Portaferry Food Guide: 10 must-eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Portaferry
Portaferry (from Irish Port a' Pheire, meaning 'landing place of the ferry') is a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland, at the southern end of the Ards Peninsula, near the Narrows at the entrance to Strangford Lough. It is home to the Exploris aquarium and is well known for the annual Gala Week Float Parade. It hosts its own small Marina, the Portaferry Marina. The Portaferry - Strangford Ferry service operates daily at 15-minute intervals (8am to 11pm) between the villages of Portaferry and Strangford, less than a mile apart, conveying about 500,000 passengers per annum. It had a population of 2,514 people in the 2011 Census. .
1. The Artisan Cookhouse
5 based on 148 reviews
Contemporary Bistro in Strangford, County Down. Using the best of local seasonal produce, cooked simply, letting the ingredients sing for themselves. We pride ourselves on providing high quality and professional service in a friendly and relaxed environme
Reviewed By Simon H
Good service by all the staff, comfortable and pleasant.The meal was first class and would visit again as it was an enjoyable evening.Would recommend you go here for a meal and enjoy great food.
2. Saltwater Brig
4 based on 267 reviews
Irish country pub serving great food, drink & craic with a relaxed informal style 7 days a week in a rural setting on the shores of Strangford Lough.
Reviewed By RubyCanberra - Portaferry, United Kingdom
On a blustery cold day we were lucky to be in close range of the saltwater brig. The fire was roaring and the food was hearty, tasty and well priced and the service was friendly and attentive. We left happy and satisfied! Would definitely go again it did not disappoint! Thank you for your kind words. will pass on to the staff.
3. Salthouse Restaurant
4 based on 104 reviews
Reviewed By Roger C - Bangor, United Kingdom
A little gem!
Great food and great friendly service. Pity that it only opens at weekends. Menu very extensive, had starter and main so will have to try a dessert on next visit.
4. The Cuan
4 based on 573 reviews
The Cuan Licensed Guest Inn is a family owned and run hotel located in the beautiful conservation village of Strangford, on the shores of Strangford Lough. We offer a fantastic food experience with seafood as our specialism and a passionate commitment to
Reviewed By MaggieMeggie - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Fabulous sunday lunch with family and friends
What a lovely place! Celebrating nothing in particular other than being with good friends and family. but we were made to feel so welcome by everyone from the chef to the barstaff and everyone in-between. Meal was delicious, freshly made and plentiful. Spotlessly clean toilets. Well stocked bar, our only regret was not being able to stay longer to enjoy the atmosphere more.Many thanks MaggieMeggie, it is really uplifting to receive such fantastic compliments to start a new week:)Maybe you will stay overnight with us the next time MaggieMeggie.RegardsCaroline, Peter & Team
5. The Lobster Pot
4 based on 400 reviews
Winners of Ulster Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2018, runners up Pub of the Year 2016, Taste of Ulster 2016 & 2017. This family run restaurant and bar, is situated in the heart of Strangford village overlooking the lough, serving local fresh produce. Dis
Reviewed By Dylan L - Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Service leaves a lot to be desired
Called in after a day trip to Portaferry. Food was great but the service was horrednous- not greeted on entry, waiter didn't want to be there, requested a sauce which the waiter bluntly said 'no,' it seemed to take 3 members of staff to polish cutlery and when a member of the party asked where the toilet was, the waitress finished her sentence mid-way and continued her conversation with the waiter.No toilet roll in the toilet. Not a busy restaurant, unsatisfactory service, bad review. Avoid.
6. Captain Jacks
4 based on 47 reviews
Reviewed By Safari43723532168
The Two Know-it-alls
We entered the lovely atmosphered Captian Jack's with the intention of getting some food when we arrived there were Christmas decorations and Christmas music was playing. Our waitress was delightful to be around and such a people person☺☺. Even when we forgot our phone she returned it to us even though they had a big booking coming in which meant there would have been some hassle. We are regular attenders who love❤ the food, it was well priced and we will defiantly be back.
7. Portaferry Hotel Restaurant
4 based on 248 reviews
Reviewed By DLP555 - Bangor, United Kingdom
Lovely place, shame about the food.
My wife and I had lunch here recently. We both recalled enjoying very good food in the hotel some years ago, I think, under the previous owner. This lunch was disappointing. I had the leek and mushroom cheese pot; whilst it was acceptable the sauce and cheese topping made a rather over-powering combination. My wife didn’t fare so well. She sent her scampi back after the first bite. More shrimps than prawns and over cooked. The alternative fish and chips was not a lot better. The fish overly dry and the batter hard and again overcooked. The place is lovely and the staff extremely pleasant but the cuisine lets it all down. I have often found going back to an old haunt can be a mistake. This was one.
8. Deli-licious Cafe
4 based on 43 reviews
Deli-licious Cafe Portaferry Open 9-3 weekdays and 9-4 Saturday and Sunday
Reviewed By Janet R - Usk, United Kingdom
Great little lunch
Popped in for a light lunch after a walk around Portaferry. Nice enough choice, food and prices, but service was a little dour - a smile would have gone a long way.
9. The Pantry
4 based on 85 reviews
Reviewed By NowCousins - Killyleagh, United Kingdom
Im fairly well versed in steak sandwiches, and the one I had last week at the Pantry was second to none. I know how I like my meat - and I got exactly what I asked for (which, in my opinion, is a rarity in Northern Ireland as most places like to over-cook your order - assuming "she couldn't possibly have meant rare, we know best, lets give her medium-well done" and then ruining a perfectly good cut of beef that had the potential to be so much more! My husband and I enjoyed a shared starter that had such great flavours (goats cheese) and did exactly what a starter should do, got us ready for our main! We also had a dessert - the pavlova - it was perfect. I couldn't believe the quality of all 3 dishes - compliments to the chef. The whole experience was so much higher than I was expecting, from a little cafe/restaurant in little ol' Strangford. I will definitely be returning (today actually!...and bringing a friend!) The service was nice, and the prices very reasonable - in my opinion, if this place was in London/Belfast they could/would be charging much more!
10. Barholm & The Ferry Port Cafe
4 based on 20 reviews
Reviewed By Discerning322 - Belfast, United Kingdom
Best breakfast with the best view.
A large group of us had beakfast in this outstanding location. Fabulous. Food perfectly cooked, service excellent and views that would raise anyone's spirits. At the next table were residents who told us that Barholm is one of the best places to stay in Portaferry - rooms with sea views at a low cost. Add in the good food and what more could anyone want?