Coleraine Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Coleraine

August 31, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Coleraine (/koʊlˈreɪn/; from Irish Cúil Rathain, meaning 'nook of the ferns' [kuːlʲ ˈɾˠahɪnʲ]) is a large town and civil parish near the mouth of the River Bann in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It is 55 miles (88.5 km) northwest of Belfast and 30 miles (48.3 km) east of Derry, both of which are linked by major roads and railway connections. It is part of Causeway Coast and Glens district.
Things to do in Coleraine

1. Water Margin

The Boat House 1 Hanover Place, Coleraine BT52 1EB, Northern Ireland (Formerly water margin) Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Chinese, Asian, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$55 - HK$196 +44 28 7034 2222
Excellent
55%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 362 reviews

Water Margin

Reviewed By Mitzi P - Coleraine

Went here tonight for a family meal. Great service and great food. We had the 3 courses for the price of the main course which was a great deal but actually it's 4 courses for the price of the main as tea and coffee is also included. None of us could finish at all as portion sizes are very generous ! The manager Rhonda and her team couldn't have done enough for us. One suggestion though....... What about a cheeky glass of wine or beer instead of one of the courses...just saying ;-)

2. Indus Valley

4 Riverside Park East, Dunhill Rd, Coleraine, Northern Ireland Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 28 7035 4242
Excellent
61%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 306 reviews

Indus Valley

Reviewed By Kearnso - Cookstown, United Kingdom

We ate in here as a happy accident! Yokos was too busy so we tried here instead and we were happy we did! Food was amazing!nicest Indian I've ever had.staff were friendly and welcoming and reasonably priced!i left happy with a smile on my face and a full belly

3. New Society

54 New Row, Coleraine BT52 1AF, Northern Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$16 - HK$86 +44 28 7032 1699
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

New Society

Double Award Winning Cafe’ Bistro Open Mon-Sat from 8am Open Sundays From 10.30am New Society‘The quality of food and service can match any Café bistro in London or Dublin and is an incredible asset to Coleraine.”

Reviewed By Mary K - Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Came across this tranquil little restaurant on a day out we will really quite hungry and decided this looked really nice.
Inside is quiet friendly and very busy so that was a good sign.
Their menu is varied and have daily specials, we decide on a cooked breakfast which didn't disappear the food was fresh and of a quality it was delicious their tea was some of the nicest I have tasted.
Friendly staff they were so attentive I would recommend this place how highly.
Pricing was a little expensive but as I said it was of a very high standard.

4. Wee Cottage

Ballytober Road | Coleraine, Coleraine BT57 8UY, Northern Ireland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

Wee Cottage

Reviewed By Emma E - The Netherlands

A wonderfully kitsch and terribly quaint cottage just opposite Dunluce Castle. Asides from making a great pitstop on a rainy visit to the castle it serves delicious cakes and various other food items. I tried 3 cakes and all were yummy. The open hearth was very welcome on a cold day! My friend also bought a woolly hat as it sells some gift items.
Nice staff.

5. Elliot's Bistro

The Lodge Hotel | Lodge Road, Coleraine BT52 1NF, Northern Ireland Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards British, Healthy, European, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$86 - HK$275 +44 28 7034 4848
Excellent
56%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 150 reviews

Elliot's Bistro

Elliot's Bistro has earned itself a well deserved reputation for its good quality food! Fresh, locally sourced produce has been an important part of the way we've done business since well before it became trendy! Elliot's offers a wide range of classic and contemporary dishes, a large choice of wines and cocktails, friendly staff and good value for money. We always have a good selection of vegetarian and gluten free dishes on offer and can cater for a wide range of other dietary requirements. We also serve Celia Organic Gluten Free beer. A buffet lunch proves popular each lunchtime, and with entertainment at weekends, it is definitely the place to be whether for a quiet business lunch or 'a good nights craic' on the Causeway Coast!

