Posts tagged "northern ireland"

Harry’s Craft Village, Derry

I've had somewhat of a hiatus from blog writing over the last few months. I've not however stopped eating food and enjoying trying new places. In fact it's a visit to Harry's in Derry that has cured my writers block. I've always loved Harry's Shack in Portstewart. It's the first place we book for any visit back to the Causeway Coast (if you haven't been, book a flight, hire a...

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Harry’s Shack (again)

I have to admit I was a bit nervous about going back to Harry's Shack. The last time I ate here it was so good that I didn't want to spoil it.  Thankfully, it was good, really really good, and why would I expect anything less.  These guys produce wonderful food, often under a tonne of pressure, as they are not only fully booked but have people walking off the...

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Bartali

Last year we visited Bartali on its opening night and we loved it. Sister restaurant of Coppi and Il Pirata, we knew what we were getting: beautiful Chichetti and Italian inspired dishes.  We decided to book Bartali for the night we arrived back home this year but a few days before we headed home we discovered there would be a new chef and a new concept at Bartali.  I have...

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The Poacher’s Pocket

One important thing my dad and I share, well two things, is a love of food and particularly a love of seafood.  Any visit home will include going out for lunch or dinner somewhere and trying something new.   My dad is often telling me of somewhere he has tried on his weekly trips out for lunch with friends and so the list of places I want to try when...

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The Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough

On a short visit home recently, mum, dad and I took the opportunity to visit the Parson's nose for Sunday lunch.  The Parson's Nose do a great Sunday lunch offer with a set price menu of two or three courses.  It offers really great value and has a lot of local produce at the heart of the menu.  For starter I chose the beetroot cured Glenarm salmon, chives creme fraiche...

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Harry’s Shack

If I were to say to you we were going to have dinner at a Shack on the beach you probably would be expecting reasonable food and a bit of a camping chairs and blankets sort of evening. Well not here. Harry's shack, is in effect, a shack. A wooden building on the beach.  But not any old beach. No, this shack is on one of the most wonderful beaches...

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Lost and Found

When we spoke to Johnny at Haptik about places to try on the Causeway Coast, one of the places he said we must visit is Lost and Found. It's in Coleraine, in the main shopping area. I have to confess, I don't go to Coleraine much, there's not much there. However this place makes Coleraine worth a visit.     We went with our friends Dave and Becky who until...

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Haptik

Newtownards has a proper coffee bar. I repeat Newtownards has a proper coffee bar. Many of you will think I've gone mad, but if you have ever lived in Newtownards you would realise this is significant. Haptik, opened by Johnny and Rachel last year, was influenced by their travels in Melbourne. There's a fantastic buzz and their focus on encouraging contemporary art gives a vibrancy to the place. It's very nicely...

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