A Belfast restaurant has been named as one of the ‘hottest’ places to eat in the world.

Ox was listed among the world’s ‘hot restaurants’ by prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveller.

The Oxford Street restaurant is in a select group with just eight other eateries in major cities around the world including Milan, New York and Buenos Aires.

It is the latest accolade for Ox, which won a Michelin star in September, along with Deane’s EIPIC.

Condé Nast Traveller said of Ox: “The dining room may look sparse (whitewashed walls; chunky wooden tables) but there’s a warm glow created by big bunches of fresh flowers, happy diners and on-it staff brimming with Belfast wit.

“Come at lunchtime for scallops and daube of beef. Or wait until evening, when the Beacon of Hope sculpture lights up the riverfront outside.

“Order a pre-dinner snifter from the special gin menu, then get stuck into seriously good-looking dishes of hay-baked celeriac with garlic and sorrel, and pigeon with chestnut and coffee.”

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