Reviewed By Don I - Belfast, United Kingdom

The Sunday carvery is a very good experience here. Unlike many other places you can have just the main course if that's all you want. The food is well prepared and served with a smile. The staff are welcoming and friendly and the atmosphere is...MoreThank you for your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your Sunday Carvery at the Lodge Hotel and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

6. Homemade Cafe

9 Railway Road, Coleraine BT52 1PD, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Irish, Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 28 7035 1150
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Homemade Cafe

Reviewed By kathryng14 - Londonderry

Stopped into this little cafe for a first last week - great choice! Brilliant menu on offer and plenty to choose from, from sandwiches, toasties to hot food and vegetarian options. Friendly welcome from all working on the floor. When the food came - thumbs up from all!! Very tasty and will definitely be back!!

7. Rocca

11-15 Bridge Street, Coleraine BT52 1DR, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Irish, Cafe, European, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 28 7035 6030
Excellent
59%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Rocca

Reviewed By Bry B - Belfast, United Kingdom

Popped in just after 2pm and the lunch time crowd was just thinning out. We only wanted drinks and scones which was fine unless you wanted the Raspberry and coconut ones. They were obviously either very popular or in short supply. Not a problem we still had a choice of plain, cherry, fruit or walnut, so we were well served.
We didn't sample the hot food but it looked very appetising from those dishes we saw on the way past.
Note the regular coffee would be a small in my book and I saw no evidence of free refills mentioned by another reviewer. But it was a pleasant refreshment stop nonetheless.

8. Starbucks

1 Kingsgate Street, Coleraine BT52 1LB, Northern Ireland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +44 28 7035 9788
Excellent
45%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
11%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Starbucks

Reviewed By 1_mth_1 - Belfast, United Kingdom

Been here a few times now and the same issues are apparent. Good = The usual and predicted Starbucks franchise so you know what to expect. Friendly staff. Bad = a bad or missing plan for table cleaning and plate collection. I noted five or...MoreHi there, We appreciate you taking the time to review our Coleraine store. We have passed your comments onto the manager to address. If you would like to discuss it with us further, please email [email protected] Kind Regards, Starbucks Team

9. Marthas House

6 Abbey Street, Coleraine BT52 1DS, Northern Ireland Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
52%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Marthas House

Reviewed By reds1 - N.Ireland

I'm a regular in this coffee shop, mainly because they serve the best scones in Coleraine. Their coffee is also top notch, not too strong like some of the more well known chains of coffee shops. Another favourite are their toasted sandwiches, very tasty with crisps and salad on the side. They have a loyalty card so I usually get a free coffee once a month.
The only slight criticism I have is that some of the staff could do with injecting a little enthusiasm into their work. They can barely raise a smile some days, it can be a bit off putting at times. Having said that, there is one lady who works most days (her name escapes me, dark plaited hair) and she is always very pleasant and chatty, her co-workers could do with a few lessons!

10. Whoosh

1 Bellhouse Lane, Coleraine BT52 1ED, Northern Ireland Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Thai, Vietnamese, Fast Food, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +44 7988 842497
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Whoosh

Thai & Vietnamese food.

Reviewed By Jellybellydancer - Burscough, United Kingdom

I'm not a big fan of sandwiches for lunch, so Whoosh sounded perfect for a light lunch while passing through Coleraine.
The menu is not extensive, but it still wasn't easy to choose; i ended up with chicken fried rice, Daughter 1 had beef and broccoli noodles and Daughter 2 had chicken satay skewers. After ordering, we took a seat at one of the tables. It is very 'no frills'; no cutlery, napkins or condiments on the table, they all come with the food, which is in generously sized take-away boxes.
I cannot fault the food, it was delicious. It tasted fresh and not at all greasy like some takeaways can. Best of all, when we were full, we simply fastened the boxes and took them with us for later...
We enjoyed it so much that we stopped of again a few days later ad I the most authentic Thai curry I've had outside Thailand. I only wish I lived closer!

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