Review on The Merchant Hotel

One of the crowning glories of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, this sumptuous Italianate building was the HQ of the Ulster Bank before re-appearing as a bright new star among the city's hotels. The awesome Victorian sandstone façade remains, and there is plenty to admire once you get inside.

Pride of place goes to the stunning Great Room restaurant (formerly the main banking hall), which is resplendent with a mighty enamelled glass cupola suspended from 'Ireland's largest chandelier'; all around are plasterwork friezes, Corinthian columns and sculptures depicting Science, Poetry, Sculpture and Music.

The kitchen works to a luxurious contemporary menu peppered with foie gras and caviar, although it keeps its feet on 'terra firma' for summer tarte paysanne, roast halibut with a rösti, braised cabbage and lemon butter sauce, and caramelised belly pork with scallops, cauliflower purée and haricot beans. Desserts don't stray far from the familiar world of gooseberry fool, tarte Tatin and chocolate fondant.

For more casual home comforts, try the all-day Cloth Ear brasserie or the refined simplicity of the Bar – which boasts some remarkable cocktails as well as straightforward food.

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Modern European


John Paul Leake

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 7.00 – 10.30am
Lunch: 12.00 – 2.30pm Sun-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 – 10.00pm

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Merchant Hotel

  • Childrens menu
  • Pre theater meals
  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • 85 covers
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (26 rooms)


The Merchant Hotel
35-39 Waring Street
Cathedral Quarter
County Antrim

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