Saturday, 6 January 2018

Bringing in 2018 - Belfast.

A few months ago, I was invited on a trip to Belfast for new year with my boyfriend Sean and his friends. Belfast was chosen as it's somewhere none of us had been before and easy enough to get to being just under an hour away on an aeroplane. 
I wanted to share some photos from my trip and let you all know what I got up to - here we go. 

Me & Sean arrived a day before everyone else so that we could spend a day exploring the city on our own. We flew to the George Best City Airport which is conveniently located around a 10 minute taxi ride from the city centre. After checking in at our hotel, we dropped our bags off and headed out for a wander. One place that caught our eye was the Titanic Belfast, a museum dedcated to the very place where the famous Titanic was built and launched back in 1911. 

After spending a couple of hours at the museum, we were starting to get a bit peckish. With absolutely no knowledge of Belfast's food scene, we scrolled through TripAdvisor and read a few reviews. I don't usually like to use Tripadvisor too much as I find it can be quite misleading and untrusting, but needs must. Sean found a highly rated restaurant called Holohan's at the Barge. We called up and luckily, they could squeeze us in at short notice. 

As the name suggests, the restaurant is located on a converted barge perched on the side of the River Lagan. Holohan's pride themselves on their use of Irish produce but take influence from all over the globe. The quirky, intimate surroundings aboard the barge were so pretty. It's clear to see why they have been shortlisted for the UK's most romantic restaurant. 

Our meal was exquisite. The quality of the food, the presentation, the atmosphere, the surroundings, the service was all spot on. I have absolutely no complaints about our time here. I also had the opportunity to try something new, that being Boxty - a traditional Irish Potato Pancake and it was divine. If you're in Belfast and you love your food, this place is a must.

The next morning consisted of a lie in followed by brunch. Whilst exploring the previous day, we'd spotted a cute looking cafe called The National Grande located within the Cathedral Quarter.

The National was a great choice as we were able to find seats, the brunch menu had plenty of choice and it was around a 2 minute walk from our hotel and I like to eat food as soon as I wake up.
My Brioche French Toast and Sean's Bacon & Eggs were both very tasty and received a big thumbs up from us both. By night, The National operates as a nightclub called Sixty6.

Later that day, we were joined by the others and checked into some apartments a short taxi ride away.
It was New Years Eve and our destination for the evening was Ollie's Nightclub. We'd heard good reports of this place so decided to book a VIP club floor table which gave us VIP entry, a table for up to 8 people plus a bottle of Grey Goose & mixers at a cost of £175.
For someone who doesn't go 'out out' all too often, I had a really enjoyable night at Ollie's for the few hours we spent there seeing in the new year.

New Years Day was spent pub hopping from Crown Liquor Saloon to The Duke of York before finally setting up camp in Lavery's where we enjoyed drinks and laughter.

On 2nd January, it was time to head home. The others were all catching a flight back to Inverness and my flight to East Midlands was a few hours later. 
I really enjoyed my time in Belfast and getting to explore Northern Ireland for the first time. 
I just wanted to point out an app called FonaCab which is probably the biggest taxi firm in Belfast (you see them everywhere). We used so many taxi's over the course of our stay and this app was amazing. You can book a taxi either ASAP or in advance, you can track the taxi once it's been despatched, calculate an estimated fare and they also text you the registration number of the car so you know which one is yours. Having a taxi booked for 2am after New Years Eve was a life saver as I'd have hated to try and find a free car at that time.

Have you ever been to Belfast? What did you get up to?


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