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“We will return”
Review of Holohans Pantry

Holohans Pantry
Ranked #3 of 1,252 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$32
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 15 August 2018 via mobile

Booked here after hearing great reviews and it did not disappoint. The stone bass with comber potatoes was simply delicious as was the boxty with steak and Guinness filling. Decided to try the sticky Guinness pudding and it was surprisingly light and perfect end to meal. Eton mess was ok- more meringue and less cream would have been better balance for me.Staff very friendly but not intrusive. Reasonably priced. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Came in for the early bird menu. The staff were very friendly and helpful, making good suggestions from the menu. I had the goats curd, seafood boxty and white chocolate creme brûlée. All courses were immaculately looking and tasted amazing. Definitely worth the trip!

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

We booked a table for 13:30 but having got on the Hop On Hop Off bus realised that we would not make it in time. Several calls to Holohans later we arrived just after 14:30 (time for last orders) and could not have been made more welcome.
We had the 5-10-5 menu. We both wanted the pork belly for main course but there wasn't any left - totally our fault for being so late. Initially felt a bit disappointed about that having read so many good reviews for the pork but we both thoroughly enjoyed our second choice of main (seafood boxy and sea bass). The food was hot, tasty and portion size was generous. We shared a Guinness Sticky Toffee pudding for dessert which was light and fluffy. Holohans is a lovely find and offers good value. Thanks Lydia for all your patience with the changing of our reservation time and our delay in getting to you.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Deana W
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

Absolutely delightful small restaurant where the staff and owners obviously love and care about their business. Service was first class from our very knowledgeable and pleasant host, the food was exquisite. Tried the local delicacy, Boxty, a sort of potato cake which is then filled, in my case with sea food, ate every morsel. Followed on with the local cheese board, again extremely tasty. I would certainly recommend seeking this restaurant out if you are visiting Belfast.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Myself and my partner were in Belfast for a weekend away. It had been a while since we treated ourselves to a meal out and after finding Holohan’s on here we are very very glad we decided to try it.
The restaurant while unassuming from the outside, is very warm, charming and cosy inside. The staff are unbelievably and genuinely friendly, nice and helpful, with one waiter in particular (Calvin) who took over 5 minutes to give us an excellent and detailed guide to Belfast’s night life and where to go depending on what you like. However, the star of the show was the food, which was in equal measures flavoursome and sumptuous but not in anyway pretentious. I would without hesitation wholeheartedly recommend Holohan’s Pantry to anyone in search of tasty excellent food in a warm, welcoming and charming atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Murchu25
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