Stars in our Eyes

The stars are shining even more brightly in Northern Ireland with Deane’s EIPIC and OX holding their Michelin stars for the third consecutive year. Both restaurants have only been open for a few short years and both give centre stage to local ingredients.

Those named in the Michelin Guide are considered to be among the world’s best eateries. Anonymous inspectors travel the globe to grade the restaurants, always paying the bills.

The Bib Gourmand is presented to those establishments which offer “good quality and good value cooking”. These awards have been held again for 2018 by the Bar and Grill at James Street South, Deane’s at Queens- both in Belfast, the Old  Schoolhouse Inn in Lisbane and Wine and Brine in Moira- both in County Down.

Taste of Ulster CEO Michele Shirlow said

“These are massive achievements for our members who work so hard to provide the best eating experience possible for domestic visitors and tourists alike.

It is difficult to get a star and sometimes even more difficult to retain it.

“The role of local producers and their strong relationships with chefs has played a big part in these restaurants’ success. Well done to all of them.”