Holohan’s Pantry is Belfast’s only boxty house! Whether you’re popping in for a quick lunch or a special occasion you can expect to find true Irish hospitality at its best in this family run restaurant. Situated in the Queen's quarter we’re within walking distance of the Botanic gardens, Ulster museum and the stunning Queens university.
Fresh, local ingredients – Authentic Irish recipes.
As a family, Holohan’s has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations. The current owner’s grandmother; Sabina Holohan, encouraged the family to welcome guests “as if they were visiting your home.”
With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan’s Pantry, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance.
Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and visually striking setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish clichés and tropes. We feel the “Irish-ness” comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu.
About our food
At Holohan's Pantry we create menus based on a broad range of criteria. Seasonality is hugely important as is the use of excellent, ethically sourced local produce. More importantly, we showcase the diversity of Irish cuisine using recipes from all over the island, with the North a particular focus. We interpret and update classic Irish dishes and keep the menu small to really focus on the quality of each dish. We love to have customers tell us their culinary stories and if we come across a dish that we love, don’t be surprised to see it appearing on the menu the following week! We strive to create food that is modern and inventive, with a nice twist of nostalgia.
Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Cráibechán, a delicious savoury porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house speciality; boxty, which comes from the traditional word bacstaí or arán bocht tí meaning ‘poor house bread’.