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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > February 2016 > THE NORTHERN IRELAND YOU NEED TO KNOW


Fabulous cooking isn’t what this part of the UK is most famous for, but during years of political calm the region’s food culture has been growing quietly stronger. Lucas Hollweg makes a pilgrimage to discover eateries and produce worth making a detour for
NORTHERN DELIGHTS Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in Britain

As you fly into Belfast, you get a glimpse of Northern Ireland’s natural beauty. The city straddles the River Lagan at the end of a wide sea lough, overlooked by rugged hills. It’s in stark contrast to Belfast’s docks, where two giant yellow gantry cranes nicknamed Samson and Goliath tower over the Harland and Wolff shipyards, emblems of an industrial heritage that once gave birth to the Titanic. The waterfront nearby has been transformed into a shiny modern district of film studios, museums and entertainment venues, and elsewhere new buildings are gradually tempering the city’s uneasy architectural mix of Victorian grandeur and gritty concrete.

Beyond the city lies a soft landscape of perpetually lush fields, hills and mountains. This is dairy and livestock country, bounded on two sides by waters rich in seafood.

This natural larder isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you mention Northern Ireland, but that’s changing. There’s a growing restaurant scene and a raft of new artisan producers making everything from cheese to beer. This year has been declared Northern Ireland Year of Food & Drink – so now’s the time to discover the region’s riches.


The city’s two weekly markets show off produce from across the province. The long-standing

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This February, let delicious. bring sunshine into your kitchen with an Italian menu from Angela Hartnett, slow-cooked comfort food to gladden the soul, and a pub quiz with bar snacks to boost the brain. Plus homemade pizzas, healthy curries, foolproof crumpets and your favourite old school puddings. Not forgetting heartwarming tales and recipes from Rosemary Shrager and Allegra McEvedy and a clutch of easy midweek meals from Donna Hay, the queen of Aussie cooking.