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The best restaurants in Down South Eastern NI

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Villa Vinci

Shimna, Down
29/04/2019: Had been recommended this restaurant so dropped in on a Saturday afternoon to book, they we’re booked out for the night but could take us at 5 that evening. Food was excellent and staff very pleasant. They were constantly having to turn people away so if you want to eat at the weekend make sure to book in advance. Price was also good. Will be back.
28/04/2019: Went with family on a Friday night and there was a great atmosphere in the place & the kids were made feel very welcome too with a great kids menu & colouring pencils etc. Food was great no complaints at all & would highly recommend the pasta dishes & the chicken with sun dried tomatoes & mozzarella. Unfortunately our mains were a long time coming because of a slight mix up but they sincerely apologised for it & sent us a bottle of wine which was lovely. Very reasonable prices great staff & cant wait to go back.


Great jones Craft & Kitchen

Shimna, Down
05/05/2019: Found this place randomly whilst walking up street of Newcastle. They have deal on for soup and sandwich combo. Me and my fiance were seated straight away although they seemed very busy and the staff had asked us if we had booked a table as we watched them turn away bigger numbers of people. The service was good staff were very attentive. Wasn't a long wait for food. We were both very happy with the food I had the red pepper soup and the mediterranean sandwich.
04/05/2019: I was in Newcastle for a brief stay and had to pleasure of eating in Great Jones. The service was excellent and the food was really nice. I enjoyed the Mourne Pilsner, a squid starter, chefs burger for main and an Oreo cheesecake for desert. Would


Vanilla Restaurant

Shimna, Down
04/05/2019: Spent our first Saturday for lunch in the Wine and Tapas. Previous hard core supporters of Vanilla restaurant! Really pleasantly surprised. Great food and flavours. Alan working upstairs and is Ireland's No 1 Maitre'd, so service absolutely superb. So many great dishes it was hard to pick a favourite. Espresso Martinis always a must!
25/04/2019: We sat at the bar and got to see the chef cook every dish. It was so difficult to choose from the wonderful selection. We had 5 dishes and a dessert. Portion sizes were much bigger than expected. The staff were very helpful. The cocktails looked fab. As I am 5 months pregnant I enquired about non-alcoholic beverages that would appear like drinking. I had a wonderful elderflower soft drink presented like a gin cocktail which just made my night.


The Cuan

Strangford, Down, <20£
14/04/2019: Stayed 2 nights last week. Room very good as usual. Staff and food amazing. My husband has dietry requirements and they were met with no problem. Colman is a real gem, at 86 he still works!! See you in June. Booked for our wedding anniversary. My husband has no clue. Lol
26/03/2019: This place is tucked away in a quite little town and it is truly a hidden gem. Not many people know but this is a MUST SEE for anyone who is a Game of Thrones fan. They have the 1 out of 10 GOT doors hidden throughout Northern Ireland. They were actually the first to get a door. Also during filming scenes at Winterfell (Castleward) this is were the cast stayed. We stayed in room 10 which is where Catelyn Stark stayed. Also, the food is amazing!!



Ballymaglave, Down, <20£
05/05/2019: Had dinner and it was delicious, lovely new menu. The food is always good and staff are friendly and professional.
28/04/2019: Don’t know we’re to start here,had the most lovely meal here on Easter Monday,hadn’t been before and didn’t book but upon arrival we were accommodated by a lovely lady who squeezed us in even though we hadn’t booked.Fast forward until today my partner and I decided to return to take my mother out for her birthday which we had pre-booked during the week,were we were told we could have a booth down the back away from the door as it was quite Cold at the door on the first occasion but we didn’t mind as we hadn’t booked ahead and they were very busy.When we arrived today we said we had a booth booked and this is were things escalated quickly,the manager informed us that we couldn’t have the booth as they don’t take bookings for Sunday and we couldn’t have the booth as they had a table of 9 coming and they were getting the booth.We were totally confused by this as we had already called in that week to see if we could get the booth for a bit of privacy for Mother’s birthday and the guy told us there wasn’t a problem but we could only have for 2hours as it was booked again which was fine as we would have been gone by then.We were then squeezed into seats by the bar with no privacy at this point we decided we would again confront the manager as we thought we were being downgraded as a larger party would obviously be more profitable to the business and when the manager again completely contradicted himself with excuses and bad manners we decided enough was enough and decided to leave,my elderly mother was shocked and disappointed as she had been looking forward to it all week,we will never darken this door again and the manager should be totally ashamed of himself the way he dealt with the situation would really love to speak to the owners of the establishment as this really could and should have been dealt with to make sure the paying customers who travelled 30mile for a special occasion were treated with a bit more respect.


The Smugglers Table

Killyleagh, Down
22/04/2019: Don't let the surroundings put you off. The food inside is excellent. The menu choice is small but always includes catch of the day. Julie is particularly friendly and looked after a family member with a nut allergy very well. One suggestion would be to tidy up the car park to make the pub/restaurant look more attractive.
04/04/2019: Dropped into The Smugglers Table this afternoon for a spot of lunch having heard great things about it and wasn’t disappointed. My partner and I ordered the burger and the fish pie. Both dishes were top notch but if you like fish I can’t recommend the fish pie highly enough. Shared a dessert of apple and blackberry crumble with custard. Fantastic!


