I am constantly asked on social media to recommend places to eat before a theatre outing, in answer to those questions I’ve started to write a blog on my favourite pre-theatre dining experiences in Belfast.

As a foodie and a theatre lover one of my favourite restaurant experiences is pre-theatre dining. However there are a few rules to dining before a show. The service needs to be fast, the food needs to be delicious and if I can squeeze in a cheeky little glass of wine and a catchup with my plus one I’ll be over the moon. Here are some of my favourite restaurants to attend before a show ( This maybe a growing list so check back for more at a later date, I’m still trying to find a favourite near the Lyric!)

• Heading to a show in the MAC Belfast then why not dine in the new MAC Café Bar:

A couple of weeks ago the MAC Belfast launched a new pre-theatre offering, they have brought their restaurant in-house, with a new team launching the MAC Café Bar. Fast, delicious food seem to be on the menu with everything from more-ish tray bakes to Mac & Cheese, a superfood salad and a classic MAC Burger. I tasted the MAC Burger and it was delicious and the service was welcoming and fast. What really caught my attention on my last visit was the new pre-theatre sharing platter. Breads, humous, hams, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese and olives accompanied with two glasses of Prosecco for £20! Perfect to start your night with a bang!

• Heading to a show in the Grand Opera House then why not dine right next door at the Fitzwilliam Hotel:

Want to start your theatre experience in style? Did you know the five star Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast right next door to the Opera House turned 10 this year. With this decade of experience comes an AA Rosette Restaurant, with a delicious pre-theatre menu and if you are attending a matinee I highly recommend a cheeky afternoon tea in front of the fire. I have always had a delicious meal in this very stylish restaurant and with it literally being a couple of steps away from the theatre there’s plenty of time to stop and try a cocktail or two.

• Heading to the Grand Opera House and bringing the kids:

I highly recommend Fratelli Belfast! My nephews adore this restaurants pre-theatre offering as the excitement and fun starts here! The kids get to experience the mini-boar experience where they become the chef! They get their own chefs hat and apron to make their own pizza (base is delivered to the table with the toppings of their choosing!) They love it! Fratellis is an Italian restaurant which makes some of the best comfort food and treats in Belfast. It is one of my favourites for celebrations as well. Service is always fast and friendly!

To be continued…

Emer D xx