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The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper Street, Cathedral Quarter, BELFAST, NI, BT1 2DZ

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The Victorian former headquarters of Ulster Bank is a building on a grand scale - those bankers, hey? - and these days the beneficiaries are those that rock up to eat, drink or sleep at the decidedly swanky Merchant Hotel. There are cool boutique bedrooms, bars (including a happening jazz one), and, in The Great room, a fine-dining restaurant. The latter is a stunning space filled with marble columns and plasterwork under a glass-domed ceiling, with banquettes and chairs upholstered in rich red. The kitchen makes sense of it all with a classical-meets-modern repertoire that sees tip-top regional produce treated with respect. Dundrum crab stars in a first course with fennel and watercress purée and Portavogie prawn beignets, while seared foie gras comes with red-wine poached pear, crispy muesli and pain d'épice. Next up, assiette of squab pigeon (seared breast, confit wing, and foie gras-stuffed leg), or glazed turbot with Castelluccio lentils, guanciale and buttered kale. To finish, try lemon tart with honey clotted cream and raspberries, or French and Irish cheeses with seasonal fruit chutney and crackers.

Further information

Tel: 028 9023 4888
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: John Paul Leake
Number of seats: 85
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £19.50
Sunday lunch: £25.50-£29.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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In city centre, 2nd left at Albert clock onto Waring St. Hotel on left
Nearest station: Belfast Central, East Bridge St, Victoria St

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