Michelin starred chef to open new restaurant at £250m redevelopment project in Belfast

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is to open a restaurant at Belfast Harbour’s City Quays, developers have confirmed.

The Michelin starred chef is 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 the city’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 restaurant is expected to open along with the hotel in early 2018 and will be called ‘Jean-Christophe Novelli at City Quays’.

Graeme Johnston, property director of Belfast Harbour, said the restaurant represented a coup for the city.

“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,” he said.