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6 Places To Eat And Drink If You're In County Derry

By katedemolder

December 20, 2016 at 12:18am


Known to some as the Oak-Leaf county, Derry is as beautiful as it is dripping in history – and its food and drink scene isn't too shabby either.

Boasting some truly deadly eateries and watering holes, Derry has you covered for any sort of sustenance you wish to indulge in. 

We've done a little digging and found out the best of the best, so fill the car with petrol and get yourself out there. 

You'll thank us later.

1. Browns Restaurant and Champagne Bar

Voted best restaurant in Ulster 2016, Browns restaurant and champagne bar is where you wanna go when you get the urge to treat yo'self. Head Chef Ian Orr is renowned for his dedication to fresh seasonal produce and supporting local suppliers, and visitors keen to experience the best the area has to offer will not be disappointed.

The quality of the food and service is just spectacular, providing some of the best and tastiest food Ireland has to offer. Their prices are super reasonable too – with a two-course lunch coming in at only £12. 

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2. The Green Octopus Café

A super tasty hidden gem of a café, where you'll find one of the best burgers in the whole of Derry. The bar is also licensed, for those of you keen for a drink with your lunch. The Green Octopus' menu, despite being deadly and made with the freshest of produce, is also super reasonable for what it is. 

The site boasts a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff too, which are a welcome addition to an already deadly spot. 

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3. The Sooty Olive

Here's where you bring the fussy eaters. The Sooty Olive has a hugely varied menu, so fellow diners can indulge in the simpler things, while you get stuck into something a little more decadent. Yet another reasonably priced eatery in the vicinity, this place boasts outstanding service, exceptional food and a really cracking atmosphere too.

There are also some really delicious cocktails on offer in this place too. Need we say any more?

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4. Harry's Shack

Having won best casual dining spot, overall best chef and best newcomer last year at the Ulster Restaurant Awards, Harry's Shack has it pretty much nailed.

Beautiful location, meticulously perfect treats and meals and deadly staff. Due to their close proximity to the sea, their fish dishes are excellent AND you can even bring your own wine. Happy bloody days. 

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5. Pyke 'n' Pommes

Known locally as Derry's single-best eatery, Pyke 'n' Pommes is the brainchild of Chef Kevin Pyke, the creator of such organic burgers as his signature Notorious Pig (pulled pork, crispy slaw, beetroot and crème fraîche), Cheeky Monkey (monkfish, warm potato and smoked-apple purée), Veganderry (chickpeas, lemon and coriander) and Legenderry Burger (wagyu beef, pickled onions and honey-mustard mayo). 

His seasonal specials include whatever's in season and are always incredible. This guy knows his stuff, and is fronting the street food revolution remarkably. 

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6. Peadar O'Donnell's

Home to great Guinness and even greater live music, Peadar O'Donnell's is a lively bar which hosts traditional and contemporary music each and every night, dressed up with classic decor and little quirky touches. It's homely, warm and welcoming and upon entering, you'll never want to leave. 

The perfect snug of an Irish bar to visit, for when you just want to chill out and soak in the atmosphere.

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