Belfast Restaurant Week is back in the Cathedral Quarter

19 August 2019

A choice of 600 mouth-watering dishes will be on offer in 40 City Centre restaurants during Belfast Restaurant Week which runs from 23 to 29 September. A joint venture between Belfast One and Destination CQ, the initiative will tickle the taste buds of diners seeking scrumptious steaks, Vegan feasts and delicious dining experiences with Asian, Italian and Mediterranean influences.

Diners will be encouraged to explore the number one shopping and leisure destination in Northern Ireland and stop off for lunch, dinner or the now famous Big Belfast Brunch – available in participating restaurants on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September.

Gareth Neill of Destination CQ welcomed the return of Belfast Restaurant Week and said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back Restaurant Week on the 23rd to the 29th of September, 2019. Restaurant Week in February was a huge success right across the city and we are delighted to be working with our partners at Belfast One again on the next instalment.

“We delivered a fantastic offering for the businesses and residents of Belfast. The idea behind it was to drive footfall into the city centre after 5:00 PM, specifically during Monday to Thursday when it’s traditionally a lot quieter in the evening economy. It was with great aplomb that we were successfully nominated for “best marketing campaign” from the 2019 Belfast Business Awards.

“Post event survey work indicated that the initiative drew an extra £150,000 of spend into the city’s economy over the five days of the activity. Year on year sales for a lot of the restaurants was on average around 59% up which was great to see. That was really the rationale to go back to the restaurants and say, ‘Do you want to do it again?’

“It’s been taken up by around 40 restaurants and we’re expanding the offering to also concentrate on lunchtime menus for businesses, office employees, people who just want to pop out for a quick snack in the afternoon, because again, that is a great time to spend some money in the city centre.”