Derry’s Browns restaurants are nominated in Michelin Guide

Head Chef Ian Orr serving up Prawns on Katiafa Pastry and Venison Pasta at Brown's Restaurant, Bond's Hill, yesterday afternoon. 2202JM48
Head Chef Ian Orr serving up Prawns on Katiafa Pastry and Venison Pasta at Brown's Restaurant, Bond's Hill, yesterday afternoon. 2202JM48

Two Derry restaurants have been nominated in the new Michelin guide due to be released next year.

They are Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, Bonds Hill & Browns in Town, while their sister restaurant Browns in Letterkenny has been recommended as a new entry.

Chef Ian Orr says the reason for this is that Browns continue to strive to deliver on quality local produce and maintain the highest level of service while offering their customers ‘value for money’.

“With a growing foodie population in Derry City we understand the importance of creating ‘excellence as standard’ but giving our customers the opportunity to dine at an affordable price,” he said.

“We are honoured to be the only two restaurants in Derry City to be included in the prestigious guide.

“We would like to thank all our staff and customers for your continued support of Browns.

“Although our ethos is to provide excellent food and service we pride ourselves in giving ‘great value’ for money and promise to continue to do so through our Autumn menus.”

Beginning on Monday of next week Browns will be celebrating Restaurant Week.

From October 12 -18 all four Browns restaurants will be celebrating and giving customers something back as a thank you.

Based in the Waterside, Browns Restaurant and Champagne lounge (established in 2009) has gained a reputation for excellent food, genuine hospitality and unpretentious service.

The critics have not only established it as the best restaurant in the North West but placed it among the best in Ireland.

Head Chef Ian Orr is renowned for his dedication to fresh seasonal produce and support of local suppliers, and visitors keen to experience the best the area has to offer will not be disappointed.

A carefully considered range of menus is offered, including an à la carte lunch, a set 2/3 course pre-theatre menu, à la carte dinner and a dedicated vegetarian menu.

Sunday lunch and a Six Course Tasting menu have more recently been introduced with optional wine pairings.

All showcase local ingredients and are keenly priced without compromising on quality in any way – lunch, for example, offers six equally tempting dishes on each course with starters from under £5 and mains including a daily special at just £8.50; classics like Brown’s fish stew with tomato and fennel broth, Cetrone olive oil and grilled bread earn their popularity, and textbook perfect risotto – butternut squash, for example, with parmesan, spinach & sautéed mushrooms – is as delicious as it sounds.

Browns in Town brings the Browns brand of fine dining to the city side of Derry in a spacious restaurant on the Strand Road.

Browns in Town is open Monday – Saturday 12:30pm – late and Sunday 4pm – 8:30pm

To find out more about Browns Restaurant Week and to find out about the menus at the restaurants in Derry, Letterkenny and Maghera go to website www.brownsrestaurant.com or by telephoning 71345180

You can also take a virtual tour of each of the restaurants on the website.