5 Foodie Firsts for Belfast (or thereabouts) in 2017

Northern Ireland’s year of Food & Drink is all but a distant memory now but 2017 has brought plenty of new experiences for foodies to get their teeth into. Here are just a handful of them. If you’ve tried any of these, I’d love to know what you thought so please feel free to leave your comments at the end :).

1 Savoury Afternoon Tea at Bert’s Jazz Bar

Brts afternoon tea

Starting off with an impressive twist on what is still a very popular excursion for many. The afternoon tea at Bert’s is a fine display of masterful and intricate food preparation and presentation.

Both food and service are top class. The Savoury Afternoon Tea is served at the weekends and is £25 with a choice of tea & coffee or a glass of prosecco.

Read my full review of Bert;s Jazz Bar Afternoon Tea here.

2 The Hotel Chocolat Cafe


Chocolate heaven! The first one in Belfast and the whole of Ireland. The cafe is right at City Hall with floor to ceiling windows giving it excellent people watching credentials.

Plus a great choice of choclatey drinks and a whole stack of goodies to buy & take home. I recommend, well, everything really but especially the salted caramel puddles!

Read more about Hotel Chocolat and my first visit to the cafe.

3 Freshii


Literally (my 6 yo son’s favourite word at the minute!) straight across the road from the above sweet treat sanctuary is the health haven Freshii. Again the first in Northern Ireland though there are a handful of very successful franchises in Ireland, mostly in Dublin.

Salads, bowls, wraps and burritos all made to order along with plenty of other snacks, a good breakfast menu and excellent coffee from Bells Lane in Mulingar.

Full review of Freshii here.

4 The Ohh Social App

Ohh Social App

Where would foodies be without the Ohh Social App? If you haven’t downloaded this yet, you’re missing out! The App originally launched in August 2016 and so has just turned 1. Happy Birthday!

Food Hall on the Ohh Social App

The 2017 version is packed full of brilliant 2 for 1 offers on everything from coffee to afternoon tea to a 3 course meal for 4! New partners are being added all the time and this year’s additions include The Food Hall at the Ulster University , Cathedral Quarter and the Knife and Fork Grill in Eglantine Avenue, South Belfast.

Download the Ohh Social App for £10 here (usually £14.95)

5 The Parson’s Nose

Layout for Instagram Parson's Nose Collage
Parson’s Nose Collage

This has to be one of the best restaurants I’ve been to. The Parson’s Nose is in Hillsborough and had a half million pound face lift re-launching earlier this year. It’s warm and welcoming with a terrific buzz and the food is to die for! Read about the media & blogger night I was very lucky to attend here.

Don’t delay in giving this place a try. A fantastic experience.

More to Come

So there’s plenty more where they came from and I’m sure you’ve found your own little favourite new place, all recommendations welcome!

Later this week I’ll be visiting the newly opened Gallery on the Dublin Road and of course the recent exciting news that the Bull & Ram, hugely praised restaurant in Ballynahinch , will be opening in Belfast, definitely one to look out for. We now even has our own coffee tour!

The list of places to dine in Belfast and Northern Ireland in general is reaching close to endless. Wherever you choose to spend your time and money, enjoy the company, and the food.

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