With a packed schedule of golfing action and family festivities taking place over the course of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation from 4th – 9th July, restaurants, cafés and pubs are gearing up to refuel the thousands of visitors flocking to Portstewart for the sporting spectacle.
Whether you are enjoying the golf or any of the special family events and activities organised for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, having a good meal is an important part of your experience on the Causeway Coastal Route.
For families, there is plenty going on to work up an appetite. Under 16s are free of charge when accompanied by an adult to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open with many additional events along the famous Portstewart Promenade also free to attend including an outdoor cinema showing family films and face painting and balloon making at The Crescent.
Over 20 of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians will also be performing live and for free across bars, restaurants, hotels and coffee shops in the town as part of the Midsummer Sessions Festival.
Dining out in the Causeway Coastal Route area has never been so exciting or diverse, with a range of top quality Northern Ireland foods and international cuisine available.
Here are Discover Northern Ireland’s recommendations for delicious eateries for families and foodies alike:
Cromore Halt Inn and Restaurant, Portstewart – This cosy Portstewart gem offers a relaxing atmosphere, roaring fire and extensive menu. The Chef’s ‘special’ is always particularly recommended, especially on a Sunday for £10.95 with all the trimmings. It caters for all with vegetarian meals, gluten free dishes and a children’s menu, along with accessible free parking. To book by phone call (028) 7083 6888.
Ramore – The Harbour Bistro, Portrush – The Ramore group of restaurants are a hit amongst locals and visitors alike with stunning views of the coast, offering highly renowned dishes and drinks for all tastes. The bistro is a family favourite with a fun atmosphere, a children’s menu and highchairs available. To book call (028) 7082 2430 or visit www.ramorerestaurant.com
Ocho Tapas Bistro, Portrush – What’s not to love about tapas, particularly from couple Sean and Trudy Brolly who have brought their love of Spanish food and wine to our shores. Three tapas on the Early Bird menu costs £10.95 and the kids’ menu costs £5.95. To book by phone or online, ring 028 70824110 or visit www.ochotapas.com
Bushmills Inn, Bushmills – The restaurant at this four-star hotel has long drawn visitors from home or abroad to its doors and being close to the famous Bushmills Distillery, it’s a perfect place to unwind after a visit to the whiskey maker. A signature dish is the Dalriada cullen skink fish soup. Ring 028 2073000 to book or visit www.bushmillsinn.com
Weekday, weekend and season tickets are still available for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and Under 16s are free of charge when accompanied by adult.
Special transport arrangements are in place with families and golf fans encouraged to plan their travel in advance and leave extra time for their journeys.
To plan your short break visit www.discovernorthernireland.com
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