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The Old Schoolhouse Inn

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100 Ballydrain Road | Castle Espie, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9754 1182
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:30 - 20:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are small portions of food, over priced. The staff are not excellent as they should be. The service is slow, they do not bring you water when you ask them to. One waitress banged the plates down off the table before setting them down which was very annoying. And she did not apologise. I would not rush back here.

Thank Honest B
Belfast, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love him or hate him....Will Brown can cook. I for one did not warm to his personality on either the Great British Menu or the abortive one-off local TV showing him "foraging" for local produce, smoking fags in his kitchen and dismissing food critics that he invited to his own premises. Anyway being a Chef requires a certain temperament so... More 

7 Thank TheFlashingBlade66
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A restaurant which has evolved with time and the generations. Lovely food, beautifully presented and served by friendly attentive staff. My son chatted to the sommelier about Italian wines and chose and enjoyed a wine he would have otherwise overlooked. We are looking forward to our next visit.

1 Thank Ian_McK44
Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I regularly eat in this superb restaurant on the outskirts of Killinchy. On Thurs. 10th Nov. we had a wonderful evening of fine food, wine tasting and live music. Each delightful dish was delicately presented and accompanied by a splendid wine. Wines were analysed in detail by humorous Dennis. Background music by Finbar created a relaxing ambience... More 

1 Thank Weston2013
Saintfield, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Will Brown produces food that looks good, tastes good and is very good, Value for money with lots of local produce incorporated in the menu. I attended the winter wine and tasting menu event......it was just ace. Having accommodation as part of the family run business,,,,,provides a complete package without any worry about lifts/taxis etc. Popping in for lunch is... More 

Thank Capt007Pugwash
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

After hearing the Old Schoolhouse had for the second year in a row been awarded a Michelen Bib Gourmand. The menu was small but well chosen and well presented including novel and creative choices form the vegetarian menu. Staff were attentive and recommended some nice wine choices. Only slight downside was the temperature in the restaurant which was unbearably hot... More 

Thank NeilByrne
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We booked the whole of the back part of the restaurant as we had a party of 23 to celebrate my father in laws 90th birthday. It was laid out in a large square so everybody was able to see each other and talk to each other as well. We were allowed to decorate the room and take our own... More 

Thank DuncanandKaren
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Dinner for two. I have been to the Old School House a number of times and can't help feeling it has lost its way. I note the Old front of house manager has left and I think this has resulted in a definite drop in the usual standards. We walked in and a staff member firstly ignored us for around... More 

3 Thank Owenhblair
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We went for Sunday lunch and it was fantastic! The chef sent breads out with a selection of butters, they were beautiful. I had the venison starter that came with lovely pickled veg then to the roast beef! You could have cut it with a spoon, melted in the mouth and full of flavour! Great food, great service keep it... More 

Thank Jay M
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We had the 2 courses for £20 and could not be beaten. We both had the most stunningly displayed pate with a small loaf with smoking butter, dulse butter and the pate was delicious plus chutney. Main I had pork belly + pork fillet with roasted beetroot and various veg and Comber spuds. The other roast beef which was generous... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 - 20:00
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Ballydrain Road | Castle Espie, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Comber
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9754 1182

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