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Holohans Pantry

43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9029 1103
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boxty” (103 reviews)
“steak” (28 reviews)
“seafood” (17 reviews)
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17:00 - 23:30All hours
Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 University Road, Belfast BT7 1ND, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I would eat here everyday (it's not open everyday). I ordered the dumplings & my husband commented that was the first meal he's seen me finish before him ever. Not to mention the staff working here are absolutely full of manners & smiles. You can't...More

1  Thank Rachel G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious food, warm and friendly staff, excellent value for money especially the early menu. A unique restaurant I highly recommend.

1  Thank Karen O
Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I had a really great dining experience here. The restaurant has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The food was full of flavour and beautifully presented. All of the staff were friendly, genuine and efficient. We hope to return in the not...More

1  Thank Mary C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a relaxing matinee at qft we wandered over to Holohan's Pantry. Lovely welcome and cosy corner seat. Starters celeriac & truffle soup & chicken & ham hock terrine. Both absolutely delicious. Luckily ordered the last roast of the day and the chicken supreme, comforting...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to have dinner, great portion and food was nice. Two downsides were the waiting time- it was a bit long for three main courses and a starter, and the kitchen door was not shut - it is a flappy type of door, so...More

2  Thank Yujie Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the 5-10-5 menu on Thursday which didn't disappoint. The food and atmosphere are perfect. The boxty was amazing and served with perfectly cooked veg! Can't wait to return!

2  Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another visit to Holohans and another lovely wee night out for the two of us. Great staff, great food and fabulous wines. Intimate venue and lovely ambience. Worth a visit !!

2  Thank Pjd123q
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time to visit this restaurant . Whilst not particularly attractive from the outside it is very pleasant within. The food was excellent, as well as being very good value, as was the warm and friendly service. We were most impressed and...More

1  Thank Laver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter found this restaurant near where our hotel situated. £5£10£5 was the menu plus drink we all order starter and main course going for boxty steak meal. The foods was very good and tasty but bit too salty to my liking. With music to...More

1  Thank 210,449
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely staff, surprising interior, much bigger inside than it seems from the outer appearance - would recommend - particularly for lunch

1  Thank Tommy23235
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10 April 2017|
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Response from vera h | Reviewed this property |
A standard reservation is sufficient, have a great night.
22 February 2017|
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Response from Jane H | Property representative |
Hi, thank you to the previous respondents : ) we can get booked up quickly on those nights so a reservation is probably better but we will always try and accommodate you if you drop in. We have a great online booking system... More
3 April 2016|
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Response from Bernie M | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest ringing just to be sure.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$34
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
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:30
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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