LQ BID welcomes back hospitality

2nd July 2020

Linen Quarter BID are delighted to welcome the return of hospitality to the District.

The industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. However, the reopening of renowned cafes, bars, restaurants, and hotels provides the opportunity for renewal, offering quality experiences for new and returning customers, whilst still adhering to enhanced hygiene practices.

The Linen Quarter has benefited from substantial investment in recent years, including £150m on hotels and social spaces. The area is rapidly becoming one of the “must visit” destinations in the city and the new home for hospitality.

Hospitality is rooted in the history of the District. Many locations that were once used as linen warehouses in the 19th century, are now populated with bars and restaurants. To support this sense of place LQ BID have produced a new history of the Quarter, which has been made available on its website and on Wikipedia. Many people visit the District for its heritage, and the new research helps bring to life its vibrant identity.

https://linenquarter.org/explore-lq/history-of-the-linen-quarter/ 

The research has highlighted two further defining characteristics that are still relevant today – transport and innovation.

Great Victoria Street has been the main gateway to the City since 1823. With plans to develop a new £225m Transport Hub the Linen Quarter will become even more important for tourists and commuters alike. And the district that derives its name from the innovation of the 19th century Linen Industry, is breaking new ground by attracting international technology, consultancy, and design firms to the area. This hub of outward looking enterprise is complemented by a suite of successful indigenous companies and entrepreneurs.

Manging Director of LQ BID, Chris McCracken commented, “We are delighted to welcome back hotels and hospitality to the Linen Quarter. Their resilient and adaptive spirit has really shone through, and customers can now return with confidence to enjoy one of the most vibrant areas of the city.”

Chris continued, “In the space of just three years the Linen Quarter has arrived as an exciting new destination. It is remarkable to see how the historic themes of hospitality, transport and innovation have re-emerged to play a central role within the contemporary Quarter and are just as important now as they were back in 19th century.”

Please see list below of LQ venues opening on the 3rd July. Any later openings have been highlighted:

Hotels

  • Maldron Hotel Belfast City
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hampton by Hilton
  • Fitzwilliam Hotel
  • Clayton Hotel
  • Grand Central
  • Europa Hotel (hotel bookings cannot be made until 26th August)

Restaurants

  • Zen Belfast
  • Coco
  • Hope Street
  • Nu Dehli

Bars

  • Crown Bar
  • Pug Ugly’s
  • The Perch
  • Sweet Afton
  • Rita’s
  • Filthy McNasty’s

Please note, bookings need to be made directly with each venue.

Takeaways

  • Panama (GAGA Belfast)
  • Bella Vita
  • Boojum
  • Fratelli Belfast
  • James Street (via Hadskis)
  • Joys Inn
  • John Long’s
  • Nando’s

Takeaway services can be viewed here: https://linenquarter.org/news-events/news/enjoy-a-taste-of-lq-home/