We had just flown in from the U.S., arrived in Dublin, rented a car, had many scary moments driving on the "wrong side", and arrived in Belfast. It was around 7 by the time we had checked into our hotel and needed dinner somewhere close - we were exhausted.
We ended up at the Bridge House. The places was packed (always a good sign), but we were able to find a table (although had to work a bit to find two chairs for it!).
Plastic covered menus always give me pause, but actually this was the perfect first dinner on our trip to Northern Ireland. My husband discussed beer, and the staff person really helped us out. She ran out of what was the "perfect" dark beer for me, so gave us a pint, plus two other beers. We decided to try something local. It was already late, and they had run out of the mixed grill (and the apple crumble). If you are flexible, this is not a problem.
I ordered the haddock and chips, and my husband ordered the sausages and champ (which is mashed potatoes and scallions). The sausages are relatively typical of what we have had since, and the mashed potatoes were interesting. All together fun and "Irish". My haddock was HUGE - I do mean huge. The chips were crispy french fried potatoes. And while I worried that the fish looked overcooked, the batter was crispy, not greasy, and the fish perfectly cooked. It came with pea mash - fascinating stuff. Not exactly my favorite thing to eat, but it certainly was Irish. I liked my beer, so the wait staff really was quite good at helping find what you want (although I cannot drink a whole pint). All together, a lovely dinner in a casual atmosphere, I highly recommend it if you are looking for a low key meal, particularly if you are staying at the Radisson Blu at the Gasworks.
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