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The Hillside, Hillsborough, County Down

The Hillside

4.1
4.1
507 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

21:00


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 507 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Northern Ireland

    Lunch

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  1. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Service was ok, food on the whole was average. Nothing would entice myself and my family to return.
  2. HW

    HelenW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We had a great meal, food was possibly a little slow to come out. The children's roast chicken was more of a overcooked pan fried chicken breast without any vegetables or gravy. Would have preferred a small roast dinner.
  3. AL

    ALJS

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Haven't been to Hillside for over 4 years but have always enjoyed my visits. Disappointing return...menu has changed & is now unexciting & rather 'basic'. Chose mussels to start but 7 out of the 19 mussels were unopened. The waiter agreed this was unacceptable & I was not charged for them (I hadn't asked for a refund so was pleasantly surprised to see them omitted from the bill) Main of lamb rump was nicely tasty (albeit well-done rather than the more usual medium; although I wasn't asked how I wanted it cooked) The gnocchi were lovely but the generous amount of lardons meant the jus was very salty. Waiting staff were friendly & attentive and the ambience was good. Overall, it was a nice enough meal but the menu would not entice me back
  4. SM

    SiobhanM

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Disappointing food, chips undercooked, soggy and looked like they had been left in the oven overnight. Burger dry and hard around the edges. Salad - a few limp leaves with red onion. Sent back to kitchen (waitress did not look surprised, no arguments and not charged for meal!) and reordered chicken burger - improvement but underwhelming. Cod cheeks mediocre at best. 2 in our party ordered desserts - white chocolate/honeycomb cheesecake and apple pie. Received raspberry cheesecake and rhubarb/pineapple crumble! Didn't even bother telling staff as it just seemed to be one thing after another. Not the gastronomic experience promised on the website...will not be back!!
  5. A

    Allison

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Starters where nice although no wheaten bread for seafood. Most mains were good although the lamb rump was disappointing and overall presentation was not good. One steak not cooked as requested Management and staff where all great and very friendly. Dessert was lovely.
  6. a

    angelak

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good wholesome food cooked well pleasant surroundings
  7. LB

    LorraineB

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Thank you - a great evening with good food, service and relaxed atmosphere
  8. A

    Anon

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Food was ok but service was terrible . Would not recommend
  9. CM

    ChrisM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Disappointing meal- salad on wings was well past it’s use- burger and chips plate was sad looking with 2 bits of limp salad, service was very slow but we’d barely put our forks down after or main course and someone was over grabbing the plates!!! Very odd and quite annoying- food was expensive for what it was - use to love eating here but unfortunately we won’t be rushing back.
  10. AP

    AnneP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A fantastic place to bring a group of young people and their leaders. Liz was brilliant, contacting me the night before and getting everything arranged for us. On the day our welcome was great and nothing was too much bother for the Hillside team. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and desserts. Thank you and I hope to be back soon.
  11. A

    Anon

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Food was lovely but the service was atrocious . I could understand it if the bar was busy but it was empty
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    We were made to feel like an inconvenience by the staff. We weren’t offered dessert menu and had to ask for it. Food was good but needed extra cutlery - we weren’t offered. Server was more interested in chatting up the bar man than serving us. We weren’t impressed.
  13. BM

    BeverleyM

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated in back bistro. Fairly quiet for a Sunday evening. Menu choices were good with additional specials including a Sunday Roast Dinner.
  14. AR

    AndrewR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely old style pub serving traditional food. Sunday roast with rich gravy and winter veg was very satisfying.
  15. F

    Foodie

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good choice for relaxed casual dining. Tasty food, friendly staff and relaxed ambience.
  16. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a lovely, pleasant evening.We had a cozy corner overlooking the outside patio which was nice. Food was great.
  17. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely food and great atmosphere, also dog friendly which is fab
  18. TT

    TomT

    N. Ireland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and rapid service and good food as always here.
  19. JR

    JeanR

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I enjoyed the Sunday lunch. Food was good and service was excellent.
  20. AC

    AnonaC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Staff were very pleasant but service was very slow in a busy setting. Two staff apparently called in sick which had quite an impact on the length of time it took for food to come out. Had to wait over an hour for our main courses to arrive. Bit disappointing despite the fact 20% was taken off our bill. Not sure I would go back again on Saturday night.
  21. K

