With the weather in Northern Ireland heating up, what better time to get out in the city and enjoy the many beer gardens that Belfast has to offer.
From burgers and pints to cocktails and charcuterie there is really something to suit all tastes available in the Cathedral Quarter.
Here are 7 Beer Gardens in the Cathedral Quarter to check out this summer:
1. The Thirsty Goat
As one of Belfast’s newest offerings in the Cathedral Quarter, The Thirsty Goat boasts a spacious outdoor seating area, right at the entrance of Hill Street.
Offering everything from a perfectly pulled pint to local gin serves, there’s certainly something to suit all tastes.
2. The Dirty Onion
If you’re looking for a beer garden that has it all then The Dirty Onion is the place to go offering pints and chicken, what more could you want? Serving up their famous Yardbird chicken and sides alongside an extensive drinks menu, The Dirty Onion has quickly become a firm favourite of the Cathedral Quarters visitors.
Offering a wide selection of craft beer options and the option to bring your four legged friend, it provides the perfect spot for chilled weekend drinks.
3. The Dark Horse Courtyard
If you want to soak up the rich arts scene of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast’s best kept secret, look no further than The Dark Horse Courtyard.
Centering around an oak tree the courtyard features a gallery of custom street art inspired by Belfast’s rich history, including the words of Seamus Heaney cut into stone.
With exclusive access only through the Dark Horse the courtyard provides the perfect escape to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. The National Grande Cafe
The National’s new beer garden offers paired backed cocktails and casual dining.
With a signature menu of ‘Summer Swalls’ including a ‘Froze’ – a Frozen Rose Cocktail or a Classic Pimms Cup.
Having teamed up with the ever popular ‘Coq Burger’ visitors won’t go hungry with a garden menu of burgers and sides available until 8pm everyday.
5. The Sunflower
The Sunflower has quickly become a favourite amongst Belfast punters.
Serving signature woodfired pizza and a large selection of beers and ciders it’s the perfect place to waste a summer day. Priding themselves on being dog friendly the Sunflower even offers bowls and treats for your furry friends.
6. The Second Fiddle
Belfast’s newest beer garden on Waring Street offers al fresco dining and pints from 12pm each day.
In lieu of live entertainment the bar is also offering free Bodhran Irish drum lessons, the bar has a strong focus on local artists and their upcoming ‘Handed Down’ sessions will feature traditional music reworked by local artists.
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7. The Maverick
Whilst not strictly known for its beer garden, Maverick’s new outdoor area offers the perfect opportunity to relax in the sun.
Serving their signature Gorge Boards (a charcuterie board packed with a selection of seasonal, cheese, meat and chutney) and Jugs and Kisses cocktails, The Maverick provides the perfect weekend retreat.
With regular drag shows, guests are sure to be entertained during the visit.
To find out more about what’s happening in Belfast Cathedral Quarter check out the Destination CQ website at cathedralquarterbelfast.com
By Hannah Chambers, Excalibur Press
Slemish Market Supper Club Hosts Exclusive Summer Fine Dining Experience
The popular Slemish Market Supper Club is set to offer food fans a new experience next month as their exclusive dining experience returns for another six-course event featuring well known chef Rob Curley.
Based in the beautiful surroundings of the greater Ballymena area, the unique pop up dining experience, Slemish Market Supper Club, creates an array of bespoke meals using only the finest local produce.
Hosted by the award-winning chef, Rob Curley, Slemish Market Supper Club runs across a number of venues across the greater Ballymena area in County Antrim.
At each fine dining experience, Rob will be on hand to allow you to learn more about each dish by explaining the ingredients, where they are sourced and the inspiration behind the creation of the distinctive cuisines.
“I love surprising people by taking a humble ingredient and turning it into something extraordinary,” said Rob.
The delectable dishes consist of six courses that will include a drink, a wee bite, a starter, a fish course, a meat course and a dessert.
“We want our diners to have more than a meal,” explained Rob, adding: “We want them to understand what is on their doorstep, what they too can prepare and have a great time as well as great food.”
Each event differs from the rest, as the ingredients used are done so when the produce is at its finest, making each experience special. Not just that, the menu is a surprise which Rob reveals on the night.
Offering the best summer creations, the next pop up event is due to take place on Saturday August 7 at Incredible Edibles Community Gardens in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim. The unique event not only offers the finest of cuisines but creates an intimate setting allowing you to meet new people and learn top tips from an award-winning chef.
“It Is a delight for me to showcase what we have on our doorstep,” said Rob. “And when our diners experience the freshness it can be a revelation.”
Northern Ireland is renowned for its quality food and hospitality, and with Slemish Market Supper Club, they combine these two elements to create innovative and unforgettable experiences.
Tickets for the Slemish Market Supper Club at Incredible Edibles Community Gardens are £60 and can be booked at slemishmarketsupperclub.com
Lidl Northern Ireland brings the X-factor with opening of new Buncrana Road store
Lidl Northern Ireland is bringing the x-factor to Derry~Londonderry with the opening of its brand new, £8 million state-of-the-art concept store at Buncrana Road on Thursday 29 July which will be officially unveiled by X-Factor sensation and local celebrity, Eoghan Quigg.
Located at the junction of Buncrana Road and Springtown Road, the newly expanded store replaces the retailer’s former site at 24 Buncrana Road and is the first of three new stores planned for the North West region as part of a wider £26 million investment into the region, announced earlier this year. An additional 10 local jobs have been created as part of the investment.
Dungiven local and radio broadcaster Eoghan Quigg will officially cut the ribbon to unveil the new look Lidl Northern Ireland store and participate in a meet-and-greet with shoppers from 8am – 9am.
Regional Director for Lidl Northern Ireland, Conor Boyle, said:
“As Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket, we’re delighted to continue moving confidently forward with our long-established investment plans for the North West, bringing new employment opportunities to the local community and offering customers an enhanced shopping experience at this new location.
We’re delighted to confirm the new Buncrana Road store opening date for Thursday 29 July. We’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers through our doors and bringing our fresh, high-quality products and market-leading value to more shoppers in the North West region.”
Occupying a 10,000 sq. metre site with a 2,217 sq metre store space, shoppers can enjoy an enhanced shopping experience featuring higher ceilings, a more spacious interior layout and enlarged bakery areas. The store will also include improved facilities for store staff such as a larger canteen and welfare area and shower facilities.
Built with sustainability as a priority, the new store will incorporate a range of environmentally friendly features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System and 4 electric vehicle charger spaces within its 146-space car park, enabling customers to charge their electric vehicles for free whilst they shop.
Speaking ahead of the new Lidl Buncrana Road store launch, Eoghan said:
“I am thrilled to be officially opening the brand-new Lidl Northern Ireland store at Buncrana Road. I’m looking forward to meeting shoppers and hope to see as many people there as possible to have a bit of craic on the morning. There are always great opening day deals to be had as well, so it’s shaping up to be a great event.
Now that I am shopping for a family of my own, Lidl is my supermarket of choice, with its fantastic selection of quality products at great value. The new and improved store is a great addition to the local area and I can’t wait to get in myself for the weekly shop!”