Taste Ards and North Down

Taste of Ards and North Down is a collection of individual experiences which celebrate delicious local food and drink, showcasing some of the borough’s finest eateries and breweries. Combined with farmers’ markets and a chance to savour the tastes of our region as local restaurants feature their signature dish throughout the month.

Borough Harvest Markets

Bangor | McKee Clock Arena Saturday 26 September 2020, 10am – 4pm
Comber | The Square, Comber Farmers’ Market Thursday 1 October 9am – 1pm
Newtownards | Conway Square: Saturday 17 October, 8am – 5pm

Weekly markets are a tradition, a fixture in Newtownards and Bangor for almost a century. Strangford Lough seafood, local vegetables, plants, homewares and traditional breads that are baked as you wait are available for you to buy. Harvest Markets offers all that and more, showcasing the very best of the borough weekly markets and bringing to you some wonderful new artisan stalls to stock up on the freshest selection of goods from the area. Don’t forget the borough weekly and monthly markets will also be running during the period.

Foodie Experiences

*Please note when booking the NI Executive guidance from 21 September 2020: The maximum table size is six and is to be composed by a maximum of two households.

Ulster Scots Food and Culture Night in Donaghadee (18+)
8 October 2020, 7pm

A night to celebrate the heritage, culture and food traditions of Donaghadee and the surrounding areas.  Four fantastic restaurants that have elevated the town to the status of a leading foodie destination have come together for one night.  The Bull & Claw, Grace Neills, The Lighthouse Bar & Grill and Pier 36 have created a three course culinary delight from local ingredients that offers a flavour of the very best Ulster-Scots foodie traditions.

The Bull & Claw
028 9188 2262
£45 pp Read Menu
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Grace Neills
028 9188 4595
£35 pp Read Menu
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The Lighthouse Bar and Grill
028 9188 4316
£35 pp Read Menu
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Pier 36
028 9188 4466
£38.50 pp Read Menu
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Should you have any dietary or access requirements we recommend that you contact the restaurant directly before booking to ensure that your requirements can be met.  The venues will endeavour to accommodate as far as possible. Tickets released 11/09/2020

Surf & Turf at the Brig
Saltwater Brig, Kircubbin (16+)
10 October 2020, 12noon – 3pm 

A whistle stop food and drink tour of the Ards Peninsula all under the roof of the historic Saltwater Brig just outside the village of Kircubbin on the eastern shores of stunning Strangford Lough. Guests will get to try local Angus beef burgers and steaks from Greyabbey alongside superb Strangford Lough langoustines and a special whiskey cocktail from Echlinville.  You’ll hear the stories of the food and drink that you are tasting and get to know the story of the Brig and current proprietors, the McCarthys.
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Local Food and Drink Showcases (18+)
A showcase of local talent through wonderful foodie experiences across the borough towns; Donaghadee, Comber and Newtownards.
Harbour and Company, Donaghadee: 15 October 2020, 7pm
The Bull & Claw, Newtownards: 21 October 2020, 7pm
No 14 at The Georgian House, Comber: 22 October 2020, 7pm
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Local Dish Month

Ards and North Down is the home to the finest and freshest ingredients, sourced in abundance and here to be discovered in delicious dishes served in our award-winning borough restaurants.
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Please Note: All events are strictly over 18’s only with the exception of the Surf &Turf at the Brig 16+. Booking essential. (Drinks are not included in the ticket price unless stated in the menu). Details subject to change.

Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy applies