One of the world’s best-known and most successful chefs is to take the helm of Belfast Harbour’s brand new hotel and signature restaurant development at City Quays, it was confirmed today.
Belfast Harbour said multi-Michelin-starred and 5 out of 5 AA Rosette award-winning chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has chosen City Quays to open his first and only restaurant on the island of Ireland, which will form part of the new £25 million Marriott Hotel.
The four-star AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast is Belfast’s newest waterfront hotel development which will feature the landmark 104-seat restaurant, as well as bar, lounge, gym, meeting rooms and almost 190 luxury bedrooms.
The stunning new restaurant will open its doors once the hotel is completed in the first quarter of 2018 as ‘Jean-Christophe Novelli at City Quays’.
Featuring a double height glazed façade with waterfront views across Belfast Lough, the exclusive restaurant will offer a brasserie menu with all the French flair associated with the UK and Ireland’s favourite French chef.
Novelli will be in Belfast next month to reveal more details about his plans.
Graeme Johnston, Property Director of Belfast Harbour, said:
“Recognised across the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond, Jean-Christophe Novelli is a true champion of high quality, down-to-earth and innovative menu combinations and his decision to choose City Quays, and Belfast, is a testament to the success of our development plans for this key city centre site and the strong demand for great hospitality and the vibrancy of our visitor economy.”
“Strategically located, this exciting new restaurant is great news for the local economy and will provide a welcome addition to Belfast and Northern Ireland’s strong hospitality, leisure and tourism offer.”
“It’s a real coup for Belfast and I look forward to an outstanding first year when our hotel opens its doors in 2018.”
A European Chef of the Year finalist representing Great Britain, recipient of the prestigious Egon Ronay Dessert of the Year award and voted Chef’s Chef of the Year by his peers, his Novelli Academy has been voted one of the Top 25 Cooking Academies in the World, which he still owns and performs his own demonstrations.
City Quays is Belfast’s newest and most modern mixed-use regeneration project, providing Grade A office space, a hotel, retail, cafés and restaurants, in addition to new residential accommodation on the key city centre waterfront site.
More than £250 million has been earmarked for investment across the 20-acre site.