Categories: Itinerary

The Walled City’s reputation as a culinary hotspot continues to grow. Whether you are looking for contemporary cuisine, a fine dining experience or something a little more casual, Derry~Londonderry is bursting with flavour. From restaurants and bistros to cafes and pubs, check out our recommendations for dining in Derry.

Browns in Town

Michelin-recommended, this city-centre restaurant offers fresh and flavoursome dishes every time. Browns in Town is renowned for providing a casual dining experience with great quality food combined with excellent service. The team are committed to celebrating the best local produce from land and sea, including Dart Mountain Cheese and Donegal Prime fish. As well as superb speciality cocktails, Browns in Town offers a wide-ranging gin and local craft beer menu. Its sister restaurant, Browns Bonds Hill, is hailed as putting the North West on the foodie map with its fine dining menus and numerous award wins. The menus at Browns Bonds Hill feature local produce inspired by Chef Patron Ian Orr & his team to give diners an unforgettable experience – the best food tourism experience in Northern Ireland, 2017.

Umi 

The city’s latest foodie addition, Umi, is an Asian fusion restaurant serving sushi, dumplings, and tapas style small plates. However, food lovers will most likely have seen their BBQ’d sharing steak all over Instagram – a 1.2kg cote de beouf, drizzled with Szechuan peppered sauce. With good food comes good wine, and Umi offers an extensive wine and cocktails list as well as their own craft beer. The restaurant has been included in Belfast telegraphs top 10 restaurants of 2022. Throw in some great service, cracker tunes and a massive disco ball, and you’re in for a LegenDerry meal. 

Guildhall Taphouse

The Guildhall Taphouse is steeped in history, yet offers a fresh, alternative take on the traditional bar. Housed in a 19th Century Merchant building in the heart of the City's historic quarter, this Gastropub is just minutes from Derry's famous Peace Bridge, the historical City Walls, and the iconic Guildhall itself. Whilst renowned for its cocktails, craft beers and live music, food at the Taphouse is one for the list. From gourmet burgers to street-food-inspired dishes, small bites to Sunday roasts, you will be sure to make a day of it at the Guildhall Taphouse.

Bishop’s Gate Hotel

The Wig & Gown Champagne Bar and Restaurant at Bishop’s Gate Hotel exudes its own unique style and ambience. The team used locally sourced seasonal produce across their menu which is accompanied by an extensive drinks and cocktail menu. Whether it’s a birthday or date night, a catchup with friends or a work meeting, the Wig & Gown Champagne Bar and Restaurant is sure to make any occasion special.

Soda and Starch

Nestled in the heart of Derry’s traditional Craft Village, Soda and Starch is charming pantry and grill. Each experience at Soda and Starch is underpinned by a passion for using high quality, seasonal ingredients from carefully sourced local suppliers to create delicious authentic cuisine, rooted in Irish cooking traditions and accompanied by huge helpings of our infamous hospitality.

Mekong Street Food

Experience the excitement of south-east Asian street food served with LegenDerry flair Mekong Street Food. The team strive to serve up authentic Asian delights – in fact, they travel once a year to Asia to gain insight into the flavourful cooking that comes from the countries connected to the Mekong River, which inspires their menu. The drinks are the real deal too; cocktails and Thai beer share bar space with Rough Brothers Street Beer, created especially for Mekong.

The city prides itself as being the hospitality champions of Ireland and service with a smile is always guaranteed to be on the menu. Derry has also been shortlisted for Foodie Destinations Ireland for two years running - when you visit, you'll see why!

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