The Muddlers Club


Tucked away in the historic back streets of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, this seasonal tasting menu restaurant delivers punchy flavours and beautiful presentation


There’s plenty of history to be found at this trendy fine dining restaurant. Inconspicuously tucked away in the back streets of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, The Muddlers Club is named after a revolutionary secret society linked to the United Irishmen who met there more than 200 years ago.

Its setting may be historic, but there’s nothing archaic about this contemporary bistro and cocktail bar. One of a handful of more radical restaurants to have opened in the Northern Ireland capital in the last decade, The Muddlers Club eschews the conventional formality of fine dining in favour of a more casual approach that combines high-quality cooking with a modernist interior that features atmospheric lighting, a moody colour palette and a buzzy open kitchen.

Leading the kitchen is head chef and owner Gareth McCaughey, who originally trained as a pastry chef and previously spent two years as sous chef at Belfast’s Michelin-starred OX restaurant. With an emphasis of good, local ingredients, McCaughey hand picks the best of home grown produce daily to ensure the quality of each dish served across the restaurant’s multi-course tasting menu. The cooking is deceptively simple with punchy flavours and beautiful presentation, and it’s complemented by an impressive drinks list that’s influenced by Northern Ireland-based producers and makers – meaning a strong focus on local beer.

Since opening its doors back in 2015, The Muddlers Club has won numerous accolades including a commendation in the Irish Food and Wine Awards 2018. It’s not hard to understand why, this is edgy and exciting dining that’s impossible to ignore.