The Morning Star
THE HISTORY OF
Way back then...
Our two story building situated in Pottingers Entry a narrow cobbled entry running between two of the city centre’s busiest thoroughfares. We are one of Belfast’s oldest pubs dating back as far as 1810 first built as a coaching stop for the Belfast to Dublin post.
The Morning Star name is said to come from the nickname the boys who worked at the old mail coach depot called the building as it was their first point of call of the day usually as the rest of Belfast was still asleep and all that guided them were gas lamps, the moon and stars.
The listed building we occupy has been carefully restored, retaining it’s unique architectural features. However we have come a long way from 1892 when the property was acquired by James McEntee and Henry McKenna, two publicans who also owned pubs in the area around Castle Street. The property was recorded as a "Licensed House" and had been increased in value to £65.
The Morning Star narrowly survived the Belfast Blitz of 1941 whilst many neighbouring building on High Street and Bridge Street were levelled.
Proudly owned and operated by the McAlister family since 1988. We are extremely proud to have been nominated and won a number of awards for our food and drinks services over the past few years.
Our team are highly trained and thrive on providing an outstanding service to all of our customers on a daily basis.
Pop by for a burger or a pint. We can't wait to meet you.