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Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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21 Main Street, Hillsborough BT26 6AE, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9268 9233
12:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Phenomenal wee pub, plenty of atmosphere and character. Best pint of Guinness in the village and some lovely whiskeys. Absolute perfection on a winters afternoon with the peat fire roaring

Thank John K
Lisburn, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in the Hillside with a few friends for a 'couple' of drinks. We were greeted by the roaring turf fires and live music from the restaurant. We had an amazing selection of drinks on offer from local real ales to mysterious looking bottles of gin. We thought it would be wise to start off with a couple of... More 

Thank robbscott48
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attended as part of a large group on Saturday night. Table was booked for 8pm, we had our menus at 7.45 and were seated upstairs in a tightly packed area (some had to vacate their seats and stand at the other side of the room until others came back from the toilets)......orders were taken from around 8.45pm - initially... More 

1 Thank Misskia10
Banbridge, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived, for a prebooked dinner for 8pm. Now at 9-30 we still dont have our main courses. Staff dint seem concerned. Dont recommend

Thank Crystal B
Belfast, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We were a granddad, grandma, daughter and grandson...and much loved Cocker Spaniel, we were all welcomed into the Hillside, it was chilly outside and a roaring fire was head of the welcoming committee. The food was first class, the company was good and the craic was mighty. Well done the Hillside, truly a family restaurant. See you soon x

Thank john h
Newtownards, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We arrived early on a Friday evening, and were quickly seated across from a noisy group of ladies who were on there second or third course. The rest of the resteraunt was empty. We were quickly given menus and a drink order was taken. My wife ordered the bread board and pork belly bites. This consisted of three slices of... More 

Thank Anthony M
N. Ireland
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We decided, at short notice, to go out for dinner. Having a selection of restaurants in the Lisburn area to choose from, we chose the Hillside. We had been several times before and knew to expect good food. We all had starters and main courses. My onion soup was very good but not outstanding. My son's duck starter was superb.... More 

Thank Trevor_McC
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Disappointing gluten free option. I ordered a steak which came to me with onion rings on top. When I enquired if it was safe for me the meal was removed to the kitchen. A few moments later the same meal was returned this time without the onion rings. Shame the chef didn't remove all the crumbs of batter. Really poor... More 

Thank BushmillsTillieT
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We called into Hillside yesterday evening Sun. 25th. Sept. My partner had the Beef and I had the Lamb. Both were very tasty. The service was very good/friendly and there was a nice atmosphere in the restaurant.

Thank Kieran345
Belfast, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Four of us had a lovely meal on Friday evening. The service was good and the flavours in the chicken meal were outstanding!! The steaks were cooked to perfection & tender. There was a great atmosphere & the area outside which is now covered has lovely hanging baskets & was very pleasant to sit out in the fresh air enjoying... More 

Thank Stephanie S

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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
USD 13 - USD 25
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?