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The Harbour Brewers Fayre Carrickfergus: Review

Brewers Fayre The Harbour

Last weekend we were invited to The Harbour Brewers Fayre in Carrickfergus. The restaurant is trialing what they refer to as Chef’s Counter menu, and they asked if we would review it. The concept is that on week nights, they have all you can eat buffets, with choices such as battered fish fillets, chilli beef, and roast chicken. And on Saturday’s they have an all you can eat Peri Peri Chicken night, for those who like it hot! Of course, all this is in addition to their usual menu.

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Food at The DeerStalker

The Deerstalker at Kelly’s Complex Portrush

If you are from Northern Ireland it is highly unlikely that you have not heard of Kelly’s at Portrush. However there is a chance you may not know about their newest Bar and Bistro, The DeerStalker!

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Tides Restaurant Portrush

The Tides Restaurant Portrush

After school one day last week, I packed up the kids and headed to the North Coast. I haven’t been for months, and I didn’t let the fact that the skies were grey stop us! We had a great time exploring but I wanted to tell you about The Tides Restaurant which sits on the cliff top between Portrush and Portstewart.

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The Wild Duck Portglenone

Being truly in the midst of winter, my family and I decided to treat ourselves to a meal out. Word of mouth reviews on The Wild Duck Portglenone are good so we thought we would give it a try. My first tip is, if you are not familiar with where Portglenone is, make sure you put the full address into your SatNav, otherwise, like us, you could end up wondering if you’re going to need euro’s by the time you get to your destination! (Northern Ireland uses GBP)

We did arrive, only five minutes late for our booking, and we were glad we had reserved as several of the people in front of us who hadn’t were told they would have to wait for a table. First impressions were good. Although the car park was a little potholed I have seen much worse, and on entering the building the immediate gush of warm air was a welcome blanket after the blustery winter air.


The interior is traditional, lots of stone, wooden beams and old pictures adorning the walls. There are a mix of standing table and booths, all of which provide an acceptable level of privacy and elbow room.

The meal itself was lovely. We had four adults and one child eating and every plate was cleared. Prices were fair, with most main course meals costing £10-£15 per person.

The venue has many accolades on the wall promoting itself as a family friendly restaurant, and indeed there were lots of families dining. If there was a play area, I was not made aware of it, and my three year old wasn’t offered any of the common colouring packs to help keep him quiet. However, these things weren’t really necessary as the service was fast, so he didn’t get bored (as he frequently does).

If I was being really picky I could point out the Christmas posters still in the bathroom at the start of February, or the cheap looking plastic flower arrangements which were placed in a few locations. Did these things impact on my experience? No, I can’t say they did, and they certainly wouldn’t merit a decision not to return.

Would I go back? Yes I would, and I would recommend others to try it. Just make sure you know where you’re going, or have a good Satnav, or perhaps let the man drive (shhhhh…. don’t tell my husband I said that).

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