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Ponderosa Bar

974 Glenshane Road, Dungiven BT47 4SD, Northern Ireland
+44 28 7774 1987
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good16%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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Irish, Bar, European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
974 Glenshane Road, Dungiven BT47 4SD, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Over the years the Ponderosa has evolved from a roadside pub with grub to a proper restaurant with pub attached. The stunning location at the crest of the famous Glenshane Pass in the Sperrin Area of Natural Beauty makes it reputedly the highest eatery in...More

Thank Sean Q
Reviewed 1 week ago

stopped on the way home from Donegal with Family and I must say, service was fantastic, Food was amazing and the atmosphere was relaxing, couldn't fault it. we only called in for a light lunch and ended up having 3 courses. I will certainly visit...More

Thank Gav O
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is pleasant and the menu is inviting but the food served was poor and very disappointing. We were a party of four, the restaurant was quiet at the time. I would not recommend the Ponderosa Bar.

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This used to be our favorite place for Sunday lunch, 2 weeks ago, apart from the hard dry bread roll, with the soup everything was good. We went yesterday, only to discover that they have stopped offering vegetarian menu. The only vegetarian main course was...More

Thank Susan S
PondoM, Manager at Ponderosa Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Good afternoon Susan, I am sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your vegetarian choices on Sunday when you dined with us, I was made aware at the time that you were not happy our vegetarian option offered on our new Set Sunday lunch...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in one Sunday on the way back from Belfast. At 6pm the place was packed, no table booked but the quickly found us a table for 2. Ordered 2 chicken dishes and I ordered a side of mast - it arrived piping hot. Just...More

Thank Queenbee16Derry
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This bar and restaurant goes by the highest bar and restaurant in Ireland.It is at the top of the Glenshane Pass.Beautiful Views.Very friendly staff and really good food.We had lunch.

Thank MARGARET50_11
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

We stopped off while touring Northern Portion of Ireland and had really nice meal. Speciality Sandwiches with Soup and two beautiful latte's . Partner had mayo with Onion. While I had Formation chicken.with side dressing and onions top drawer stuff. Do stop in friendly staff...More

Thank kevinodonnell
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Our family ate here tonight and I have to say we were very disappointed the food was tasteless my chicken was over cooked, dry and under seasoned. My husbands starter of chorizo and garlic melt was bought in frozen garlic bread with pepperoni not chorizo...More

Thank MichelleM7330
PondoM, Manager at Ponderosa Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2018

Dear Michelle, we are disappointed that you did not enjoy your experience at the Ponderosa last night, but are happy to hear that your husband and son both enjoyed their meals. Our garlic bread is served with chorizo not pepperoni. We do not season the...More

Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

We were dropped off for supper (we eat after 8 at home and hadn't considered places in Dungiven, not exactly a tourist town, would be mostly closed by then) and enjoyed a delicious meal in a quiet nook of the restaurant. The owner herself gave...More

Thank Bonnie B
Reviewed 29 August 2018

So much better on the inside than the outside suggests. Good choice of food for the family, The food was well prepared and quick. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Great location. Just sorry I haven't dropped in sooner given how often I have passed...More

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7 July 2018|
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Response from catherinecooke37 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know but they do have tables outside if weather is good
7 September 2015|
Response from 839Patsy |
About 30 miles
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 4 - USD 45
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 974 Glenshane Road, Dungiven BT47 4SD, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Londonderry  >  Dungiven
  • Phone Number: +44 28 7774 1987
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Established in 1858, the Ponderosa is a site where history echoes and beauty flourishes and in 2014 a new chapter began seeing the entire building being transformed into an elegant restaurant and bar with a convenient store adjacent. The old building structure is still intact but now is home to a quality restaurant featuring fresh seafood, savoury steaks and favourite local dishes served with a special flavour of the area. Patrons can also enjoy speciality drinks and cordials in the 'Ponderosa Bar' where live entertainment is provided every weekend. The owners and staff strive to make your visit to Ireland's Highest Bar and Restaurant an unforgettable experience providing outstanding food in a familiar and casual atmosphere. You'll find the charm of the Irish in every visit and always feel welcome!
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