Welcome to

Brunels Restaurant

An award-winning restaurant in the heart of Newcastle, County Down providing fresh, local, seasonal cuisine. "good food from the heart."

Originally opened in 2014, Brunels quickly established an outstanding reputation for service and fine dining. Due to exceptional customer demand, we opened our new 70-seater restaurant with a brand new state-of-the-art kitchen in central Newcastle in October 2017. Our head chef and director Paul Cunningham alongside co-director Fiona Davey aim to continue to provide fantastic food and service to our ever growing customer base.



Focusing on bold and creative gourmet dishes, Brunel’s use only the freshest regionally sourced ingredients to create dishes that both challenge and inspire, showcasing seasonal local fayre at its very best.

It is our mission to deliver exceptional quality, reasonably priced dishes, served in a relaxed environment by professional but friendly staff.

Brunel's Restaurant

Vegan Menu

Head Chef

Paul Cunningham

As far back as he can remember, Paul always wanted to work with local, seasonal, fresh produce. He was inspired from a very early age by his grandfather, and Paul still has fond memories of his role model teaching him about respecting the landscape, about using the earth to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, and about the best spots on his doorstep to selectively forage the wonderful shellfish,

sea vegetables and herbs that were readily available, if you knew where to look. It is these formative early memories of time spent outdoors with his grandfather that has had a very positive impact on his style of ingredients-led cuisine, for which he is known today.



The Story of

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Born in 1806, Isambard Brunel became one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history, building dockyards, railways and steamships but some of the most iconic bridges ever seen, the Clifton Suspension Bridge & the Maidenhead Railway Bridge. Among his most notable designs were the three steam powered, iron hulled ships, which transformed the face of naval transportation, the SS Great Western, the SS Great Britain and the SS Great Eastern. When the SS Great Britain was launched in 1843, she was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. The story goes that Brunel himself arrived at the coast to oversee the resurrection of the ship from the dangerous tides of Dundrum Bay and whilst staying in the Dundrum Hotel he fell in love with the scenic coastal area

and decided to stay for a significant time after the ship was rescued. The SS Great Britain was returned to service and continued on to spend the next 30 years transporting emigrants to Australia, bulk transportation of coal to the Falkland Islands and then eventually was brought back to her native shores to be restored and can this day be seen in Bristol Floating Harbour and it’s anchor can be seen proudly on display at the Harbour in Newcastle, Co Down. Chef Paul Cunningham, like Brunel, is considered to be a great revolutionary of his industry, as with fervour and devotion, he incorporates the foraged, natural wild ingredients of Dundrum Bay into all his dishes providing a delectable culinary experience.


32 Downs Road Newcastle Co. Down BT33 0AG UK

028 4372 3951