by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Belfast’s 5-star Merchant Hotel has rolled out the green carpet to welcome golf fans from around the world this week. In celebration of The 148th Open, the iconic Belfast hotel is pulling out all the stops with a range of events and initiatives that provide a taste of Belfast hospitality with a twist for those visiting for the tournament, or who want a slice of the action in the city.

All week, the hotel’s concierges have been donned in traditional Plus Fours, with a special green carpet rolled out to welcome guests. A special Afternoon ‘Tee’ in The Great Room Restaurant is serving up a selection of new golf-themed patisseries. Berts Jazz Bar is offering both à la carte and set dining menu options with live jazz every night.  Guests can also enjoy The Great Room Restaurant’s new 6-course tasting menu for £45 per person for the ultimate evening dining experience.  Berts is hosting a series of Irish Gin events, with an arrival cocktail, followed by guided tastings with guest ambassadors, plus a Gin and Tonic masterclass for £25 per person, culminating in a final event on Thursday 18th July.

The Cocktail Bar is also hosting a series of daily Scotch whisky tasting sessions, led by The Merchant’s in-house whisky expert, who has carefully chosen the finest whisky for an unforgettable experience.

Tickets include a tasting flight of three exquisite whiskies, priced £60 per person. For further information, visit or call 028 9023 4888.

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Michael Shiels, Concierge, The Merchant Hotel with the hotel’s special Afternoon ‘Tee’ in The Merchant’s Great Room


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