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Holohans Pantry

43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9029 1103
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed today via mobile

The Christmas menu is amazing. All their menus are always perfect!! The Turkey dinner is sweet, savory, filling and some how you still want more! I can't stress enough how much you need to eat here.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Hayley M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Happened to be near Queens University & went in to the restaurant by chance. Had the Christmas menu. Food good, excellent staff , great atmosphere, so overall a great find.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Barbara337
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very nice little place with a good menu of interesting dishes. The staff are super nice and friendly. On a Friday night the noise level was very high and we had to shout to talk across the table. Also, there seem to be a bit...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank 759christer_
Reviewed 4 days ago

A really lovely restaurant, great service and tasty food, but please ask the chef to double the serving of the vegetarian boxty. It was delicious BUT I was still hungry afterwards. My friends, who all had the meat/fish versions, were eating long after I'd finished...More

Date of visit: November 2018
3  Thank Escape825612
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was my first visit to a Holahans restaurant and what an enjoyable experience it was. It is a quaint little restaurant set near the university area of Belfast. It has limited seating area so booking in advance is recommended. Although small it didn’t feel...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank margareti399
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food at Holohan's was fantastic! As an American (Louisiana native) in Northern Ireland, I found much of the food we tried to be very bland ... and then we discovered Holohan's, which was well-worth the cab ride from our hotel in Belfast City. Holohan's...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank MenderB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place, amazing food, great atmosphere, friendly staff & reasonably priced. It’s a little Irish gem that was a fab recommendation.. I would make sure you book though as it’s really popular.. The staff went the extra mile & recommended some really nice traditional bars...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Judewalk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

All the other reviews are reflective. This has a limited menu and all the better for it. Everything is well cooked and well presented. Service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. You feel as though you've made friends here not just bought food. Go......More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank 839sue839
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An absolutely fabulous restaurant. Amazing food cooked to perfection and some really good advice on complimentary wines and great bars for a nightcap. The host was super and we really want to come back. Would recommend the pork cheek / black pudding starter and the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Ragy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous piece of hake cooked up by their new rockstar chef Michael, one of those dishes that leaves me wanting to lick the plate clean! The bouchard aines pinot noir went down a treat! If you want quality local cuisine, this is the place to...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank theseabass3
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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
US$ 6 - US$ 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic
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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