A festive season must, is getting yourself along to the local Pantomime. The Grand Opera House in Belfast never fails to disappoint. Myself and a couple of friends organised a festive evening of dinner and Cinderella panto fun at the beginning of December.
Howard Street Christmas Dining
There are a number of fab restaurants near the Grand Opera House which run a pre-theatre menu, perfect for when you are wanting to make a night of it. One of my favourite restaurants in Belfast is Howard Street and because it was a festive occasion we opted for their Christmas set menu.
Howard Street is of course located on Howard Street in Belfast City Centre, just around the corner from the Grand Opera House and Fitzwilliam Hotel, and a stone throw from the back of Belfast City Hall.
The decor is minimalistic but rustic and cosy, with high ceilings, exposed and open brick walls, leather seats and soft lighting. They always have the loveliest Christmas tree as you walk through the door.
The service here is great and the food is nothing short of outstanding – each plate looks like food art and tastes even better! Their signature list of cocktails doesn’t disappoint either – my personal fav has to be The Devil’s Slide!
As it was a weeknight, the Christmas set menu was £29.95pp for 3 courses. I opted for the following courses.
‘Warm Salad Of Irish Stilton Blue Cheese Fritters, Caramelised Onion, Salted Walnuts & Mulled Wine Poached Pear’
‘Roast Turkey & Ham, Chestnut Stuffing, Creamed Cabbage, Roast Potato, Honey Poached Cranberry & Turkey Gravy’
My friends also had the Escalopes of Salmon and Pork Belly for their mains, which were also delicious.
‘Sticky Toffee Bread & Butter Pudding With Christmas Pudding Ice-Cream’
The food was as outstanding as ever! If you are thinking of going to Howard Street, I would recommend booking to avoid disappointment.
Cinderella at The Grand Opera House
We left with 5 minutes to spare to take our seats at the Grand Opera House for Cinderella, ample time really, seeing as Howard Street is so close by.
This year’s stars of the show were Gareth Gates as Cinderella’s handsome prince (I have to admit I was that girl who was team Gareth during Pop Idol, so I was a tad excited), alongside Belfast’s pantomime treasure May McFettridge, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.
The Grand Opera House was packed and the show was fantastic, we didn’t stop laughing and smiling the whole time. There was something for everyone! May McFettridge was as brilliant as ever and the two ugly sisters were great craic!
If you haven’t managed to see it yet, the show is on until the 15th January 2017, I couldn’t recommend it more!