A Second Look at Bull & Ram in Ballynahinch

Launched on the 24th February, the new Bull and Ram menu was simply another excuse to go to our new favourite haunt in Ballynahinch. I’ve previously written about our first visit in my other blog here and if you’ve read it you’ll understand just how much I love this place. I’m a sucker for pretty decor and as the setting for the restaurant is an Edwardian butcher shop, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere more apt to enjoy your dinner!

With a passion for local produce you will find many a local beer, cider (Kilmegan) and gin (including Jawbox and Shortcross) on their drinks menu not to mention the world famous Hannan Meats which are dry-aged in a Himalayan salt chamber for extra awesomeness.

Before You Start

We were treated to a sharing platter from the lovely Manager – Daryl comprising Homemade pork scratching with apple sauce, Crispy whitebait with tartare sauce, pate and my personal favourite deep fried shin or ‘little balls of happiness’ as we called them.

The Starter

Hands up I was a bit gutted the Scallops Rockafeller was no longer on the menu but it meant we were at least tempted to try something different! Chris opted for crispy squid, Corndale Farm chorizo & sweetcorn stew with chilli mayo which had just the right amount of batter. The mayo was particularly tasty.

I, on the other hand opted for the Chicken Wings which were spicey and also fried, so a little bit different to your standard ‘hot wing’.

The Main Event

Who are we kidding here – it couldn’t be anything but steak. Last time we opted for the 28 day aged ribeye but this time we pushed the boat out and paid an extra £4 for the 44 day  aged ribeye. This stuff really is the best. Across the table we shared beef dripping chips, what little sweet potato fries Chris was willing to share (maybe 3) and of course my beloved garlic chestnut mushrooms. .

Even if you don’t make it to Bull and Ram (which I strongly suggest you do obviously), Hannan Meats have a butcher shop in Moira where you can purchase their famous meats including Gelnarm Shorthorn Beef and if it’s good enough for Fortnum & Mason, it’s good enough for me!

As well as regular meal sittings Bull & Ram offer a Sunday ‘Toast to the Roast’ Lunch served with a glass of wine for just £15.95 and a special 4-8-4 menu Monday – Saturday (£4 starter – £8 main – £4 dessert) 12-5pm. This place really does have a warm and welcoming atmosphere and I 100% recommend you give Bull and Ram a go. If they did a black card I would have to be forced out with a crowbar!

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