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The Hillside, Hillsborough, County Down

The Hillside

4.2
4.2
745 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Pub, Bistro
  • Hours of Operation
    Food Served Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    028 9268 9233
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Ryan Black
  • Private party facilities
    We have functions spaces available for private dining & celebrations

What 745 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Northern Ireland

    Great for brunch

  • Northern Ireland

    Child-friendly

  • Northern Ireland

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Northern Ireland

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Northern Ireland

    Most Booked

745 Reviews
  1. RobinB

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Restaurant not very busy , young inexperienced staff were not very attentive. Food served was not great , chicken very dry & poorly presented. Sea bass dish on risotto was huge but tasted nice , portions far too big .

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  2. Michael

    Glasgow

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly Will definitely go back soon Food and service first class Great choice of food

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  3. Conalj

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food , good price and great service ! Definitely recommend!

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  4. PeterC

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    New Menu ??? Only 1 vegetarian option on entire menu.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Expensive food but not a high quality. Slow service.

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  6. BIGJACK

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A solid dinning experience at the HILLSIDE very impressed overall 4 out of 5 stars,only downside thought the chips cooked 3 ways were to irregular in size ,which one would suspect make the cooking of them more inconsistent, however am being picky here ,well definitely be back especially for the guinness toffee sponge and ice creams which was simply divine.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Starter Soup : warm to cool, obviously diluted from previous meal. Only coloured water and barley in s small bowl. Main course: Haddock & chips: Fish was tasty. Chips acceptable, but slightly underdone. Staff: polite and efficient Restaurant: warm and welcoming Work needed by kitchen management on quality of food served to customers

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  8. AlMe

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was nice. Daube of beef was lovely but more gravy was needed. Chicken burgers were tasty but not worth £19 each with a tiny bucket of chips. Other half enjoyed her scampi. Service was ok but hard to get their attention if needed. 7/10

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  9. William

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly,efficient and helpful staff. Good selection of food and reasonably priced. Wonderful fires to warm the room, they added to the ambience in the restaurant.

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  10. ShouldGetOutMore

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really tasty and the Sunday Dinner deal was good value. Service was good. Ladies toilets could do with a tidy, clean and spruce up.

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  11. PhilipP

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food exceptional. Good value, very much attentive staff, there is absolutely nothing to fault. Would go back in a heartbeat to the Hillside 👍

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  12. HildaS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the spiced chicken burger which was delicious. Then shared a cheesecake which was white chocolate and cranberry but disappointing. No real flavour but overall a lovely meal and will be back.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have good service & food in The Hillside. Well worth a visit.

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  14. StevenW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super, great food, lovely atmosphere and very friendly staff

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  15. adammcd

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    45 minute wait between starter and main, food seemed rushed and not prepared to usual standard

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  16. PaulM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was quite cold as myself, my son and my wife kept our jackets on and my young daughter kept her coat on as she was very cold. Food was spot on but please make the children's pasta dish kid friendly, it's very long and wide and difficult for a child to eat but the pasta was nice. Overall, the temp of the place would put me off going again at this time of year

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  17. WilliamD

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    My steak was grisily, hand full of sides if that. Was given a table upstairs where no one was sitting, while there was seating downstairs where is was warm. There was lipstick on a pint glass. Overall very dissappointing, will not be back as it is not value for money at all. £32 for a average steak.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service very slow, lots of young people with no clue. Food was lukewarm on arrival, I my sausages were shrivelled on arrival that suggests the plate was sitting for a while and the Guinness was off had to send mine back. If you have better options this one is not worth the trip.

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  19. JennyM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great gastropub located in the centre of Hillsborough. Very welcoming & friendly staff , lovely ambience and great selection of food on the menu to suit all tastes.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and the food was very tasty. It’s good to know they have some vegan options too!

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  21. ElizabethM

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Staff exceptionally accommodating

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  22. Andrew

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Other than where the table was situated (right beside the fire escape), everything was good. Service a tad slow, but possibly to be expected, given it was Xmas eve and the restaurant was full.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful meal in lovely surroundings with family

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  24. KatharineL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was lovely and the ambience was very relaxed , will be back

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  25. Zep75

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Go every Xmas never disappoints , traditional Xmas turkey & ham beautifully done.

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  26. JackieC

    N. Ireland

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Warmly greeted and seated quickly, than it all went wrong. An over friendly waiter who gave the impression he was on top of things but really wasn’t. The restaurant was not overly busy, quite a few tables set for big groups of people who hadn’t arrived, but it still took 20 mins before he came back to take our order, then 30 minute wait for food. Food was fine, then the waiter returned and we asked for a dessert menu, 20 minutes later it had not arrived. We flagged another staff member and ordered coffees instead and those took 15 mins to arrive. Just over 2 hours for a main course and coffee at lunchtime is not good enough.

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  27. DorothyL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Extremely busy, others getting meals before us. They did discount our bill and young servers pleasant but understaffed. Yes, will go again but not before Christmas.

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  28. GeraldineP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cody did a lovely job waiting upon our table. Thank you. Lovely place & fast service but needed to be prompted re things from time to time but we were very happy overall. Will be back.

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  29. StephenG

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Attentive staff, great food and a warm atmosphere

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  30. MichelleC

    N. Ireland

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful food and friendly staff, would definitely recommend.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for lunch in the Hillside. Haven't been there in years, but the food and service were really good, and will be back again. Staff and ambience very welcoming on a wet November afternoon.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and the service had the potential to be really good. However main meals which were served hot (gravy on the side) were completely spoiled when we unwittingly added the cold gravy. Then the gravy was replaced on request by even more cold gravy! By the time the 3rd attempt at the gravy arrived the food was well and truly cold.

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  33. AlexSinc

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner! Really enjoyed, thank you so much for the service

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  34. RebeccaP

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, gorgeous cosy pub with superb food, great wine choices and charming staff

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  35. SimonB

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was up to its usual great standard and good value for money. Unfortunately there didn’t seem to be enough staff on, and the ones working were run off their feet which meant long waits between courses. Not great when you have hungry kids. If the restaurant had been full it would have been even worse for them.

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  36. DavidS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good quality reasonably priced food and friendly service staff.

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  37. jennifer

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were excellent and when I requested a table downstairs they were able to arrange this with minimal fuss. The food was excellent "best steak sandwich " my partner declared. My only regret was that we didn't stay in the lounge for the music.

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  38. JonH

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable meal. Easily the best restaurants in Hillsborough

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  39. RosemaryW

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Only decided to book a table for 3 on Sunday morning. Used the online booking system and was able to book a table without any difficulty. When we arrived we were shown to our table and it was very cosy being seated near the log burner. The waiter/waitresses were all courteous and we thoroughly enjoyed our food. We will definitely be back again.

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  40. PatriciaR

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening enjoyed by both of us ! Was to be 3 people but our friend was unwell! Delicious food with excellent attentive service! Great atmosphere will definitely be back!

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    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
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FAQs

The Hillside is rated 4.2 stars by 745 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Hillside

21 Main Street, Hillsborough, County Down BT26 6AE

Additional information

  • Area
    Hillsborough
  • Hours of Operation
    Food Served Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, Pub, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ryan Black
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan
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