In July 2016, Crumlin Road Gaol opened its new licensed restaurant Cuffs Bar & Grill. The new restaurant, which created 30 jobs, is a welcome addition to Belfast's blossoming restaurant scene and the North Belfast hospitality industry.
Opened in the NI Year of Food and Drink, which celebrates the quality and creativity in the industry, the new restaurant at Crumlin Road Gaol prides itself on keeping it local. Head Chef Damian Blaney ensures that all ingredients are fresh and sourced locally. He has developed a good relationship with small independent suppliers such as Ewings, Belfast's oldest fishmongers and Dromore meat suppliers, Carnbrooke Meats. Damian and his team make the best of the seasons and have worked hard to create a menu which includes something for all.
Cuffs is for everyone - locals and tourists alike. Managing Director of Crumlin Road Gaol, Kieran Quinn, "The building itself is a local landmark, and one of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting Belfast. We look forward to welcoming guests in for a taste of Cuffs Bar & Grill as we are sure the restaurant and the locally inspired and sourced menus will become well-known with the local area."
Cuffs Bar & Grill opens daily from 12pm – 9pm and aims to boost Northern Ireland's food and drink reputation by putting it at the heart of the tourism experience.
Experienced, knowledgable, passionate. Our Head Chef Damian Blaney brings new, exciting food to Cuffs Bar & Grill using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and innovation.
Damian's career began in a well-known local inn at Crawfordsburn where he developed the basic skills of his trade. He then moved to Switzerland to broaden his experience, working in Restaurant au Premier as pastry chef.
He continued to travel with a move to the West Indies where he worked in the glamorous Montpelier Plantation.
When he returned to Northern Ireland Damian took up a post with Compass Group in the Northern Ireland Assembly before taking over the kitchen in Cultra Manor.
Now head chef at Cuffs Bar & Grill Damian enjoys working under pressure and has a particular interest in teaching and developing the skills of young chefs. He has created menus which includes something for everyone.
View our wonderful menus - available to download online.