Restaurant Profile March 2019: Gustoè, Belfast

Restaurant Profile March 2019: Gustoè, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? It opened in early January, just for breakfast and lunch initially to see how trade would go at those times, and then we started to open in the night-time too in late January. We are still working out what days we will open and will... View Article

Restaurant Profile February 2019: Castello Italia, Carrickfergus

Restaurant Profile February 2019: Castello Italia, Carrickfergus

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Castello Italia officially opened its doors in September 2017. The ground floor café which serves breakfasts, lunch and the most amazing gelato you will ever taste, began trading in July 2017. Our passion for food was nurtured in our family home. We grew up with... View Article

Restaurant Profile January 2019: Marconi’s Bar & Bistro, Ballycastle

Restaurant Profile January 2019: Marconi’s Bar & Bistro, Ballycastle

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? I joined The Marine Hotel in October 2017, and then the previous restaurant was completely refurbished and we got a brand-new kitchen, with the new Marconi’s Bar & Bistro opening in March 2018. TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE The décor has completely changed... View Article

Restaurant Profile December 2018: EDÕ Restaurant, Belfast

Restaurant Profile December 2018: EDÕ Restaurant, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? EDÕ opened last September, so we’ve just celebrated our first year. Previous to last September, a lot of time and effort went into thinking about the restaurant and what it would be, so I’d say a good year and a half of planning went into... View Article

Restaurant Profile November 2018: The Lobster Pot, Strangford

Restaurant Profile November 2018: The Lobster Pot, Strangford

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? We reopened the Lobster Pot in 2014. Having visited the restaurant with family as a child and always having very fond memories, I wanted to reopen and restore this restaurant and bring back its famous reputation for great food and hospitality. TELL US ABOUT THE... View Article

Restaurant Profile October 2018: Top Blade Belfast

Restaurant Profile October 2018: Top Blade Belfast

WHEN DOES YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Top Blade will be opening at the end of September/early October. Most of my inspiration has come from a restaurant in London called Flat Iron. I’m bringing the new concept to Belfast and I think the simplicity of the menu, yet quality good food, will... View Article

Restaurant Profile September 2018: Rain Check, Titanic Quarter Belfast

Restaurant Profile September 2018: Rain Check, Titanic Quarter Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Andy and I had been operating our neighbouring convenience store business, SPAR in the ARC Retail, for over four years serving a mix of customers; from people who work, study and live in Titanic Quarter to tourists, concert and event goers. In January 2018, we... View Article

Restaurant Profile August 2018: Poacher’s Pocket, Lisbane

Restaurant Profile August 2018: Poacher’s Pocket, Lisbane

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? We purchased Lisbarnett House just outside Comber in 2012, carrying out an extensive £500,000 refurbishment and extension in 2014. Originally, we had no plans to change the name; however, we wanted a fresh image and rebranded to The Poacher’s Pocket to reflect our food ethos... View Article

Restaurant Profile Summer 2018: Blackwell House, Scarva

Restaurant Profile Summer 2018: Blackwell House, Scarva

WHEN DID BLACKWELL HOUSE OPEN? We opened about three and a half years ago. Neither my husband nor I had any experience in the hospitality industry or food trade before that. I qualified as a home economist, working for Sharp Electronics and then Vodafone as head of talent and development... View Article

Restaurant Profile May 2018: Molly’s Mill, Laurencetown

Restaurant Profile May 2018: Molly’s Mill, Laurencetown

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? We opened our doors on October 31 (Halloween Night) – the aim was to open with a bang! The site we are located on has long been associated with the restaurant trade. However, unfortunately, prior to this it had been closed for several years and... View Article