The Crown Bar is probably the most famous pub in Belfast and one of the finest high Victorian saloons in the UK.
In city, town or countryside Northern Ireland’s pubs are serving up food to rival any restaurant, and the warm welcome and craic is legendary.
Here are five hostelries that offer superb, locally inspired menus, otherwise known as great pub grub.
The TapHouse, County Fermanagh
Enniskillen’s newest gastro pub is about top quality, down to earth, great value food. Old favourites such as burgers and beer battered haddock, and classics like ham hock terrine and venison cassoulet are all cooked up with fresh, local ingredients and an added TapHouse twist. The rustic interior, with warm dark wood and exposed brick, creates an intimate and relaxed dining experience, and the range of local craft beers adds the perfect finishing touch. The TapHouse won a Hospitality Ulster Pub of the Year Award in 2016 for its' commitment to local food.
Friel's Bar and Restaurant, County Londonderry
For excellent home cooked food served in a traditional Irish pub setting, head to multi-award winning Friel’s Bar and Restaurant Inn in Swatragh. The meals are renowned for both quality and quantity and its' Ulster Fry has been named 'Best Fry in NI'. Sunday lunch is a particular delight, offering a hearty helping of traditional roast with all the trimmings. Dating back to 1846, the family run eatery has an old world feel imbued with a home from home friendliness.
The Parlour Bar, County Down
Small, intimate and with a roaring fire in winter, The Parlour Bar in Newtownards is the ideal pub/ restaurant for a cosy and indulgent lunch or dinner. All produce is locally sourced and the menu includes Portavogie scampi and an award-winning pie made by local butcher H & J Carnduff. For an immensely satisfying meal try a Parlour steak burger topped with pulled pork, melted apple wood smoked cheese and tobacco onions washed down with Parlour Pale Ale, specially brewed for the Parlour Bar by the Ards Brewing Company.
The Corner House Bar, County Armagh
Situated in the heart of Derrymacash village near Lurgan, The Corner House has been meticulously restored capturing all of its' original historical features and providing an elegant setting for an excellent pub grub experience. Beautifully presented food includes mouth watering steaks, panko breaded chicken and honey roast seasonal vegetables. Hosting traditional Irish music sessions every Sunday, The Corner House is a firm favourite for foodies and fiddlers alike.
The Morning Star, Belfast
One of Belfast’s oldest pubs, housed in a listed building, The Morning Star’s food motto is "grown here, not flown here". The menu is a celebration of the best of local food featuring the family farm’s beef and lamb, Strangford Lough mussels, Ewing's organic smoked salmon terrine, Baronscourt venison, Armagh apple chutney, Fivemiletown cheese, and herbs and salads from the pub’s kitchen garden. The traditional style interior has bags of charm and a great Belfast buzz.
*All of the above made the shortlist for Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016 for their commitment to local food.