Second Time in Tara Lodge
After visiting an old and derelict family home in the Sperrin Mountains, we headed to Belfast for a night. I had originally planned to stay in a particular chain hotel overlooking the Lagan/Titanic Museum. We duly arrived at said hotel, without a reservation, about 6pm. The receptionist was a tad curt and not overly friendly. We enquired about restaurants for dinner but were told we wouldn't get a booking anywhere due to it being a Saturday and with Covid restrictions. We were also told that we would have to have breakfast at 8.30 as that was the only time slot they had left.
Not impressed, I then remembered staying in Tara Lodge about 15-20 years ago. We drove the short distance there and were greeted by a very friendly and helpful young lady at reception. We asked about somewhere to have dinner, conveying what the other receptionist had told us, and she just said that was not the case. Instead, she gave a list of recommendations and we chose the Nepalese at the end of the road. The receptionist booked us a table for 8pm. We were told breakfast was served until 10.30 and that we could just come down at whatever time suited.
We were given Room 3 on the first floor which was overlooking the street at the front. The room was a decent size, had a large comfy bed, and a spotless bathroom with lovely toiletries.
I have to mention again the Nepalese restaurant. What a gem. Thoroughly recommend it if you like Nepalese/Indian food. The meal was delicious and the service fantastic. The owner is quite a character and even gave us a 15% discount as we were staying at Tara Lodge.
Slept very well after that - no noise whatsoever from the street in front. Went down to breakfast just before 10am and only had to wait a few minutes before being seated. We were given a full menu and chose pastries, porridge, and a cooked breakfast. Coffee/juice refills were frequent, and we were served by a very pleasant gentleman.
After breakfast we had a walk around the Botanic Gardens/Queens University which is very close by.
All in all, a very enjoyable stay at Tara Lodge. Great location, well-appointed rooms, scrummy breakfast, and great staff. Hopefully, it won’t be another 15 years before I am back.
Reviewed: September 10, 2020