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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Belfast is complete without tasting the traditional Belfast food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Belfast to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Cider Poached Gammon and Champ: gammon cooked with some cider and mushed potatoes.
  • Dulse: a red alga eaten dried and uncooked.
  • Irish Baked Ham: baked meat from the thigh of the hind leg of a pig.
  • Liver and Mash: fried liver with onion, potatoes mash and sauce.
  • Muffin: bread baked in small portions.
  • Oak Smoked Kippers: whole herring split from tail to head, gutted, salted or pickled, and cold smoked.
  • Omelette: a dish made from beaten eggs quickly cooked with butter or oil in a frying pan.
  • Oysters: bivalve molluscs, consumed by humans, cooked or raw.
  • Pastie: large to medium sized round battered pie.
  • Potato Bread: bread in which potato replaces a portion of the regular wheat flour.
  • Soda bread: quick bread in which bread soda is used as a raising agent.
  • Steamed mussels: mussels steamed in butter with some herbs and vegetables.
  • Veda bread: malted bread sold in Northern Ireland.


  • Coddle: semi-boiled layers of roughly sliced pork sausages and rashers with sliced potatoes, and onions.
  • Irish Potato Soup: soup made of potatoes, onions, chicken broth, milk, celery and grated cheese.


  • Irish Potato Salad: salad made of boiled potatoes, sour cream or milk, mayonnaise and green onion.

Main courses


  • Apple Pie: fruit pie (or tart) in which the principal filling ingredient is apples.
  • Banoffee pie: pastry-based dessert made from bananas, cream, toffee from boiled condensed milk either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter.
  • Knickerbocker glory: ice cream sundae that is served in a large tall glass.
  • Mixed Berry Compote: dessert made of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, water, sugar and vanilla.
  • Rhubarb Tart: tart filled with rhubarb.
  • Yellowman: dessert made of golden syrup, brown sugar, butter, wine vinegar and baking soda.

Fast food

  • Croissants: buttery flaky bread of crescent shape.
  • Tayto crisps: slice of a potato, deep fried or baked until crisp.

Street food

  • Breakfast roll: a traditional morning snack made with common sandwich ingredients.
  • Fish and chips: a popular take-away food, that consists of deep-fried fish and potatoes.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Brown lemonade: lemonade sold in Northern Ireland with brown colouring.
  • Club Orange: Irish carbonated soft drink.
  • Hot chocolate: milk, water, and bars of semi-sweet chocolate.
  • Milk: diary product, popular around the world.
  • Milkshake: sweet, cold beverage which is made from milk, ice cream or iced milk, and flavorings or sweeteners such as fruit syrup or chocolate sauce.
  • Mineral water: water containing minerals or other dissolved substances that alter its taste or give it therapeutic value.
  • Oasis Drink: non-carbonated bottled soft drink.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Bushmills Whiskey: Irish whiskey produced by the Old Bushmills Distillery.
  • Comber Whiskey: an Irish whiskey distilled in Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland.
  • Mead: an alcoholic beverage that is produced by fermenting a solution of honey and water.

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