As if the Ulster Museum doesn’t have enough history to offer within its walls and glass cases, its Wynne & Pym café – named after the two architects who designed the museum, is now serving up a refreshed menu of timeless and local classics with a hint of international influence.
Open from 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday, the contemporary café overlooks the scenic Botanic Gardens and is ideal for a little bit of respite after a busy afternoon of discovery next door. The café has a range of hot and cold foods ranging from freshly baked pastries to salads, soups and sausage rolls. Although this all sounds rather homely, it is the local produce that helps to elevate these dishes and make the café yet another foodie destination on the tourist trail and one Belfast can be proud of. Armagh apples, Comber potatoes, Belfast baps and Ballyrashane butter are just some stand-alone ingredients that are sure to delight locals and visitors alike.
These, alongside other well-known producers such as Bailies Roasted Coffee, Suki Tea, Hilden Brewery, Ballymaloe Relish, Ewings Seafood and more make for quite the eclectic menu. Whilst there are plenty of native favourites available; Traditional Irish Stew, Belfast Bap sandwiches and Irish Pork Sausage rolls, there is still plenty of menu items to inspire. A current array of Mediterranean salads for a light lunch and a more hearty spicy chickpea curry that sits on the same menu suggests Wynne & Pym are just getting started on their mission to provide museum goers and the discerning public with the very best of Belfast – and beyond.
Author: Anna Louise Crockard
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New food experience at Ulster Museum celebrates historic building’s creators. Marking six months since the Ulster Museum’s new restaurant opened, Northern Ireland produce continues to take centre stage as the Museum unveils the new menu in its destination restaurant, Wynne & Pym. Named after John Cumming Wynne, the architect of the original museum building and Frances Pym, who designed the Brutalist-style extension in 1972, Wynne & Pym will have modern menu options beautifully displayed. The newly-styled café, with views of the Botanic Gardens, is a new addition to Belfast’s dining scene, open to museum visitors and local diners alike. The Ulster Museum has an expanded menu and the provision of a sustainable, high-quality food offering, reflecting the superb produce available within Northern Ireland. Visitors to Wynne & Pym at the Ulster Museum, as well as the Ballycultra Tearooms at the Ulster Folk Museum and Midland Tearooms at the Ulster Transport Museum, has a range of dining choices, reflecting changing tastes for a modern, health-conscious menu, alongside traditional dishes. From the morning offer of fresh scones and pastries to the lunchtime menu of ‘Made in our Kitchen’ big bowl salads, deli meats and quiches, foodies will not leave hungry. Throughout the day, quality coffee is served, roasted only a few miles away by Belfast-based Bailies Coffee Roasters. Other local and artisan suppliers include Suki Tea, Daily Bake, Pattons Bakery, Keenan Seafoods, Erin Grove Jams and Preserve, and Bakery by Around Noon while homegrown produce supplied by Arnotts Fruit. Chris Chidley, Managing Director of Compass Group Ireland, said: “Since we began our foodservice partnership with Ulster Museum last May, we have served over 40,000 guests in the Wynne and Pym café. We now employ 25 people in the café, where healthy options using fresh local produce are at the core of our customer offering. As part of our commitment to sustainability and quality, we are working with local coffee roaster Bailies Coffee to ensure a superior coffee experience for all guests. #lovebelfast #inganorvilyte #foodie #belfast #wynneandpym #cafe #niblogger #northernireland