I found a gem of a restaurant hidden below Cave Hill, Belfast this week and I had to share! The Fort, 648 Antrim Rd is hidden just off the main road opposite a busy petrol station but it has some of the best home cooking and comfort food I’ve tasted!

Head Chef Joe Louden, who has recently returned back to N.I after years working in top restaurants and hotels has brought a whole new depth of flavour to the restaurant.

The Fort has a menu to suit all! We visited on a Sunday where a brunch and dinner menu was available but we couldn’t resist trying two of the evening specials as well.

The Goats Cheese came perfectly presented with the most more-ish pickled beetroot and the succulent Pablo breaded pork fritters hit the spot with the amusing  bright green puree! A delight for the eyes and the tastebuds!



Then it was on to the mains. We ordered the Healthy breakfast and the roast chicken.

Don’t let the name fool you the Healthy Breakfast maybe grilled bacon and poached eggs but it was my favourite the tiny details such as the fresh pepper relish and the marinated sunflower seeds made this dish completely something else it made me lick my lips and want to lick the plate!


The Sunday Roast at The Fort is exactly what you crave at this point of the year, as the nights are getting darker and you want something filling and comforting. The chicken was perfectly prepared and cooked; moist and delicious and it came with all the trimmings!



As if we hadn’t eaten enough delicious morsels, the chef also sent us out the amazing fish cake with hollandaise sauce a special on the menu at the weekend. Again I can’t help but sing praise on this dish despite it being maybe a bit oversized (it was the size of my hand!) the fish was flaky and perfectly seasoned, the hollandaise delicious.

After all that food, I felt satisfied but that I was in need of good walk, good thing Cave hill and the gorgeous Belfast Castle is right around the corner!  I highly recommend you check out The Fort Restaurant, I’m sure I’ll be home back soon.

Emer D xx