Belfast 'most expensive meal out in UK'

Published Tuesday, 19 August 2014
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Belfast is the most expensive UK city to dine out in, according to an annual cost comparison study.

Belfast 'most expensive meal out in UK'
Belfast ranked as the most expensive city to dine in out of 20 locations. (© Getty)

Despite being deemed the priciest place for a meal in a restaurant, Belfast ranked among the top 10 UK cities which are the best value for a short break.

The results were taken from this year's TripIndex UK Cities, which compares the cost of an evening out in each of the UK's 20 most popular cities, taking into account typical costs for two people to enjoy a pre-meal cocktail at a four-star hotel, a meal out, taxis, and an overnight stay for two in a four-star hotel during the month of August.

Looking at the basket items separately, Brighton offers the best value for dinner, with a meal for two costing an average of just £54.09. While at £73.01, Belfast comes out as most expensive for a bite to eat.

The result was based on the average cost of a meal for two, including starter, main and bottle of house wine, at five mid-range restaurants.

The eateries chosen in Belfast were Home, Square, St George's Bar and Grill, RBG Bar and Grill and The Ivory.

Sheffield ranked best value overall in the study, with an average hotel stay of £69.35, a taxi journey costing £7.64 and dinner at £63.73.

Belfast came in tenth place, with a hotel costing £105.39 a night, a taxi journey £11.40 and dinner £73.01.

On the other end of the scale, Edinburgh ranked as the number one city to splurge in, followed by Cambridge and London.

TripAdvisor spokesperson James Kay, commented: "For travellers planning a UK break over the upcoming bank holiday weekend, heading north will generally offer the best value for an evening out and overnight stay, although this is not always the case so be sure to plan ahead to get the best deals."

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S.B. in Belfast wrote (119 days ago):
I disagree Jack. I went to a very good burger bar restaurant in Glasgow a few weeks back with some friends and got a massive, tasty burger with sides and a pint of beer for 8 pound. I paid 10 pound for a dry, tasteless burger with cold chips in a city centre pub restaurant a while back with NO drink. In Fortwilliam in the Scottish Highlands I paid 9 pound for a full roast Sunday dinner in a pub and it was fantastic value and taste. You would just not get that value in Belfast with all the rip off, pretentious, okaay yah nonsense that is now thrown at you when you walk into many Belfast eateries. Even in the South of France you will get better value than Belfast. You can get a 3/4 course meal with wine in Nice for 15 - 20 Euros; Belfast would set you back at least twice that. We recently took an Australian uncle to a restaurant in North Belfast which once was very good but is now rip off awful. He looked at the prices for steak and chicken dishes (15 - 20 pound) and shook his head and said you would pay half that in a decent Australian restaurant.
jack in belfast wrote (120 days ago):
I definitely think alcohol is very dear in Belfast. Food? I'm not really seeing it yet. But yes drinking out is unsustainable. 4 quid a pint! Been done a few times for that price. My younger self would slap me for spending that on a pint of beer. I blame Belfast rates. Belfast City Council is really getting the hand in with commercial rates. Between rent and commercial rates some places are ticking over...just They are running businesses into the ground. I have to disagree with the Glasgow comments. I was in Carluchios in Glasgow recently. Two glasses of wine 1 each for me and herself. How much? 12 quid!
neil in lisburn wrote (120 days ago):
And yet they want to put the price of alcohol up! £4 a pint is a disgrace, I can't remember really paying much over £3 in Glasgow.
Gerry in Belfast wrote (120 days ago):
Scandalous. I was out for a meal in a Belfast restaurant last night (I won't mention the name) and the cost including tip worked out at just over £40 per head - and that included a bottle of Perrier sparkling water at almost FIVE QUID. I've just come back from America where I thought cities like New York and Miami were expensive to eat out, but they turned out to be nowhere near as pricey as last night's experience. Plus the quality and quantity of food - as well as the standard of service - was miles better. As one of the previous commenters said, the only way to get the rip-off establishments to lower their prices is not to use them.
my uncle billy in belfast, not paris veinna or rome wrote (120 days ago):
@gerard in belfast, can you not go one comment without dribbling on about marches and protests, these prices were heading this way before any jumped up joe bloggs decided to march or protest - drop this rubbish u speak. on the prices, i went to the basement on saturday past, me and the fork and knife, i had a steak sandwich, she had a curry, + 2 bottles coors, 1 kopperberg and 2 strawberry daquiris and the bill was £43!!!! i thought this was brilliant :) right beside city hall too and its a brilliant spot, well reccomended and not a marcher or a protester inn sight Gerard so you will be ok in there....yawnnnnnnnnnn
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