French's Cafe and Bistro

Seaforde, Down
01/05/2019: I popped into the restaurant with my daughter en route to my Brothers funeral.
22/04/2019: On a busy Easter Sunday we had friendly helpful service and a lovely meal. Great vegetarian choices for me, and a helpful server realised I was vegetarian and offered to serve the starter without jelly without being asked. The roast vegetable tartlet was gorgeous and the non veggies enjoyed a steak and a burger. Desserts were lovely and lots of choices. Highly recommended


Base Coffee Company

Donard, Down
22/04/2019: What’s not to love about Base coffee..........Great service, friendly staff, definitely the best coffee in Newcastle. Tray bakes are delicious and massive in size! The view is amazing! I could sit here all day just watching the world go by. A must visit if you are in Newcastle!
31/03/2019: Booked the basement for our Y Zone staff team evening away. Superb food, coffee & venue. Charlie & his staff offered the most amazing welcome & service. Have visited Base Coffee Company many times and can say this is our favourite coffee shop in the world. All our staff team loved this place and have asked when are we going back? Thanks Charlie, Kerry, Jenny, Sarah, & Paul (Tum). Awesome!


The Anchor Bar

Donard, Down, <20£
30/04/2019: Attended my 3rd event on the trot as each event was more appealing that the previous one!
29/04/2019: Great food and fantastic atmosphere. The staff were so helpful and good craic too! Will definitely be back here as the service was so good even when the bar was very busy - great range of gins too 🙂


Blue Bay Cafe

Dundrum, Down, <20£
20/04/2019: Called in with grandchildren on the way to Newcastle, absolutely fantastic, food was great, staff very attentive, kids cleaned the plate. The quality of the ingredients makes a place, it’s not often you get even proper cooked ham.
15/04/2019: I stopped in for lunch and was pleasantly surprised by the fare and the friendly personal service! Never had filled soda, but it was excellent!


The Lobster Pot

Strangford, Down, 30-45£
05/05/2019: We had the best seafood in northern Ireland. Seafood was fresh and deliciously cooked. The host was really nice and friendly. Portions are huge and not very expensive. It was the perfect spot after a day at Winterfell
13/04/2019: Easy access very friendly staff and very busy. Booking advisable but they do walk ins. I had the steak and it was melt in the mouth. Definitely will call on my next visit.



Ardglass, Down
20/03/2019: St. Patrick’s day 2019. Currently residing at Minerstown we rccently visited Aldo’s for Sunday Lunch. Suffice to say we weren’t disappointed. Main course gets 10/10. The traditional roast was top dollar. The banana cinnamon sponge with custard and ice cream blew our taste buds. Staff are amongst the best we ever meet A*. We would seriously recommend anyone to visit..... you’ll not be disappointed
23/02/2019: While staying at the b and b next door we had a lovely meal here, very reasonable £16.95 for two courses. Very tasty.


Maghera Inn

Murlough, Down, 30-45£
30/04/2019: We visited over the weekend, really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The staff member who served us (unsure of her name) was fantastic. Definitely worth a visit
24/04/2019: Visited here for lunch over Easter and the bar is lovely and the staff very friendly and welcoming when we arrived. The food was a real let down though with bog standard fare for all four of us with very little flavour or imagination and from a fairly limited and small menu. I ordered a ranch burger which was described as having pulled beef on it so sounded nice. What arrived was a big burger which was very dense and had no seasoning so was bland and just filled a gap, the advertised pulled beef was in fact what looked like a processed goo like you might get out of a tube and was disgusting and certainly wasn't pulled beef ?? kids meals were basic run of the mill stuff and my wife`s chilli chicken sizzler came out far from sizzling and was just cut up cheap breaded chicken in a sweet chilli sauce. I would stop here for a drink as its a lovely place but I wouldnt eat here again.


The Bucks Head Inn

Dundrum, Down
28/04/2019: Went on Saturday night with my husband & surprisingly it wasn’t busy. We were greeted & shown to our table by a very nice young dark haired girl who also took our drinks order. There was a different story however with the older blonde haired woman we found her rather sharp & rude on several occasions throughout our meal. Starters were pate which was good but the seafood chowder was disappointing, plenty of fish but no real flavour & the breads we got as a wee appetiser before were ok but a few of them were almost a bit stale. Mains were lovely duck was cooked well & my slow cooked beef with red wine jus was lovely however when it came to the bill I got charged extra £3.50 for a small portion of chips even though I had asked for them instead of everything else it was supposed to come with! Not good & we tried for 10 minutes to get attention from any of the waitresses to suggest it should be removed but in the end gave up! We won’t be in a rush back, service means a lot when your paying that bit more!
18/04/2019: Called in on last Sunday, no booking but staff fitted us in. Food excellent an reasonably priced,would definitely eat here again

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Picnic Delicatessen

Killyleagh, Down
18/06/2017: Met my Son and his friend, all cyclists for coffee this AM, very busy tables all full, my son ordered Three Coffees and two sweet tray Bakes? Waited and waited no sign so my son went in and spoke to girl, they were upset as our order had been missed within minutes our coffees etc were on the table along with a refund of the costs, that is proper Customer Care Congratulations!
07/06/2017: Made to feel very welcome. Ate in as well as buying delicious provisions to have in our rented apartment. Great having free WiFi.

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