The Bull and Ram is a new restaurant in Ballynahinch. It opened in June and I have been really keen to try it out. My friend Karin was at the official opening and has been raving about it. When she suggested that we visit, I jumped at the chance.
The restaurant is co owned by Noel Wilson and Chef Kelan McMichael. It is situated in an old Butchers shop and has retained a lot of the original features which are really striking. In particular, I loved the tiled wall, featuring the bull and ram and the display of old meat cleavers! It’s quirky and orginal- right up my street!
On arrival we spent a while perusing gin options and settled on Jawbox with Fevertree tonic- always an excellent choice. The waitress arrived at the table and to our delight informed us that the chef had sent us some home made pork scratchings and curried fish cakes to sample. Both were delicious but my winner would be the fishcakes. With these on board, We decided that starters were unnecessary.
For our main course, I opted for the burger and Karin chose the pork platter. I don’t usually choose burgers but I saw one being delivered to another table and just had to have one. It came served with cheese, lettuce, gherkin, tomato, onion and house ketchup. I have no idea what was in the ketchup but it had a spicy kick which was delicious. Karin ordered the pork rib platter which was a triumph in presentation and offering huge chunks of meat. I managed to swipe a forkful and must say it was tender and delicious. We both ordered the beef dripping chips and chose a portion of buttered greens and caesar salad to share. We probably didn’t need both as we didn’t finish them but they did work really well with our dishes.
Needless to say, after this feast we had no room for pudding but managed to continue with our lovely bottle of Las Condes Sauvignon Blanc. After all, there’s always room for wine!
The Bull and Ram is a gem of a restaurant. I loved the decor, the staff, the service and most of all, the food. I will definitely be back.
Big Bull Burger- £12.95
Bull, Ram and Pork rib platter- £16.95
Buttered greens- £3.50
Caesar salad- £3.50
Las Condes Sauvignon Blanc- £19.00
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