The Best of 2016 on Gin & Griddle

So as 2016 draws to a close, before we jump in to 2017, its time to look back and reflect on the best of the year…. I love writing these posts, remembering the great places, food and experiences; I’ve appreciated and that have stayed with me afterwards… Enjoy and let me know what you think! best…

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland

Galgorm Resort & Spa is set in over 150 acres of green fields and parkland with the River Maine flowing close by the hotel and through the estate. The hotel is an old house to the front, leading to a seamless, more modern extension. There are 122 guestrooms & suites, numerous restaurants and bars, and one of the things…

James Street South, Belfast

While we were in Belfast for the weekend, we had what was probably our best meal at James Street South. It was lunch on Friday. We drove from Dublin that morning, dropped our car and bags into The Merchant and hopped in a cab to James Street South for our 1.30pm lunch reservation.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Belfast

Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been opening in Dublin for what seems like years. I think it is eventually planned to open a branch this year, although ‘sometime in 2016’ isn’t very definite. So in the meantime should you wish to try Five Guys or get your Five Guys fix, take yourself to Belfast,…

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

Belfast is a city we love to visit, there’s lots to do with some great restaurants and bars. It had been a couple of years since our last trip so we decided to treat ourselves to a stay at The Merchant Hotel and booked an ‘art deco room’ for a two night weekend break.