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Holohan's Pantry is Belfast's only boxty house, located in the Queen's Quarter, serving fresh, local ingredients and 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, it's easy to 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.
Their goals are to provide and champion their particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and visually striking setting. Whilst celebrating Irish culture, they try to do so without resorting to Irish clichés and tropes. They feel the “Irish-ness” comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu.
- 43 University Road
- BT7 1 ND
About the food
Holohan’s Pantry 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, they showcase the diversity of Irish cuisine using recipes from all over the island, with the North being a particular focus. They interpret and update classic Irish dishes and keep the menu small to really focus on the quality of each dish, and love to hear customers telling them their culinary stories – if they hear of a dish they love, don’t be surprised to see it appearing on the menu the following week!
Holohan’s Pantry strives to create food that is modern and inventive, with a nice twist of nostalgia. Many of the dishes on the 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’.
From 1 April 2019 Holohans Pantry will be suspending its lunch service until further notice to allow major structural repairs and roof replacement to take place on its listed building. A Tuesday evening dinner service will be added and extended trading hours on Sunday through until 9.30pm (last bookings 7.30pm).
New opening hours:
Wednesday to Saturday 5pm-11pm (last orders 9.30pm)
Sunday 12pm-9pm (last orders 7.30pm)