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Broughgammon farm cafe, Ballycastle

The farm shop specialises in goat meat and the cafe provides a delicious menu as well as Baileys coffee, tea and homemade cakes using foraged ingredients.

Website: here

Address:  50 Straid Road, 

Ballycastle, BT54 6NP

Distance: 3.6 miles (8 min)

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Mortons, Ballycastle

Fish and chips don't come fresher: local boats unload their daily catch right alongside this little harbourside hut. The cod, haddock, scallops, scampi and crab cakes, along with chips made from locally farmed potatoes, draw long queues in summer (expect to wait).

Website: here

Address: 9 Bayview Road,

Ballycastle, BT54 6BT

Distance: 4.4 miles (8 min)

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39, Ballycastle

Fabulous food in a nice setting. Huge portions of locally sourced ingredients at good prices, even better it's BYO.

Website: here

Address:  39 Ann Street,

Ballycastle, BT54 6AA

Distance: 4.4 miles (8 min)

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Bothy Coffee, Dunseverick

So much more than a coffee house; a roof over your head; a shelter from the weather; a place to rest, eat and warm up; a haven. Well worth a visit!

Website: here

Address:  164 Whitepark Road, Dunseverick, BT57 8SS

Distance: 7.3 miles (14 min)

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The French Rooms, Bushmills

Incorporating a homewares shop and gourmet deli counter, this French-themed emporium with zinc-topped tables is an especially good option for breakfast (croques monsieur and madame, crêpes, eggs royale, brioche bacon butty). Lunch and dinner choices span supreme of guinea fowl to cajun-seasoned sea bass.

Website: here

Address:  45 Main Street,

Bushmills, BT57 8QA

Distance: 9.9 miles (18 min)

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Central Wine Bar, Ballycastle

The Central Wine Bar is a safe bet for a great meal. Fresh local produce is used to create dishes like slow-roasted beef, smoked sea trout and seafood chowder. Friendly service and a good wine list are bonuses.

Website: here

Address: 12 Ann Street,

Ballycastle, BT54 6AD

Distance: 4.1 miles (8 min)

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O'Connors Bar, Ballycastle

A traditional Irish bar with a modern feel and a must stop for visitors to the Antrim Coast where they can experience the unique mix of ‘craic agus ceol’ (fun and music). With live entertainment and Traditional Irish Music Sessions all year round.

Website: here

Address: 5-7 Ann Street,

Ballycastle, BT54 6AA

Distance: 4.4 miles (8 min)

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Mauds, Ballycastle

A visit to Ballycastle should always include a trip to Mauds. A great choice of ice cream with so many flavours to taste.

Website: here

Address:  1 Bayview Rd,

Ballycastle, BT54 6BT

Distance: 5.1 miles (11 min)

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Tartine, Bushmills

Inside a former pub, with bare boards, exposed stone and glowing fire, Tartine's three interconnecting dining rooms are adorned with Irish art. Local produce is given a French twist: Guinness and molasses cured salmon on a baked seafood thermidor and Irish oysters in a Pernod-infused cream.

Website: here

Address:  140 Main Street,

Bushmills, BT57 8QE

Distance: 9.1 miles (16 min)

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The Nook, Bushmills

An historic listed building, dating from 1850's, built as the original school house. Right at the entrance to the Giant's Causeway World Heritage site.

The range of refreshments offered meets all budgets.

Website: here

Address:  48 Causeway Road,

Bushmills, BT57 8SU

Distance: 11 miles (18 min)

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The Cellar, Ballycastle

Down a flight of steps from the street, this cosy little basement restaurant with intimate wooden booths and a big slate fireplace is a good place to sample Ulster produce like locally caught crab claws, north coast salmon and Atlantic prawns, along with Irish beef and lamb.

Website: here

Address: 11b The Diamond,

Ballycastle, BT54 6AW

Distance: 4.3 miles (8 min)

Ursa Minor, Ballycastle

Artisan bakers Dara and Ciara Ó Hartghaile use only three ingredients in their sourdough loaves: flour, water and salt. You can see the bread being made in the downstairs bakehouse; panels explain the process. Upstairs, a bright cafe serves vegetarian breakfasts and lunches, as well as pastries and excellent coffee. Look out for regular sourdough-making classes (£90 per person).

Website: here

Address: 45 Ann Street,

Ballycastle, BT54 6AA

Distance: 4.4 miles (8 min)

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The Bay Cafe, Ballycastle

Great selection of fresh home cooked food, friendly staff, reasonable prices and great views over the harbour.

Website: here

Address: 26 Bayview Road,

Ballycastle, BT54 6BT

Distance: 5.1 miles (11 min)

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Bushmills Inn, Bushmills

Rich in history and still lit by gaslight, The Bushmills Inn is the perfect setting for a night out. Great craic, live music, cosy peat fires, exquisite cusine, a warm welcome.

Website: here

Address:  9 Dunluce Road,
Bushmills, BT57 8QG

Distance: 9.3 miles (16 min)

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Harry's Shack, Portstewart

Bang on Portstewart Strand beach, this wooden shack has one of the north coast's best restaurants (book ahead for lunch and dinner). Harry's uses fruit, vegetables and herbs from its own organic farm plus local meat and seafood in simple but sensational dishes like megrim sole with cockles and seaweed butter, and Mulroy Bay mussels in Irish cider.

Website: here

Address:  116 Strand Road, Portstewart, BT55 7PG

Distance: 18 miles (29 min)

The Bothy at Balnaholish
156 Moyarget Road, Ballycastle, BT54 6JQ

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T: 07783 516 019

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