Even though we have fabulous kitchens in each of the Brookhall Cottages, many guests prefer to eat out when they are staying with us and enjoy some of the amazing food that is on offer at our local eateries. To help you experience the very best of what is on offer in the area, we have compiled the “Brookhall Guide to Eating Out” to give you some suggestions as to where to have breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a coffee when you are staying with us.
A good breakfast is the best way to start the day and you can be sure of a good breakfast at The Shed which is only four miles from Brookhall. Whether it’s a farmhouse fry, French toast or sourdough bread with avocado and eggs, there is something for everyone plus a cosy log burning stove and friendly staff.
Just eight miles from Brookhall Cottages is the picturesque village of Moira where you are spoiled for choice for different places to eat. Coffee lovers should head to the Fat Gherkin or Fine Coffee on the Main Street or head to Moira Demesne for Percy’s Coffee, a mobile trailer where you can grab a takeaway Flat White before having a stroll around the park.
For lunch or dinner, check out the amazing array of locally sourced food at Pretty Mary’s pub or head across the Main Street to the Stillhouse Distillery and Pub to sample some of their award-winning RubyBlue vodka. If a hearty sirloin or fillet steak is more to your taste, then visit the Alchemy which is located slightly outside the village near Moira railway station.
If you fancy making an Ulster Fry in your cottage, then head to McCartney’s butchers on Moira’s Main Street for a staggering array of award-winning sausages – from “lamb and mint”, “chocolate orange pork”, “pork and marmalade” to old tyme beef, there is sure to be a sausage that you fancy trying for breakfast.
Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in an 18th century traditional stone building at Clenaghans Restaurant on the Soldierstown Road, Aghalee. With roaring fires and incredible local food, it’s a popular destination with many Brookhall guests.
If it’s pub grub that you are after, then Lily Johnston’s Kitchen and Bar in Glenavy is the spot to head for. With their hearty portions, delicious food, friendly staff and an open fire, an evening spent at Lily Johnston’s will give you a taster of an authentic Irish pub. Children are welcome too and it’s only a short ten minute drive from Brookhall.
The city of Lisburn is just five miles from Brookhall and there are many eateries available there.
On the outskirts of the city and with free parking, Café Vic-Ryn is definitely worth a visit. It is an award winning artisan café located within the House of Vic-Ryn which has a range of other shops within the complex. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meals, it’s perfectly situated to tickle those hungry taste buds. Try one of their delicious traybakes or scones – the raspberry and white chocolate scones get a thumbs-up from the Brookhall team!
When shopping in the city centre, pop in to see the team at The Daily Apron which is located on the first floor of Smyth Pattersons, a family owned department store which has a huge range of products for the home and garden. At The Daily Apron, everything is made from scratch and are very committed to using local suppliers. People with special diets are no problem and the Daily Apron were the Northern Ireland winners of the 2020 World Bread Awards so try out their sourdough, wheaten or soda bread when you visit. Their huge cakes are hard to pass by so perhaps you could take away a slice of chocolate cake to enjoy at Brookhall for afternoon tea.
Tucked away in Lisburn Square, the Square Bistro has established itself as one of the most successful restaurants in the city of Lisburn. With warm and inviting décor, fabulous staff and great food producers, it’s no wonder that it has many rave reviews on Trip Advisor. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus they have great value early bird dinner deals too.
Last but not least is Oh Donuts which is the place to visit if you are a speciality coffee lover. It’s a takeaway unit located near Sprucefield roundabout heading towards Dublin – it’s bright pink so it is hard to miss. Their extensive range of huge donuts and coffees is the destination of choice for serious coffee lovers in the area. From a vegan orange, hibiscus and raspberry donut to a salted caramel and pistachio donut, there is sure to be a donut at Oh Donuts that you will tickle your fancy.
So as you can see, you have loads of different places to eat and drink when staying at Brookhall. But this is just a small sample of the restaurants and cafes available nearby so please let us know of anywhere else to include and we will be delighted to add them to the “Brookhall Eating Out Guide”.
Brookhall Farm Estate is a few miles from Lisburn City Centre. With its own 12th century church building and onsite self-catering cottages, Brookhall is the perfect wedding venue for couples looking for an idyllic rural setting for their special day.