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“Delicious mains and pudding”
Review of Holohans Pantry

Holohans Pantry
Ranked #2 of 1,212 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$31
Description: 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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Description: 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!
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

We came in based on TripAdvisor reviews and we're so happy to have trusted the reviews.

The food - we tried Boxsy of the day, Boxsy dumpling and ham roasted in a sugar pit - was absolutely delicious. Not too weighty portions, just the right amount to leave some space for pudding. Can really recommend the Guinness sticky toffee pudding too.

Not a wide selection of vegan/vegetarian options but what was available looked amazing.

Pleasant interior and great customer service.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Having booked on review recommendation, everything about Holohans Pantry exceeded my expectations. An efficient booking process, professional confirming call and the experience: Almost understated in being an obviously close team providing a polished, informative service for a visitor like me. The food was just superb; in presentation, preparation and finished product just delicious! (Steak since you ask with a Colcannon side)
I thoroughly recommended if you like attentive without being overbearing service, warm welcoming atmosphere and of course wonderful cuisine.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Great ambience and great staff. From the warm welcome on arrival to recommendations on the food and wine the staff are a credit to Holohans.
We had a lovely meal and would highly recommend.
Thank you Belfast this place is a gem.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Visited here recently for my husbands birthday meal. It was absolutely amazing, not one thing I would fault, a definite must do if visiting Belfast and you are looking for somewhere to eat. The staff were fantastic especially Calvin and Olivia. Nothing was too much trouble from making sure my husband got a birthday treat to ringing us a taxi to bring us to the Cathedral quarters.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

After reading all the TripAdvisor reviews we were expecting something lovely ...... it surpassed all our expectations ... absolutely delicious. The staff were all brilliant . Fantastic recommendations for the wine and their detailed knowledge of the food helped us to make good choices.
The lamb main course was incredible ... with the combination of a great red wine ... perfect.
Definitely the best meal I’ve had in Belfast.. thank you

Date of visit: November 2018
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