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Anna Madigan with her husband Ian Madigan, who plays for Ireland and Ulster Rugby

Ulster Rugby Weekend Inspiration

If you're planning to attend an Ulster Rugby game in the new year, why not make a weekend out of it? We caught up with Anna Madigan, wife of Ireland and Ulster Rugby star, Ian Madigan, for her recommendations on how to have the perfect match weekend in Belfast.

  • Anna Madigan with her husband Ian Madigan, who plays for Ireland and Ulster Rugby

    Ulster Rugby Weekend Inspiration

    If you're planning to attend an Ulster Rugby game in the new year, why not make a weekend out of it? We caught up with Anna Madigan, wife of Ireland and Ulster Rugby star, Ian Madigan, for her recommendations on how to have the perfect match weekend in Belfast.

  • A couple enjoying a seafood meal and white wine at Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast. The waiter is using a pepper mill on the lady's food. There is a large wine shelf behind the counter.
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Romantic places to eat

    Music may be the food of love, though understandably there will be times when you want something more substantial. Well, you’re in luck.

  • Group enjoying the beer garden at The Dirty Onion, Belfast
    Categories: things to dofood and drink

    Top beer gardens

    While we can’t always depend on the weather in Northern Ireland, we can depend on top-notch beer gardens serving up refreshing drinks and mouth-watering food in delightful surroundings.

  • Spiced Cabbage Terrine at Killeavy Castle Estate
    Categories: things to doFood & Drink

    Northern Ireland chefs serve up tempting vegan recipes

    Veganuary, the January challenge for people seeking to move to a plant-based diet has exploded in popularity with around half a million people worldwide signing up this year.

    Across Northern Ireland people have been embracing the vegan lifestyle with some even choosing to explore veganism beyond January. 

  • Close up of carrot and parsnip muffins
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Carrot & Parsnip muffins – recipe from Mash Direct

    Our friends at Mash Direct, an award-winning, family-run farm in Comber, have been farming the fields around Strangford Lough since the 1800's.  Here they share their carrot and parsnip recipe for muffins with a twist, using their mash pack as one of the main ingredients! 

  • Loaf of wheaten bread on a board
    Categories: Food & Drink

    How to make traditional Irish wheaten bread

    The guys at Wee Buns Cookery School have shared a traditional Northern Ireland recipe with us for you to try out at home.  What’s better than wheaten fresh out of the oven dripping with butter and jam – let us know your favourite way to have it.

  • A bowl of soup served on a wooden tray with 2 slices of bread with an open fire out of focus in the background, at Grace Neill's Pub in Donaghadee, County Down.
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Pub grub

    We’ve listed just a few of our favourite pubs in Northern Ireland that are known for their delicious food, enough to rival any restaurant! Nothing beats the warm welcome and craic you’ll experience in these pubs, whether you choose city, town or countryside.

  • Pain au Chocolat on display at Lost & Found Café in Coleraine, County Londonderry.
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Best breakfasts

    If we are to believe the experts, it’s the most important meal of the day. Here in Northern Ireland we try to be a little more diplomatic when it comes to our food - we believe that every meal is important but there’s no doubt, there’s nothing like a good brekkie to get you off to a flyer. Of course as the home of the Ulster Fry we have a bit of a love for our bacon, sausages and fried eggs sunny side up but we also know a thing or two about lighter morning indulgences. So let’s get stuck in. 

  • A frying pan with Lough Neagh eels cooking. Also on the table is a dish of potatoes and a plate of wheaten bread.
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Unique Northern Ireland Foods

    We’ve hand-picked some of the most unique and delicious delicacies that Northern Ireland has to offer. From sweet and savoury snacks to hearty main meals, there’s certainly something special to enjoy around every corner in Northern Ireland.

  • Bowl of chickpea and sweet potato dhal topped with spring onion and pitta on the side. At Home Restaurant, Belfast.
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Vegan restaurants

    If you’re all about those plant-based feasts, we’ll help you find the best vegan friendly restaurants in Belfast. Here are some of our favourite places where you won’t be stuck ordering veggie sides as your main.

  • 2 bikes propped up sitting beside a Tea and Coffee sign
    Categories: Food & Drink

    Cycle routes for foodies

    If you’re searching for delicious food and stunning scenery, these cycle trails are the perfect way to make your way around Northern Ireland. Ready for a culinary adventure? 

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