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Earlier this year, we asked you for your favourite pubs and restaurants, and your suggestions are in! We've captured some of the most popular answers below – save this page for reference if you’re looking for inspiration for a local Pub, Café or Restaurant to visit on your next Northern Ireland adventure.

Pubs and Restaurants with the best views

Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint

Pictured: Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint

Pier 36, Donaghadee

Situated right on the quayside in the picturesque harbour town of Donaghadee with stunning coastal views.

Harrys Shack, Portstewart

On the beach at Portstewart Strand overlooking the sea.  Stunning views plus local seafood and cocktails.

Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint

A hidden gem in Warrenpoint with amazing views overlooking the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough.

Royal Court Hotel, Portrush

Stunning ocean views from the dining room windows – enjoy a meal with an unrivalled view.

Harbour and Co, Donaghadee

Watch the sun go down over the beautiful Donaghadee Harbour as you enjoy a meal in their upstairs restaurant.

The New Quays, Portavogie

Enjoy their Seafood Platter or Portavogie prawns while taking in the scenic beach views.

Esplanade, Ballyholme, Bangor

Dine at the bay windows for an unrivalled view over the amazing coastline of Ballyholme Bay as you tuck in.

The Dirty Duck, Holywood

Enjoy panoramic views across the lough in the upstairs eatery of this traditional alehouse in County Down.

Best family restaurants

Brewer's House, Donaghmore

Pictured: The Brewer's House, Donaghmore

The Head o The Road, Portadown

Delicious food, generous portions, and fantastic value for money.

Franco’s, Enniskillen

A cosy ambience, great staff and beautiful food are on the cards in this County Fermanagh Italian restaurant.

Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint

Homecooked food with a large variety on offer on the menu and great value for money.

The Brewer’s House, Donaghmore

Enjoy your family meal in The Brewer’s House complete with a relaxing atmosphere.

Laragh Lodge, Waterfoot

A great welcome and delicious food as well as the finest waterfalls around can all be found at Laragh Lodge.

Zio’s, Portadown

Taste the Mediterranean in this relaxed, family-friendly restaurant with a great variety of food on the menu to suit all tastes.

Rusks, Fivemiletown

A friendly welcome, great food and atmosphere in this Clogher Valley hidden gem.

Best places to enjoy Brunch

Middletown Coffee Company, Ballymena

Pictured: Middletown Coffee Co, Ballymena

Middletown Coffee Co, Ballymena

A friendly welcome, epic coffee and tasty food are guaranteed at Middletown Coffee Company in Ballymena.

BRØN, Derry~Londonderry

A gem in the heart of Derry~Londonderry with a fantastic atmosphere and an extensive tasty brunch menu.

Haptik, Newtownards

A brunch menu with a difference, fantastic food, service, and atmosphere can be found at Haptik, Newtownards.  

Established, Belfast

Beautiful décor, good quality coffee and a cracking brunch offering in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast.

No 36 Belmont Road, Belfast

A bustling atmosphere and fantastic service alongside consistently great food.  Plus, a build your own brunch so it’s perfect for everyone.

The Foxes Den, Newtownards

Out of this world breakfast choices, delicious food and a fantastic ambience and atmosphere – what’s not to like?

St George’s Market, Belfast

The perfect location for a spot of brunch while you’re in the city with a host of stalls and vendors to choose from.

Best pubs for live music

The Dirty Onion, Belfast

Pictured: The Dirty Onion, Belfast

Johnny Joes, Cushendall

A welcoming pub with wonderful live music and great atmosphere.

Harbour Inn, Annalong

Enjoy live music every weekend while enjoying the views over the working harbour.

Charlie’s Bar, Enniskillen

A great traditional bar with live music all weekend – great atmosphere, buzz and craic all guaranteed.

Dirty Onion, Belfast

Free entertainment 7 nights a week with a strong focus on live acoustic and trad music in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.  

O’Hare’s, Newcastle

With over 45 years at the forefront of the live music scene, this is the perfect place to go when you’re in the Mournes area with live music every weekend.

Crosskeys Inn, Toomebridge

Enjoy a live music session in Ireland’s oldest thatched pub and step back in time.

The Grand Central Bar, Derry~Londonderry

Live music throughout the week with Sunday trad sessions and midweek Sundown Sessions in the walled city.

Best pubs for food

The Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy

Pictured: The Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy

Head o the Road, Portadown

This countryside pub/restaurant has rave reviews for their amazing food, value, service and atmosphere.

Grouchos on the Square, Richill

Check out this gem in the market town of Richill specialising in top quality food and excellent presentation.

The Parson’s Nose, Hillsborough

The Parson’s Nose offers fantastic food, service and a great outdoors space.

The Whitehorse Inn, Saintfield

With a wide-ranging menu to suit all dietary requirements, The Whitehorse Inn is a great local resource for food and drink with friendly staff.

The Maghera Inn, Maghera

With one comment “Its definitely the best eating house around” why not see for yourself and enjoy the fabulous food and generous portions.

The Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy

A traditional style pub, The Fullerton Arms offers a beautiful menu using locally sourced ingredients in the scenic village of Ballintoy.

Keegans Bar, Armagh

Excellent high-quality cuisine with top class service in the heart of Armagh.

The Cuan, Strangford

In a beautiful location with friendly staff, a great atmosphere and delicious food.

So that's just some of your suggestions that came through  - why not get out and about and tell us about your favourite pub or restaurant and let us know with #MyGiantAdventure or #EmbraceAGiantSpirit.