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The Lighthouse Bistro

🎁 Christmas at The Lighthouse Bistro 🎁

Our Christmas Menu consists of three courses over lunch and evening service and is available to book throughout December. We invite you to bring a bottle, sit back and enjoy time well spent with family and friends! You can view our Christmas Menu by scrolling down to the photos section of this page. It is also available to view on our Facebook page.

For bookings and enquiries, please call 07769274472.

🌊 Taste the Island Experience 😎

Sea Kayaking Food Tour

Kayak around Blackhead Lighthouse and The Gobbins Cliff Walk with qualified instructor Anne. Finish your sea journey with a delicious  lunch at the Bistro. £55 pp. Bookings now live;



Nestled along the coast between Carrickfergus Castle and the Gobbins Cliff Path, The Lighthouse Bistro is situated just off Victorian Whitehead's colourful promenade. 

The Lighthouse Bistro is a small, cosy, award winning family run restaurant which makes everything from scratch including its own pasta, breads and smokes and pickles a range of local produce too. You can expect to find local cheeses, seafood, coffee and a range of meat dishes such as smoked pork belly and steaks on the menu. Enjoy music every Wednesday with Daryl McCabe during lunch service. 

The Bistro holds various events throughout the year. Dates are announced here and via social media. We are unlicenced but you may bring a bottle!

Our menu is subject to change. We regularly have daily lunch and evening specials on offer. 

Sea you all soon!



Bistro Menu

Dessert Menu

Vegan Menu

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The Lighthouse Bistro

2 Marine Avenue, Whitehead, Carrickfergus, BT38 9QW

028 9337 2447



Tuesday to Saturday 12-14


Thursday to Saturday 17 - 21

Monday & Sunday - closed.

Booking recommended.

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The Food Awards NI 2019

We were thrilled to be Highly Commended in the overall Customers Choice Award at the Food Awards NI this year! Thanks so much everyone!


Sunday Life

'A star is born. The Lighthouse Bistro has it all!' 

Great review from TableTalk in the Sunday Life 3 months after opening (October 2018). 


Taste of Ulster

We are proud to be a Taste of Ulster member and use local produce where possible! We passed our mystery inspection with a 97% pass rate. 

Team Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Bistro Team


 Having worked for over 30 years in the business, Chef Joni's food obsession leads to a dining experience based on fresh, seasonal and made from scratch plates.   

Our staff are dedicated to providing a relaxing and welcoming dining experience and look forward to meeting you!

Special Events and Catering


Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event or meet your outside catering requirements!

Changing and Set Menues - Seasonal and Local


Look out for our changing seasonal menues which take advantage of the amazing produce growing and available in these lands! We also provide a set menu experience. Please get in touch for further info. Feedback on our menu is always welcome.