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Holohans Pantry

43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9029 1103
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good13%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 5 days ago via mobile

Food was beautiful, but the service stole the show, the staff were so attentive and so welcoming. Would definitely eat here again!

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time that visited and pretty impressed. There is a relatively short menu, which concentrated on good local seasonal produce. The burnt orange side salad was excellent and the highlight of my meal. Boxty a real favourite with clientele Highly recommend a visit

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank W5WPH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I had lunch here on Friday. The restaurant was not very busy and we chose the signature boxty dishes. I had the fish version and my daughter had the meat one. The service was very slow and we had to wait well...More

Date of visit: December 2018
3  Thank 223bernies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went last Friday night the food was lovely, well cooked tasty, good portion sizes especially for a Christmas menu. The service was superb, warm friendly, attentive and informative. Will definitely go back next time we are in Belfast.

Date of visit: December 2018
3  Thank CeciliaF20
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited recently with friends from Fermanagh who are Boxty experts! Friends had the Beef Boxty & I had the creamy Chicken & leek one - which was a first for me. Delicious as usual & met my friends high expectations, phew! I also love the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Compass380510
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have never been to Holohans Pantry please go... you won’t be disappointed with the food, the staff and the setting. Beautiful all round! My partner and I both had a 3 course lunch and all of what we had was packed with flavour....More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank MMBelfast85
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A group of us went in for our Christmas lunch which was outstanding! The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Will be back

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Astrid C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a Christmas dinner on TripAdvisor recommendations and We were not disappointed. We were given a very warm welcome and received into a warm and welcoming room. We went for the 3 courses. Jaw box gin salmon and spiced pork with black pudding ....More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank kadhan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a very wet & windy evening it was a lovely cozy environment to come to. Staff are lovely & very accommodating. Place was packed & had a great vibe. The Bloody Mary was delicious the horseradish infused vodka really made it. For starters we...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank TinaHH123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was recommended to go here. 3 course set menu could not fault. Service staff very friendly. Small Cosy area for dining. Not a seat free which is always a good sign. Will definitely be back. Job well done to the all staff/owners

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank mysteryguest08
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Response from derek f | Reviewed this property |
think they do
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I was a visitor but am sure they do !
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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 ;)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $32
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
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
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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