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Mourne Seafood Bar Belfast

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Fish Shop / Restaurant

2 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Serious About Seafood The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Mourne Seafood Bar Belfast
34-36 Bank Street, Belfast BT1 1HL
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This informal restaurant and fish shop is owned by well known chef Andy Rae, and business partner Bob McCoubrey, of the original Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum, Co Down, who have their own shellfish beds on Carlingford Lough
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Seafood
  • Atmospheric
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Informal
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Mourne Seafood Bar Belfast

This informal restaurant and fish shop is owned by respected chef Andy Rae and business partner Bob McCoubrey, of the original Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum, Co Down (see entry), who have their own shellfish beds on Carlingford Lough, and it has become a Belfast institution.


Passing a well-stocked display of fish (including lobster, oysters etc), you go through a dark brown painted door which opens onto a long bar with an authentic Belfast feel; a world away from your designer bar concept, the old walls are a mixture of red brick and black areas acting as large chalkboards for the menu and cocktail list, floorboards have been roughly painted black, tables are simply set and there’s more of the same upstairs - where the Oyster Bar is a popular weekend venue. It's also available for private parties (Mon-Thu only) and used for overflow at busy times.


The passion for seafood shared by Andy and his team is evident - starting with the sourcing. Head chef Gerard Doran uses less popular local fish rather than trendy imports and, of course, mussels and oysters from Carlingford - everything is homemade and the menu, which offers a mix of dishes at varying prices, changes daily according to the catch (a steak option is also offered).


This Belfast Restaurants daily specials board might offer 15 dishes, including potted herrings, seafood casserole or roast hake. Tempting desserts, good coffee to finish and lovely service.


The drinks menu also offers some treats, notably Mourne Oyster Stout, which was developed by Whitewater Brewery together with Bob McCoubrey and Andy Rae to complement their seafood.


Andy Rae and Bob McCoubrey are a dynamic duo, and involved in some other exciting initiatives:


*The associated Belfast Cookery School (www.belfastcookeryschool.com) is in Castle Street Belfast at the rear of the Mourne Seafood Bar. A wide range of courses is offered.


*Mourne Seafood Bar, The Cookbook (£20 online).


*Their highly successful pop-up restaurant HOME (Tel: 02890 234946; www.homepopup.com) which began life on Callender Street, is at 22 Wellington Place Belfast, BT1 6GE.


ALSO AT: Dundrum Co Down and Charlotte Quay, Dublin.


 


 

Seats 75 (private room 30, Mon-Thu only). Food served Mon-Thu 12-9.30, Fri & Sat 12-4 & 5-10.30, Sun 1-6; à la carte; house wine from £10. SC 10% added to groups 6+; air conditioning; children welcome; toilets wheelchair accessible. No reservations accepted for lunch. Closed Sun D; 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan, 17 Mar. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Switch. abbreviations
Last Updated: 12-11-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

Directions

Near Kelly's Bar - turn off Royal Avenue onto Bank Street. 100 yards on left.

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