Our Game of Thrones-themed road trip along the coast of Northern Ireland ended in the coastal town of Newcastle. Here, we had a lovely dinner at Brunel’s, a local restaurant owned by chef Paul Cunningham. He only works with local, seasonal and fresh produce, so let’s have a look at what that was like:
Brunel’s in Newcastle, Northern Ireland
We arrived just when the weather outside had decided to go mental. Incredible strong wind, that nearly knocked us off our feet and rain starting to kick in. Perhaps they organised it like this, because what is nicer to be able to go into a warm restaurant to hide from the outside world?
Looking at the interior, which was all nautical-themed, I could only smile at the weather, because I can imagine in the days of the explorers things must have been a lot rougher than we just experienced :)
I was happy with the menu, as it seemed really well balanced. Not too much choice, which always freaks me out in restaurant. There were a lot of seafood options, which makes sense being so close to the ocean, but if you’re more into meat, there were definitely some great options here too!
I went with this amazing seafood chowder as a starter, because it said it was local, which I always try to choose for when I travel. Tasted amazing!
Our guide ordered a couple of sides, such as this lovely mash and fried onions
As a main, I went for the pan seared County Down (so also local!) chicken breast with charred baby corn, parmesan polenta chips, broad beans and black garlic puree. Another great choice, if I can say so myself!
If you’re looking for a cozy restaurant to warm up and enjoy some great local food, then Brunel’s is a great option. It was full of locals and the atmosphere was great as well! I love that this restaurant had a good selection of seafood and that all of the ingredients were local. Definitely worth to pay a visit if you’re in Newcastle in Northern Ireland!
Name: Brunel’s Restaurant
Address: 9-11 Bryansford Rd, Newcastle BT33 0HJ Northern Ireland
Phone: 028 4372 3951
Order: The Seafood Chowder (starter)
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Disclaimer: I visited Northern Ireland on invitation of Visit Britain and Tourism Northern Ireland as part of the #OMGB campaign. All opinions and photos in this article are 100% my own!