The days are certainly longer and brighter with the sun making more and more appearances across Northern Ireland bringing with it warm sunny afternoon and evenings – perfect for a fish supper along the coast, in the city or out in the countryside. And what better time to indulge in some glorious local fish than on #NationalFishandChipDay!
We’ve rounded up a small selection of the best places where you can grab a tasty fish supper this evening and indeed any day throughout the year.
Ann Street, Belfast
A relatively new member on the block, Fish City opened its doors in July 2016 and has been taking the fish and chip shop scene above and beyond. Located in the heart of Belfast’s city centre, this award-winning restaurant and takeaway not only serves the traditional and much loved Fish & Chips but also offers an extensive menu with contemporary twists such as Grilled Cod with Squash and Minted Pea, or the very popular Fish Tacos and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
The Galley Restaurant
Annalong, Co. Down
Joey and Aileen Chambers opened a small fish and chip shop in the Co Down coastal village of Annalong in 1990 and over the years the shop has grown and grown with the recent addition of a 60-seater restaurant.
Before opening The Galley Joey was a fisherman and on the rare occasion he gets time off he fishes of the local coast for crabs and lobsters and knows good fish to see, catch and eat.
Passionate about local produce, Joey gets his meats, fish and potatoes all from local producers throughout Northern Ireland.
Harry’s Shack is what it is, a shack! But rest assured this is no ordinary shack. Located on the award-winning Blue Flag Beach, Portstewart Strand, the restaurant only opened a couple of years ago and has fast become one of the most popular eateries on the North Coast.
They do coffee, brunch, lunch and dinner at this uber-hip joint, beloved of food critic Jay Rayner and more. We’re talking prawns fresh off the boat, spiced whitebait and traditional fish and chips. There’s plenty of green stuff on the menus too. The restaurant even has its own walled garden full of seasonal goodies used in various dishes of the award-winning menu.
The Cuan Fish & Chip Shop
Strangford, County Down
The Cuan in County Down is literally fit for queens, kings, lords and night watchmen – with actors from the hit HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, having stayed at The Inn during filming in recent years – and what’s not to say they ventured next door to The Cuan Fish & Chip Shop for some mighty local grub.
Peter McErlean’s Chip Shop beside his Cuan Guest Inn in Strangford is a tourist attraction in its own right. Anne Marie Kearney is one of the most experienced fish fryers in County Down, so you just know that batter will perfectly complement the flaky morsels of the fish inside.
For more information on restaurants in Northern Ireland, visit NI Good Food – Restaurants.