Ballycastle has a well earned reputation as a place for great good served in friendly restaurants and pubs. All use the best local ingredients, are reasonably priced and are family friendly. Being a coastal town, freshly caught seafood features widely.
Our current favourite is Thirty Nine Steak and Seafood, located at 39 Ann Street. The menu changes weekly depending on the season and availability, so there’s always something different to try, as well as special offers. A big plus at Thirty Nine is you can bring your own alcohol, with no corkage charge.
Also in Ann Street is the recently refurbished Central Wine Bar, where good food and music combine effortlessly in an enjoyable night out.The Central has been run by the McHenry family for almost 20 years, and they have built a reputation as great hosts amongst locals and visitors.
One of Ballycastle’s most popular music pubs, O’Connor’s Bar, also serves great food. The live music varies from traditional to modern, with a DJ livening up the beer garden during the summer months. The main bar retains the traditional character of a local pub where you can enjoy a pint, while the food menu offers something for everyone.
A traditional Ulster Fry, consisting of bacon, sausage, eggs and freshly baked soda bread is a great way to set you up for a day’s sightseeing along this amazing coastline. The Bay Cafe, at the harbour and Thyme & Co in Quay Road are both worth a visit.
After a walk on the fabulous Ballycastle beach, a well earned coffee can be enjoyed at the Shorebird Coffee Hut where you can take in the views of the beach and beyond to Fairhead.
If you fancy sampling a little from a selection of restaurants and pubs, the Ballycastle Food Tour is a must. Host Caroline Redmond will take you to 6 unique venues and introduce you to the people who catch, grow, make and bake truly delicious food. Caroline’s website www.irishfeast.com has full details and tour dates.