The Great Room

The Great Room Restaurant is undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary restaurants. Thanks to the remarkable original Victorian interior with its glass cupola, Ireland’s largest chandelier an array of plasterwork detailing, the space is second to none. Needless to say their chefs search tirelessly to bring the finest seasonal ingredients together in eloquent dishes in thoughtfully prepared menus, just one of the reasons The Great Room Restaurant was awarded 2 AA Rosettes.

Inspired by great European classic dishes, their Head Chef brings a lightness of touch and an innovative approach to the creation of each dish.  Quality and freshness of produce is paramount.  All this is complemented by expert service and a wine list to which all the superlatives apply!

The Great Room Restaurant offers a huge range of dining choices, from excellent value set menu options to our extensive a la carte and full tasting menus (with or without matched wines), dining in The Great Room Restaurant is an experience not to be missed!  They also offer breakfast, lunch and their renowned afternoon Tea.

Afternoon Tea

Quite simply one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon, The Merchant Afternoon Tea has become iconic in the city of Belfast. Served in The Great Room Restaurant daily from 12-4.30pm, our afternoon tea is presented in the traditional manner, with a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, mouth-watering cakes and sweet breads as well as fresh scones, warm from the oven; all gracing a silver tea stand. And of course no afternoon tea would be complete without the tea itself! They offer an extensive menu of teas including our bespoke Merchant blend.

Entertainment in The Great Room Restaurant is provided by the house pianist or The Merchant Trio on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as for a number of other special days and celebrations.


Breakfast is Served

7am – 10am Monday to Friday

7.30am – 10.30am Weekends and Bank Holidays

Lunch is Served

12noon – 2.30pm Monday – Friday

 All Day Menu is Served

12.30pm – 8:30pm on Sundays

 Afternoon Tea is Served

12noon – 4.30pm Sunday – Friday

2 sittings on Saturdays 12.30pm and 3pm

Set Menu Dinner is Served

5.30pm – 10pm Monday – Thursday

6pm – 10.30pm Friday and Saturday

 A La Carte Dinner is Served

6pm – 10pm  Monday – Thursday

6pm – 10.30pm  Friday and Saturday

 Tasting Menu is Served

6pm – 9pm  Monday to Saturday



The Great Room
16 Skipper Street
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