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Bar, Pub, British, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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21 Main Street, Hillsborough BT26 6AE, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9268 9233
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meal very good, atmosphere friendly, staff attentive and pleasant.h We had a meal from the specials menu, excellent value. Both menus extensive.

Thank Alice A
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been before and enjoyed meal but my sunday lunch was very disappointing. Beef was chewy and "selection of spring vegetables" consisted of one chunk of carrot and 8 tiny string beans. Potatoes were plentiful, but a variety would be nice. Whilst lemon tart dessert was delicious, i had to ask for fresh cream as advertised, as it came with... More 

Thank shazcoul
Ballywalter, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked the Hillside for a large group of friends after karting at nearby Lyons , everything was well organised for us arriving , the staff were extremely polite and friendly, the food was superb and the atmosphere was great. Will definitely be back and would recommend it to anyone

Thank Simon M
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My husband took me to Hillside for Valentines. It was the usual busy Saturday night! The service was excellent, and the food was out of this world! My husband got the venison, and I had the Ribeye burger, it was simply unbelievable! Compliments to the chef and service staff (which were all fellas) on sat 11th Feb 17. Thank you

Thank 67Princeen
Belfast, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

My wife and I have visited the Hillside twice in the last couple of months with our two daughters. We enjoyed the food and the decor.Staff are friendly and service quite good.On both occasions we asked for slight variations to the Main courses and that was no problem. Will definitely pay a return visit!.

Thank doug56m
Level Contributor
52 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Went for evening meal on a Friday night around 6pm. The food was OK. There were some children in our party and the children's portions were a good size. The adults meals were fine. But the service was not good at all. I read in another review that the service was "haphazard". This is perhaps the best term to use.... More 

Thank sammytheshammy2012
Bangor, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Visited hillside during the week was very disappointed access for a special needs buggy was tight never mind for a wheelchair pork bites starter was overcooked as was the scampi also portions on main course were very small !! Staff were less than interested table was never checked so are plates were left on the table while we got up... More 

Thank Julie G
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Was recommended this establishment by the owner of Duhill Cottage B&B (review to follow) Excellent menu which is not too extensive however there is a good variety on offer. Very rustic on the inside which gives a lovely atmosphere even if dining alone. Staff were all very pleasant and professional. I would advise to book a table in advance as... More 

Thank nige_d
Armagh, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

There are a number of restaurants in Hillsborough and all tend to be busy over the Christmas period. As we were planning a Friday night I thought it prudent to book in advance using the online booking system on their website. Unfortunately the Hillside does not monitor its online bookings so booking online does not work. By the preceding Monday... More 

Thank geoffreytro
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Came here during lunch and was packed with Christmas party's, the staff still managed to accommodate us with a smile, food was everything you wanted it to be, service was slow although can be forgiven due to crowd on the day

Thank irishrambler0188

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 25
Bar, Pub, British, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Main Street, Hillsborough BT26 6AE, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Hillsborough
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9268 9233
The Hillside is a charming, rustic pub situated in the historic Georgian village of Hillsborough, County Down, only 15 minutes drive from Belfast city centre. The Hillside first opened its doors to patrons in 1752 and has been enjoying a busy trade ever since thanks to our excellent food and drinks selection and our friendly, welcoming service. We are renowned for our roaring open fires in the winter and our pretty cobble stoned beer garden in the summer.

Food served daily. Large parties catered for. Private room available.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?