Belfast - City-Centre


McHughs Bar & Restaurant

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McHughs Bar & Restaurant
29 – 31 Queen’s Square

We run our wine tastings and wine courses in a quiet private room on the top floor of this historic city-centre pub.

The Wine Education Service has been running wine tastings, wine tasting courses and weekend wine workshops in London for 20 years and in Belfast for 7 years.

We offer thoughtfully designed courses, which will help you extend your knowledge of the wines of the world, sharpen up your taste buds and become more confident about buying, storing and serving wine and matching it with food.

Many wine tastings and wine tasting courses are run by wine merchants. Nothing wrong with that. It’s a great way to get potential customers into their stores and promote sales of their wines.

We are not wine merchants. We don’t sell wine. We are not paid by any wine merchant to promote their wines.

So, at our wine tastings and on our wine courses, you will never come under any pressure to buy wine.

Our course tutor is Richard James, who has been in the wine business for over 25 years.


Richard James tasting wine

RJ tasting at Domaine Madeloc (Banyuls-sur-mer, France), pretending to be serious (slightly).


He lives in Northern Ireland and has also lived in France and Manchester, where he ran WES courses for several years. He is a writer, web publisher, translator and wine tutor and has passed the Master of Wine exams (but not the dissertation!).

His blogs are at, where you will find many producer profiles, wine recommendations and features.

So, if you are interested in wine, come and meet like-minded people and enjoy tasting and learning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our programme of wine tastings and wine courses in Belfast over the next few months is as follows:-

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  • please contact us at 020 8991 8212/3