The Bowtie Blog

Name that Beer

Multi award winning Browns Bonds Hill Group Chef Patron Ian Orr and Northbound Brewery owner David Rogers have joined forces to create a new beer but there’s one missing ingredient - its name. This specially crafted beer is a refreshing lager that is a perfect accompaniment to food.   Made with Irish malt and Bohemian hops,... Continue Reading →


Summer Slushie at Ground Espresso Bar

The sun was out in Belfast today so I called into Ground to try one of their iced drinks they've brought in for the Summer. This one is a peach & summer berries flavour slushie, blitzed in the blender with ice and topped with a handful of little fruity millions chews. Refreshingly sweet and great... Continue Reading →

Hot Igloo

Working in Belfast city centre coupled with living not too far from it means that most of my eating out is done in the middle of town. So it was a nice change to be asked by 1vision PR (thanks folks) to try out a still very brand new restaurant up in Glengormley. Another plus... Continue Reading →

Checking in at Hotel Chocolat

Could you possibly have grabbed a better spot to open any type of shop never mind Ireland’s first Hotel Chocolat Cafe! Right at City Hall where Donegall Sq East, North and Wellington Place meet. This has to be one of the most prime locations in town. Hotel Chocolat has been around since the early 90s... Continue Reading →

Jazz & Fizz at Bert’s

Bert's Jazz Bar, part of the now world renowned 5* Merchant Hotel have themselves a brand new afternoon tea menu with a twist. A selection of bite size savoury treats to nibble on and a glass of prosecco to wash them down with. Sounds fantastic! Nic and I were very fortunate to be asked along... Continue Reading →

Father’s Day Feast

So I'm a Dad. A challenging and incredibly rewarding job, but unfortunately the pay is crap. Once a year though we get our wee day. An excuse if ever one was needed to treat myself to something tasty. Fortunate timing then that Asda sent me out a couple of pretty mean looking steaks to have.... Continue Reading →

Lidl ol’ wine drinker me

So Lidl Northern Ireland have a brand new range of top quality wines launching on Monday 12th June, and they very kindly sent me a few bottles to try and to review. Now, whilst I’m fond of the odd wee glass of vino I, like most people, have neither the expertise to write a detailed... Continue Reading →

The Great Gusto

Right so Nic & I had an early dinner in il Gusto on the Lisburn Road what seems like ages ago now, but it came just before a wee naturally occurring blogging break while I sorted some "stuff" out (that's the only way I can articulate it without spiraling off into a stream of consciousness).... Continue Reading →

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