Risotto in the area. http://www.55-north.com Phone 028 7082 2811
Jackman and Pye ££ a modern fish speciality restaurant opposite the Ramada Hotel. Has a wide menu but the fish is just fantastic. Phone 028 7082 4110
Ground Coffee Shop £ is on main street and has a great range of excellent speciality coffees and very good freshly made food. Free WiFi
Harry’s Shack ££ is a brand new super fish restaurant that is attracting rave reviews by the critic. It is located on the edge of Portstewart Strand with stunning views. +44 28 7083 1783 http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jan/25/harrys-shack-restaurant-review-jay-rayner
Shenanigans Wine Bar is a very nice complex of separate Bar and Restaurant on the Promenade in Portstewart. The food is very good Brasserie style with some Asian influence so their ethnic dishes are very genuine. SHOULD BOOK Ask for Shimin or Shefane Kherr £££ [028-7083-6000]. www.shenanigansportstewart.com/
The Distillers Arms / Tartine £££ is 8 minutes walk into Bushmills and is children friendly. They have a modern upbeat menu. This has been recently remodelled and has an open plan bar and dining area, need to book at weekends especially. (Parking at the rear through archway) Also has an alternative cuisine café. [028 2073 1044]
The Bushmills Inn is a very attractive old world hotel with lots of bar areas each with its own unique character, also is quite close if you don’t want to drive. Well worth a visit for the ambience of the private snugs all with peat fires.
Portballintrae Boat Club on the harbour at Portballintrae, you can join as a temporary visitor. Very handy if you are sailing, boating or fishing. Very handy ESPECIALLY if you don’t want to drive.
Sweeney’s and the Bayview in Portballintrae have pleasant bars with music at the weekends. Very handy for PBT cottage ESPECIALLY if you don’t want to drive.
The Harbour in Portrush has a wonderful old fashioned bar and snug, it is pet friendly during the day and will be your local if staying in Portrush
In the evenings there’s a club ( pay for admittance) upstairs which has some excellent local rock bands.
The Springhill Bar on Causeway Street in Portrush has great traditional music on Thursday nights.