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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 and these days the beneficiaries are those that rock up to eat, drink or sleep at this decidedly swanky 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 where tip-top regional produce is treated with respect. Portavogie lobster and scallops might provide the filling for first-course ravioli, paired with poached langoustine and shellfish bisque, while seared foie gras comes with fig marmalade, fresh almonds and brioche. Next up, perhaps seared wild venison loin with glazed chicory, roast swede and sour cherry marmalade, or roast cod fillet with white crab bonbon, buttered curly kale and salt-cod brandade. To finish, try Valrhona dark chocolate and peanut fondant with banana sorbet.

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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