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The Morning Star

$$ - $$$, Irish,
17-19 Pottingers Entry, Belfast BT1 4DT, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 5986
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“steak” (120 reviews)
“mussels” (23 reviews)
“irish stew” (9 reviews)
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Gastropub, Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17-19 Pottingers Entry, Belfast BT1 4DT, Northern Ireland
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1 - 10 of 558 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We stumbled across this pub while exploring Belfast. We checked to see if they had food and stopped for dinner. The service was attentive and friendly. There was a small buffet at a very cmpetitive price and I opted for that. My friends ordered from...More

Thank BCbikeGuy
Reviewed yesterday

After years of visiting downstairs, we ventured to the upstairs restaurant. WHAT A GEM!!! Hands down the best steak in Belfast, cooked to absolute rare perfection. As we were celebrating a birthday we went all out for The Tomahawk. Amazing. Juicy. Flavorsome, just enough for...More

Thank Pingo F
Reviewed 5 days ago

I ate here on my first visit to Belfast three years ago. I had very fond memories of my dinner here so I was anxious to return for another dinner. The atmosphere was great and the waiter was a riot! He would purposely fall off...More

Thank cocoanutty
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was served a short beer, when we asked the bartender to top up he picked up the glass and pretended to hit the lever and put it back down in front of us still short. Will never return. The bartender made it clear we weren't...More

Thank TMcKenn02
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of ten and our young waiter, Colm made it easy for us all. He was helpful and kept us laughing. Deserves praise from his manager. Food was lovely and I would certainly return. Only downside was disabled facilities were poor

Thank patjones25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just wanted a Guinness and snack. The bar staff were friendly and said they would russle up a sandwich even though they only do proper meals. Had a lovely beef one. Thanks, it was a good price too.

Thank jillhoy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This unpretentious restaurant is upstairs from the pub down an alley in heart of Belfast. Great to see local Irish produce showcased on the menu. There is a range of steaks on the menu but I had a main course of mussels from Strangford Loch....More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

called in for quick bite with my mrs last Saturday.usually go for the buffet as i know what im getting and dont overfill my plate.enough on the plate to do.

Thank G G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this pub by accident, the staff are extremely friendly, amazing food as someone who needs gluten free food amazed to find such a selection of gluten free options with knowledgeable staff. Usually can't have sources to go with steak but obviously the sauces are...More

Thank Carole D
Reviewed 17 August 2017

If you are in for well-prepared traditional Irish meals prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients, this is certainly where you should enjoy your dinner. Danny, the cook and butcher of this wonderful pub, stands for sophisticated cuisine and will certainly enchant your palate with...More

Thank ManuelaH266
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Questions & Answers
3 September 2017|
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Response from NZGW | Reviewed this property |
just walk in will be fine
John M
4 June 2017|
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Response from themorningstar | Property representative |
Hi guys, thanks for the question. to answer it simply we only run our carvery Monday - Saturday approx. 1130-1630, dependent on how busy we are that day. On Sundays we run a brunch menu until 3pm and also run our a la carte... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$54
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17-19 Pottingers Entry, Belfast BT1 4DT, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > Golden Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Golden Mile
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9023 5986
  • E-mail
The Morning Star dates back to 1810 as a public house, but the building was here well before that! The entries were, and still are, the heartbeat of old Belfast. Located in an old romantic entry running between Ann Street + High Street, in the heart of Belfast City Centre. The Morning Star is easily identified by the superb Victorian sign hanging from a grandly exuberant iron bracket jutting out from the corner of the bar, one of the finest examples of its type around. We source all our beef, chicken, lamb and pork locally and most off our family farm. We serve award winning food in our restaurant and bar Monday to Sunday, with a focus on simplicity and promoting local produce. Our bars stock the best in spirits and we pride ourselves on our vast whiskey range. We also have local and international craft beers on tap along with the likes of the black stuff (guinness).
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