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Holohans Pantry

43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9029 1103
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boxty” (162 reviews)
“potato pancakes” (12 reviews)
“pudding” (24 reviews)
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Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

There is a warm friendly atmosphere. The Staff were great and very informative. We were in a party of 6 and everyone loved the food. The only small problem was they have a very small menu so there is a reduced choice.

Thank Patrick E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great food and entertainment. We had friends over from England, and had never been before. Would highly recommend and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank antonrgl
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Booked this place solely based on reviews and I'm glad we did. The food was amazing!!! Calvin was an outstanding host and made us feel so welcome. Couldn't fault it. We will certainly be back.

Thank Laura A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic evening - great food service and atmosphere - could not fault it. The recommendations on wine and dishes to suit taste were spot on

Thank Adelemart
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absoloutely fantastic restaurant, arrived and menu explained with great detail and attention from our waiter . Fantastic food brilliant service very reasonably priced, only down side is we don’t live in Belfast .

Reviewed yesterday

The first of many things that my partner and I were impressed with at Holohan's Pantry, was how enthusiastic the staff and management are in their approach to customers - they definitely give the impression that they want everyone to enjoy the dining experience at...More

Thank paulorr2018
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The food here was total perfection couldn't fault one thing....so beautiful and fresh and the staff are lovely...i will definitely be back.

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We can only say that when in Belfast, be good to yourself and dine here. Front of house reception was without par. Our waitress was outstanding and our meal was thoroughly delicious. Before we left, we chatted briefly with the owners who displayed their passion...More

1  Thank aidanquinn74
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just visited for Father’s Day. Everything was perfect - food, service, atmosphere. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Food was top notch. Went out of their way to make sure our 8 year old was catered for. Just lovely.

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

You would wonder how a restaurant can be rated so highly.. until you go and experience it for yourself.

Thank travelcm17
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dylan r
April 19, 2018|
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Response from Heiða L | Reviewed this property |
I really don't think there is a code. The staff is very professional and the restaurant is very nice, I'd think it worth it to dress a bit smart and leave the trainers at home ;)
April 10, 2017|
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Response from vera h | Reviewed this property |
A standard reservation is sufficient, have a great night.
February 22, 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Property representative |
Hi, thank you to the previous respondents : ) we can get booked up quickly on those nights so a reservation is probably better but we will always try and accommodate you if you drop in. We have a great online booking system... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9029 1103
  • E-mail
Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on University Road just a stones throw from the Queens University. Holohan's Pantry is located in an old listed building oozing charm and ambience, a mixture of old style surroundings in a bright and welcoming setting. Like its sister restaurant, the hugely successfully 'Holohans at the Barge,' the Pantry offers the same unique dining experience, based around great Irish produce, recipes and warm, genuine Irish hospitality. Using classic recipes, updated with modern cooking techniques and some of the best local ingredients, the chefs at Holohan's produce food that is both nostalgic and contemporary. There is also a real focus on locally sourced craft beer, ale and cider, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskey's. As a family Holohan's has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations, the current owners grandmother, Sabina Holohan, encouraged the family to welcome guests "as if it were visiting your home". With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan's, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance. The Irish have a rich and wonderful culinary heritage, our extensive research has gathered a wealth of cooking methods, recipes and techniques from the last three hundred years. Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed on down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Craibechan, a delicious savory porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house specialty, BOXTY, which comes from the traditional word bacstai or aran bocht ti meaning 'poor house bread'. "Boxty on the griddle, And Boxty on the pan; The wee one in the middle Is for Mary Ann" At University Road we now have a wonderful all day Irish breakfast menu from 8 am Tuesday to Friday. Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and comfortable setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish cliches, we feel the "Irish-ness" comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu. At Holohan's, we aim to work in a transparent and ethical manner, ranging from the treatment of the animals that provide our meat, to sourcing sustainable fish and using seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fast becoming known around the world for the quality of our produce, our little Island is becoming known as the larder of Europe, and what better way to demonstrate and celebrate this then using Irish produce to cook Irish food. Holohan's is the perfect place to enjoy this resurgence in Irish cuisine, and more than just food, we aim to give a good night out! We hope to see you soon, Holohan's at the Barge!
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