Friday was our sixth wedding anniversary, and to celebrate we stayed in The Malone Lodge Hotel in Belfast city centre for a treat. We had been invited to peruse their new makeover, which sees the accommodation and restaurant revamped into a boutique hotel & apartments, which wouldn't be out of place in any stylish European city.
Aptly, The Malone Lodge is situated one street along from where I lived when my husband and I started going out together. In a tree-lined avenue in the University area of Northern Ireland's capital, it's a great base for those visiting from all over the world. They have 111 luxurious rooms, with 23 five star apartments to suit families and tourists alike.
Our couples package starts at £180 per room and includes strawberries & champagne on arrival, plus dinner in The Knife & Fork, the hotel's exclusive restaurant with an award winning chef. You will also both have a full Irish breakfast the next morning.
We were blown away by the stunning room, crisp and clean with a huge king sized bed. The Knife and Fork restaurant however was even more special. For five year's The Percy French at the Slieve Donard Hotel held the title of, 'The best steak, ever' as awarded by my husband. The Knife and Fork snatched the title on Friday night, and we will be back to dine there again very soon.
As a starter, my husband had soft, juicy rack of ribs. I opted for the very unusual Thai chicken wrapped in deep fried seaweed, with wasabi dressing.
Main course for myself was salmon, another locally sourced product, which is an important part of what makes The Knife and Fork special. The restaurant has close ties with local producers and farmers, bringing only the best of Northern Irish food to your table.
my husband had a mocha brownie for dessert, but my sweet course was the show stopper. A huge meringue that was so generous other tables of diners turned to get a peek, then ordered it for themselves!
After being spoiled with The Knife and Fork's delights, we returned to our room to relax and enjoy the plush surroundings. We watched Die Hard 2 on the huge flat screen tv, highly romantic choice for an anniversary, right?
We slept well, and despite being in the city on a Friday night, it was very quiet.
Breakfast just had to be their big Ulster Fry, it would have been terribly rude not to indulge in the province's traditional breakfast.
The final cherry-on-top touch was a fresh fruit plate & wedding anniversary card from the staff at The Malone Lodge, part of the very attentive service we received during our stay.
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