We at Taste of Ulster are all about showcasing the finest food and drink from Northern Ireland. We promote the people who produce it and those who serve it in our cafes, restaurants, bars and hotels. We believe we have world-class ingredients and chefs. We work tirelessly to get that message out near and far.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you’ll want to know that where you choose to eat will deliver on taste, atmosphere, service and value. You can trust that we’ve checked every single Taste of Ulster establishment. Every member must fulfill strict criteria and be committed to maintaining our charter before receiving a coveted plaque.
We don’t just let anyone in! So whatever county you visit, there’s a choice of handpicked places to taste the very best of Ulster. Longstanding members include The Cuan, Strangford; The Arch House, Fermanagh; the Bushmills Inn, Bushmills and the Old Post Office, Lisbane.
Please fill out an application form below – to ensure the Taste of Ulster criteria is met we will then get in touch with you with greater details about being a member.
In 2014, tens of thousands of people visited our Taste of Ulster member establishments , as a result of using the guide and our website. We staged events like the NI Potato Festival, Flavours of the Foyle, LegenDerry Food Festival, The Food Pavilion at Balmoral, Dalriada Food Festival and many more. As a member you are eligible for preferential rates on stalls at future events and have the opportunity to participate in cookery demos. (Mobile Demonstration units are also available for hire for members please contact us for the further details). We took some of our restaurateurs and producers to Turin to the Salone del Gusto on a fact finding mission.
2015 to date has been an action packed year with the NI Open Golf Tournament, Comber Potato Festival, Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, House of Commons Showcase of NI Food and Drink, Orangefest Market, Dalriada Festival, Flavours of the Foyle, Irish Open Golf Tournament. We have also set up a chef steering group made up of key influential chefs from all over Northern Ireland the aim is to discuss relevant topics and engage in local producer visits, these take place every quarter.
2016 will be the Year of Food and Drink we are lead partners working with Tourism NI to deliver this. There will be something happening where you are – keep up to date with local press and our website. Our reputation for quality food and drink is growing, but this initiative will give a real boost to tourism. It’s all about giving visitors from outside Northern Ireland and local people mouth-watering reasons to eat, drink and stay in our hotels, restaurants and cafes.
The top highest scoring places in 2014 have just been named. They are Ballyrobin Country House, Brunel’s Restaurant, Browns Restaurant, Brown’s in Town, Homemade by Mann’s, Martha’s Vineyard, McKee’s Country Store and Restaurant, Square Bistro, The Causeway Hotel, The Cuan Guest House, The Salty Dog, The Sooty Olive and 21 Social. They all scored 95 per cent or more in the inspections.
We produce the Taste of Ulster Guide which promotes approx 175 of our Taste of Ulster members. Our guide has just recently won the World Gourmand cookbook award. Last year we printed 45,000 copies which were distributed at key tourism entry points, they were given out at events and copies were posted to The Guild of Fine Food Writers and journalists both here, ROI and GB. Our website gets 60,000 unique visits, 257,000 page views and is updated daily. Our twitter has 8,014 followers which increases daily. Follow us @Food_NI. We have also launched our very own Taste of Ulster TV providing a platform for you to upload videos and images to a growing number of 3,000 viewers.
“The Taste of Ulster Guide is one of the most asked for publications here at the Tourist information desk at Belfast City Airport, not only popular with tourists but also with locals and airport staff, who often browse our literature whilst waiting on flight departures & arrivals!”
As Northern Ireland’s premier guide for establishments of excellence dedicated to the use of local produce it’s the best place to be noticed!