Our Story

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.

Nowdays things are a little different around here. The Morning Star is a family owned and run traditional bar and restaurant in the heart of the city centre. We provide everything from a buffet lunch to the top end gourmet Beef Club that often showcases the best of what our little country has to offer. We strive to support local farmers, growers, producers and hope that this only enhances our offering.

Our food is freshly sourced and grown locally wherever possible with an emphasis on championing the great produce and artisan foods from our wee country. For example we run a beef club in our restaurant that strives to provide a unique dining experience for our customers.

We support sustainable farming techniques and have ethically reared grass fed beef all year round for our customers we also source the best beef from the top sales in Ulster. We ensure that we provide our customers with the best quality food produce from the likes of Great Taste Award Winners, Ballyblue and Oakwood Smoked from Fivemiletown Creamery, Young Buck Blue Cheese from Mike's Fancy Cheese Newtownards, black and white pudding from Gracehill Farm, free range hens eggs from Cavanaghs in Fermanagh.

We don't stop there either, we ensure we source locally with our drinks too, we find that these are increasingly popular with the tourist trade as well as local punters. Some examples of the award winning drink selection are Belfast's Suki Tea, SD Bell Coffee, Armagh Cider's Carsons Crisp as well as Whitewater Brewery's Maggies Leap and Belfast Ale.

On top of this we grow our own herbs and veggies in our 'Morning Star Kitchen Garden in Belfast to ensure we have a daily supply of pesticide free seasonal produce.  


Our ethos is farm to fork, however we work in food meters not miles!

From the Press

Joris Minne, Belfast Telegraph

“The staff here are among the elite in Belfast. This is bar staff as special land forces, an active service unit that prides itself on its appearance, its rapid response and its unfailing professionalism.”


Table Talk, Sunday Life

“It's morning glory for the five star watering hole voted Best Gastro Pub in County Anrtim, this old school boozer has bags of charm and warmth as well as an excellent food men.”


Belfast Travels Blogger


“I think the Morning Star summed up ‘Northern Ireland’  very well, from things like growing its own organic herbs and salads to working with top NI producers and suppliers.”