Restaurants, cafes, and delis are shooting up quicker than rent prices, leaving local residents with plenty of venues to choose from.
One family-run restaurant really sets itself apart from the competition; The Lampost Cafe is truly one of a kind and can never be accused of conforming to the industrial style so favoured by modern eateries.
If you are driving along the Upper Newtownards Road, you may or may not have noticed The Lampost Cafe. It’s a grey fronted, converted house with a lampost in the garden. It’s elegant and tasteful, with no obvious signs of what lies behind the front door.
A ‘The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe’ devotee may recognise this as the lamppost oddly located in the forest of the mythical tale where Lucy meets Tumnus.
In you walk to what I can only describe as a living, breathing scene from Narnia. This kitsch setting is beautifully decorated without being ridiculous.
The family who owns the restaurant have drawn serious inspiration from the life of Belfast’s second most famous son – C.S Lewis, Julian Simmons being number one, of course! Belfast’s fascination with C S Lewis is understandable. He was born and raised in the East of the city and remained a proud Irish man during his adult life spent in England.
Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by a beautiful mural of the Lion and the Witch from CS Lewis’s most infamous tale leading you into a quirky, homely space that is decorated in a ‘deep Winter’ fashion.
Upstairs is a different affair all together, crated with the novelist’s writing/reading den in mind. It is decorated sumptuously in a drawing room style complete with a comfy sofa, green leather chairs, antiques, and a chest board should you have the urge.
The Lampost Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s also relaxed enough to prove the perfect venue for a coffee, scone and catch up. The menu is varied, offering wholesome, hearty and always delicious fare.
Start your day with a breakfast that suits your mood. Opt for a healthier option such as Irish oats with berry compote or sack the diet off in a big way and dive head first into the Mr. Tomnus Fry.
Lunch and dinner are both a beautifully rustic affair, with locally sourced, homemade dishes on offer, such as; steak sausages and champ, fish pie and sautéed green beans, Irish stew and veggie risotto.
Download the Ohh Social app which is an absolute steal at £5 for the 2018 subscription. Simply present your phone in the venue to save up to £13 by availing of a 2-4-1 offer on the main course, breakfast or coffee. No vouchers or coupons are required, just your phone and this one off payment. The savings to be had are quite incredible.
Love Laura xx