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The Great Room Restaurant

The Great Room Restaurant is truly the jewel in the crown of the hotel.

A sumptuous space evoking effortless and timeless grandeur, situated in the former main Banking Hall of the building. A more fitting setting for the gastronomic delights prepared daily for discerning guests could not be imagined.

The food in The Great Room Restaurant is inspired by the classics, yet allows the excellence of each individual ingredient to shine through. One can taste the subtle flavours of each component, each element complementing one another perfectly.

This is a showcase for food as it should be, using the best of local produce. Enhancing the stunning food experience is a wine list which endeavours to remain unsurpassed in Ireland. It has been carefully constructed and changes regularly to reflect the flavours of the season, the best new wines and classic vintages.

This graceful experience would not be complete without the careful attention and professional service of our highly trained staff.

Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch (no lunch on Saturdays), Traditional Afternoon Tea (accompanied by live piano on Fridays, the trio on Saturdays and a string quartet on Sundays) and sumptuous à la Carte Dining.

Cristal Champagne Dinner - 9th October 2014

On October 9th 2014, The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel will play host to the most exclusive gastronomic event on the island of Ireland this year. For £195 per person, you can enjoy the ultimate fine dining experience with a sumptuous seven course meal, alongside matching luxury wines and Louis Roederer Cristal champagne. Dishes from the luxurious menu include pressed guinea fowl and rabbit terrine with hazelnut and vanilla pear accompanied by a glass of Brut Vintage 2007; lobster thermidor matched with a glass of Cristal 2006; wild turbot, salsify, caspian beluga caviar with a glass of Cristal 2000; and a dessert of Brillat savarin, spiced black fig and candied pistachio paired with a glass of Louis Roederer Rose Vintage 2009.

With demand for tables at the exclusive dinner set to be high, culinary and wine aficionados are advised to book early, please contact +44 (0) 28 9023 4888 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here for more details of this exclusive event, including the full food and drinks menu.


Afternoon Tea

The Great Room Restaurant is also justifiably proud of re-introducing traditional afternoon teas in all their glory, to the city of Belfast.

Find out more about our Afternoon Teas

Sample menus available to download below. Please note that these menus are subject to change. A discretionary 10% service charge will be added to all bill.

To make a booking, please contact +44 (0) 28 9023 4888 

or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please follow the links below to view the sample menus and prices.

View Breakfast Menu >>

View Lunch Menu >>

View Pre-Theatre Menu >>

View A La Carte Menu >>

View Tasting Menu >>

View Sunday Menu >>

View Children's Menu >>

View Seasonally Selected Menu (Available in Private Dining Room only. Sample menu only) >>

View Wine List >>

View Afternoon Tea Menu >>

View Vegetarian Afternoon Tea Menu >>

View Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Menu >>

View Nut Free Afternoon Tea Menu >>



For parties over 6 persons, please contact the Great Room directly on 02890 234 888 and we will gladly help you with your reservation.

Reservations for a specific date will close 12 hours prior to service, please do not hesitate to contact The Great Room directly on 028 9023 4888 to check availability.