If it’s good grub you are after, then once again the glorious Causeway Coastal Route will not disappoint. From world-class fish and chips to top-notch pub grub and fine dining, this place has everything you could wish for, and more.
If like us you place high importance on the quality of your food on a weekend away, you should definitely read on. We were blown away by the sheer quality of the food along the Causeway Coastal Route. From world-class steaks to freshly caught seafood, we ate and ate and never tired of what was on offer.
In a bid to make sure your stomachs are well looked after, we have rounded up eight of our favourite restaurants on the Causeway Coastal Route. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed with any of them!
1. Harry’s Shack, Portstewart
Locations don’t get any better than Harry’s Shack. Situated right on Portstewart Strand, it offers spectacular views out across the Atlantic and across to the Inishowen peninsula. And it’s not just the view that is good. The food is top notch too. Expect freshly caught seafood and home-cut chips followed by a scoop of gelato at this laid-back shack.
It is worth noting that you now have to book a table in advance.
More info: Harry’s Shack
2. Amici, Portstewart
Lovers of authentic Italian food should pop Amici on their list. Bubbling lasagnes, charcoal-grilled meats and some of the best pizza you’ll ever have are offered in this glorious setting overlooking the sea.
More info: Amici
3. Ramore, Portrush
This isn’t so much one restaurant as five restaurants and a lively pub all under the same roof. The Wine Bar is renowned for its modern and innovative décor, lively atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu offering up steaks, fish and chips, and wood-fired pizzas. The Mermaid focuses on fish and local specials. Neptune and Prawn bring an Asian offering to the table. The Harbour Bistro serves up a contemporary menu with its selection of wood-fired grilled meats.
Call 0044 287982 4313 to book.
More info: Ramore
4. Central Bar, Ballycastle
You really can’t go wrong with a visit to the Central Bar in Ballycastle. Offering a warm Northern Irish welcome, the menu is always a crowd-pleaser. Using local produce, you can expect a steak from the local butcher and freshly caught fish and chips. There is also a stylish cocktail bar on site so all bases are covered for a great night out.
More info: Central Bar
5. Morton’s Fish and Chips, Ballycastle
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No trip to the seaside is complete without a visit to the chippie. And boy is Morton’s worth the pit stop. Offering gigantic portions of delicious fish and chips, it’s not surprising that you will find a queue outside this place year round. Apparently, the locals phone ahead with their orders in a bid to outsmart the crowds, a trick we will definitely be trying next time.
More info: Morton’s Fish and Chips
6. Upstairs at Joe’s, Cushendall
This cosy steakhouse and seafood restaurant offers up exceptional grub at very reasonable prices. Located in the heart of Cushendall, this place is a very popular spot so it’s best to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
More info: Upstairs at Joe’s
7. Ballygally Castle Kintyre Ballroom and Bar
There is atmosphere in abundance at Ballygally Castle. Rumoured to be haunted, the restaurant décor reflects its history thanks to its beamed ceiling and medieval-style chandeliers. On warm summer days, the large French doors are opened on to the manicured gardens while in winter the restaurant has a cosy feel. The menu at Kintyre focuses on local produce and is sure to hit the spot after a long day outdoors. Food is served from 12-7pm daily.
More info: Hastings Hotels
8. Laragh Lodge Restaurant, Glens of Antrim
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This might not be the trendiest restaurant on this list, but what it lacks in chic décor it more than makes up for with its exquisite food and setting. Mouth-watering risotto and juicy steaks are highly recommended for dinner while homemade scones during the day also make it an ideal coffee stop. Located in the middle of the forest, the restaurant is less than a five-minute walk from the Glenariff Waterfalls.
You must book in advance if you want to eat-in, otherwise you can avail of the takeaway menu.
More info: Laragh Lodge
Getting to the Causeway Coast:
Just a two-hour jaunt up the road from Dublin, Belfast is really easy to get to thanks to the brilliant M1 motorway. Or alternatively, you can catch the train which takes just over two hours from Connolly Station in Dublin.
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