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The John Hewitt

51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 3768
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fish chowder” (3 reviews)
“great beer” (8 reviews)
“proper pub” (5 reviews)
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Irish, Bar, European, Pub, British
$$ - $$$
51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 22 September 2017

Came here our first night in Ireland, in Belfast for a few drinks, after seeing the reviews. Lived up to expectations. No frills place, with good beer, good service, and the band that was playing was terrific.

Thank Jared F
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Lovely homemade broth with crusty bread and the most de...licious fruit crumble. Excellent, friendly service even though it was busy and a very relaxed atmosphere.

Thank 2020vision
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Only one Beer and no food not very nice inside very dingy not very much to offer so went and found some nice food Real ale people do not go waste of time

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Very good restaurant where you can eat typical Irish food; prices not so high (you can eat and get full with 15 pounds); kind waiters; nice atmosphere. I warmly suggest it.

Thank Carmine I
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We visited 3 different pubs and this was the worst. The red head behind the bar was ornery and mean. Finished our pint and let immediately.

Thank Daniel O
Reviewed 23 August 2017

A changing menu, with great local food . Price , quantity and quality all superb. The choice of wines/ beers/ ciders is also great with emphasis on local brewers. Bottles or draft. It is quiet too. Decent music and NO TV. I'd say it's one...More

Thank thepointmisser
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

If you have seen Cheers the sitcom about a Boston bar it will give you some idea of the atmosphere, the craic and camaradarie of this stalwart of a pub. A must visit.

2  Thank timeagain
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Great Guiness,Traditional Irish Music friendly people ,interesting conversations. A good pub to drop into whenn travelling alone on a Saturday night.

1  Thank gilift
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We popped in here for a drink, we had wanted dinner but there were no longer serving food, the staff recommended a restaurant round the corner so we went there first. The atmosphere is lovely here, there is live music most nights and a great...More

1  Thank Isabel S
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Galway Bay fair sail on tap and flowing once you see that you know you have found a gem great selection and helpful staff.

1  Thank mstaunt0n
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23 July 2015|
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Response from Mary A | Reviewed this property |
I'm not quite sure. U can fon them & ask. Very friendly staff
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 14
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, British
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9023 3768
The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in the heart of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter. Lunches are served between 12pm and 3pm Monday - Saturday. Live music is played in the bar six nights per week. The bar is completely free from TV’s and gaming machines.
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