    Kmcc

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was lovely, service a bit slow though it was busy but allowed us to have a break between courses.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great surroundings, superb food, excellent staff. Hillsborough is spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out and the Hillside is definitely one of its best.
  23. A

    Amz22

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Waited a long time for food. I ordered katsu curry when it came the chicken wasnt breaded like it should be in katsu curry and it cost 17 quid would have expected a gourmet curry but instead tasted like it was from a freezer!
  24. D

    Debs

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Really liked to online booking system and speedy confirmation Nice venue with well laid out tables. Friendly staff and quick to take order for drinks and food which was all reasonably priced. Menu doesn't highlight options for gluten free so a bit of running back and forward for the waitress to the chef to agree what one diner could eat. Also not a great choice for vegans as only one main course with no starter/dessert options, however my meal of chickpea curry was delicious. Shame such as lack of choice but for non vegans would recommend as a great place to dine out
  25. L

    Lucinda7

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I always have a pleasant dining experience at the Hillside
  26. MS

    MelissaS

    N. Ireland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food, most staff were very friendly, one staff member not friendly. Delicious starters
  27. a

    awrandal

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Hillside holds a lot of memories for my wife and I but this is the first time having a bar meal and it was great quality. Service was good and reasonable value for money.
  28. JL

    JanL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great atmosphere. Super vegetarian dish. Great steak aswell. Enjoyed it very much.
  29. HM

    HannahM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Chicken supreme was advertised with asparagus but came with broccoli and chicken curry was advertised with coriander rice and came with plain rice. Apart from that the food was very good!
  30. KP

    KimP

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely impromptu family meal. Full consideration given to diner with dairy and nut allergies. Service very good though it was busy, staff very efficient and friendly. Bank holiday menu was varied and was adapted without fuss on request. Food was well presented and piping hot. Highly recommend.
  31. BL

    BrendaL

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our visit but it was busy and had quite a wait on our food. This wouldn’t put us off as the staff are great and are trying their best.
  32. MH

    MichaelH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch for a large party at the hillside after a last minute booking. Everybody very happy with the experience including our dog!
  33. AW

    AnneW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly professional service, food was delicious, we had 5 mains, 5 soft drinks & 1 glass of wine, bill was £115, whic we thought was very reasonable
  34. AM

    AlanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A great meal in a very busy pub. Couple of forgetful moments by staff but these didn’t spoil a great evening. Real buzz. Lovely atmosphere and cheerful friendly staff.
  35. GP

    GaryP

    N. Ireland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great meal and a great atmosphere.
  36. NU

    NUCO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Food was beautiful as always. The greeting at desk was very poor, the girl ignored us for a few minutes when we arrived before seating us, and not a friendly welcome when she did acknowledge that we were there, and service extremely slow. However manager very nice and when asked how long food would be. Nice for a relaxed meal with friends, definitely not family friendly, wait too long for small children.
  37. LB

    LyndaB

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Having loved the Hillside in the past, we have been disappointed the last two times we have been. Food was expensive - £8.50 for most starters? I also love the lasagne but refused to order it when to have it with chips would cost £19! Lots of staff just standing around, heaps of dirty dishes just lying at the bar, took quite a while for our food to come when it wasn’t very busy… Overall we just weren’t impressed for the prices being charged!
  38. M

    Michelle

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Grumpiest waitress we have ever met. Unhelpful and surly. Waited nearly an hour for food. The children with us were crying with hunger. And when it did come the sides for two of the meals were wrong. Will not be back
  39. K

    Keiola

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We went for Mother’s Day. We asked to change seats but could not due to the people booked in. Em though noone sat in the seat for the whole 2 hours we were there. Food was nice and we had a relaxing time.
  40. M

    Monkey36jen

    N. Ireland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food very disappointing, had to send one dish back as it was burnt. Not able to have onion rings as apparently, staff mentally winding down in the kitchen. A direct quote from waiting staff. Our table was booked for 6.30 🙈

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The Hillside is rated 4.1 stars by 507 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 14 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

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Pub, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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