With the largest lough in the UK and Ireland, and flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea, Northern Ireland’s range of fish and shellfish is extensive
With the largest lough in the UK and Ireland, and flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea, Northern Ireland’s range of fish and shellfish is extensive. Lough Neagh is famous for its protected eel and the large brown trout called ‘dollaghan’, which is unique to Northern Ireland, while the rivers in the Lough Foyle and Bann estuaries are some of the top salmon producing systems on the island of Ireland. With quality king scallops, oysters, prawns, lobsters, crab, shrimp, clams, cockles, mussels and whelks harvested from the Irish Sea, Northern Ireland is an ideal destination for seafood lovers. Visitors to Ireland can sample and savour this by treating themselves to a meal in one of the many restaurants across Northern Ireland serving seafood menus.
In Belfast, Tedfords for dishes with a contemporary twist such as curry roast monkfish, or Deane’s Love Fish for a relaxed atmosphere and an affordable menu are “must-visits”. In Derry-Londonderry, the Pier 59 bistro offers freshly caught crab, mussels and oysters, as well as and hot and cold seafood platters, while the White River House Hotel on the banks of the River Bann in County Antrim is a location to try smoked eel.
For shell-fish lovers, the special lobster nights at Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum Bay or the Lobster Pot overlooking Strangford Lough are “must-do” experiences. Visitors can also follow the Lough Erne food trail in the Fermanagh lakelands, stopping off at one of the featured eateries such as The Catalina Restaurant at the Lough Erne Resort. For a more casual way to enjoy the local catch, travellers can enjoy a takeaway from Morton’s in Ballycastle, renowned not just for its traditional fish and chips, but also for takeaway fresh lobster, crab meat, prawns and scallops.
For those who want to prepare their own signature seafood dish, a visit to one of the farmers’ markets across Northern Ireland is recommended. Alternatively, they can also check out Belfast’s St George’s Market where the freshest fish is available.