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“A totally different experience”

Holohans At The Barge
Ranked #3 of 1,073 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $45
Cuisines: Irish
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on the Belfast Barge and permanently moored beside the Waterfront theatre and Queens Bridge in the heart of Belfast City. Holohan's unusual and picturesque setting is the perfect accompaniment to the 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.[ Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and visually striking 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
Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A totally different experience”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

This little restaurant is lovely.
Really beautiful setting, the staff could not be more helpful and friendly. Great choice of drinks and the food is so original. Reasonably priced and beautifully presented. Could not fault one part of our evening here and will definitely return for our next special occasion meal!

  • Visited July 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Starters too small but overall tasty”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Dinner on the boat is different and quite compact. Waiter was fantastic and went through the entire drinks and food menu in detail. Food was also very good however we thought the portions (especially) the starter was just too small. Decor could do with a touch up here and there too, but overall, a tasty meal was had... Will we be back? Sometime Probably!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Reconnaissance mission”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

The aim of our visit was to suss it out before our planned ladies weekend away in December.
Had read the reviews & eagerly anticipated our meal, we were Not disappointed!
Great place, simple but lovely menu, genuinely friendly staff & nice relaxed atmosphere.
The food was fabulous! Fresh, very tasty & beautifully presented.
Thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Made the booking for our group visit & cannot wait.

  • Visited July 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Class on water..”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Had a brilliant experience on the Belfast barge, food and drink went down a treat..
Thanks to Calvin and the guys.
Who helped make the evening enjoyable, keep up the good work

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Crumlin, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fab night”
Reviewed July 5, 2014

Went there for our anniversary and we were not disappointed. Staff lovely, friendly and full of life. Venue is small and quirky. Food although limited in choice was thoroughly delicious- we had black pudding bonbons and fishcakes followed by lamb rump and scallops then rice pudding and rhubarb crumble- yum!

Visited July 2014
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