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“Lovely staff and good food”
Review of Holohans Pantry

Holohans Pantry
Ranked #1 of 1,164 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$33
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 30 March 2018

First of all, the staff was really lovely. The food was good and the prices reasonable. However, the menu online was not the same as in the restaurant which is little disturbing as we always book our restaurants according to the menus online... Yet I recommend this cute small restaurant!

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1  Thank Irene P
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised to find Holohans Pantry so close to our AirBnB so we had to go based on the TripAdvisor reviews. We were not disappointed. Calvin was exceptional as our host and waiter. Courteous, attentive, and informative. Restaurant is cozy but not crowded. Salmon and barley appetizer was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals...chicken supreme, seafood boxty , and vegetarian boxty. No room for dessert unfortunately, except a whiskey recommended by Calvin. Highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

1  Thank mbdflynn
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

my wife and i had a great time last night, the staff were very helpful and friendly, they explained each dish, the food was excellent, we will revisit next time we are in town

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

Possibly one of the best meals I’ve ever had in a restaurant.
There was a reasonable amount of choices on the menu but not too much.
The price, while not cheap, was fair considering the standard of the food. Restaurant prices in other parts of the UK seem to be ridiculous but Holohans (and Belfast in general) charge a fair amount for food.

1  Thank Ben G
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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

We had a table of 8 on Saturday 24 March. The food was simply amazing, really friendly and knowledgeable staff, very attentive. A MUST if you are visiting Belfast, but would advise you book so you are not disappointed.

1  Thank DawesFamily
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