Whether you love the thought of having the children off for half term and enjoying a meal out as a family in Belfast, love getting friends together for a well deserved night out or you love the idea of celebrating the most romantic day of the year with your Valentine a few days later than most, you’ll love this year’s Belfast Restaurant Week which runs from February 17th to 23rd in participating restaurants across Belfast City Centre.
The collaboration between Belfast One and Destination CQ is tried and tested, with last year’s Spring and Autumn events having phenomenal success and, of the restaurants surveyed, 100% agreed that Belfast Restaurant Week should return for 2020. Belfast Restaurant Week has previously attracted an increase in footfall of up to 75%, a staggering £151,000 spend in city centre restaurants in just seven days and menus included scrumptious steaks, Vegan feasts and delicious dining experiences with Asian, Italian and Mediterranean influences created from the best in local produce.
Organisers have every confidence that this spring’s week-long event will bring diners keen to sample lovingly created menus into the City, while they explore the number one shopping and leisure destination in Northern Ireland where they can stop off for lunch, dinner or the now famous Big Belfast Brunch - available on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, St George’s Market will be the place to visit for cookery demonstrations by local chefs where visitors will be offered the opportunity to taste dishes directly from the demo oven. For the adventurous foodie or for those wishing to sample something completely different, there are a range of special events throughout the week from tasting menus to an oyster experience and a Moroccan banquet to choose from.
Gareth Neill of Cathedral Quarter BID said: “There’s a real buzz among the hospitality industry as they anticipate Belfast Restaurant Week 2020. Belfast’s food and drink scene is unrivalled and this event allows us to showcase and shine a spotlight on owners, chefs and the staff that make it the Belfast experience. The diversity of lovingly created menus on offer and enticing price point is designed to let people try something new and get out and explore the City. We are incredibly proud to see Belfast Restaurant Week grow year on year.”
Clare Maguire, Managing Director of Belfast One, said: “We’re thrilled to build on two highly successful Belfast Restaurant Week events last year to bring Belfast Restaurant Week back this month. The food offering from our award winning City Centre restaurants will be a hit with couples, families and friends visiting the City to dine from mouthwatering menus during Belfast Restaurant Week 2020.”
Belfast Restaurant Week, 17 to 23 February. Lunch from 12 noon to 2.00pm, Monday to Friday, is priced at £10.00 per person; dinner from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, Monday to Thursday, is priced at £15.00 per person and advance booking is essential.
For participating restaurants and menus, visit www.belfastrestaurantweek.org.
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Gareth Neill of Destination CQ and Clare Maguire of Belfast One
Ibe and Colleen Sesay