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The Old Schoolhouse Inn

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100 Ballydrain Road | Castle Espie, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great food, pleasant atmosphere, friendly helpful attentive staff. We had the tasting menu and were very impressed - the sea bream in particular was a joy, but all really nice. This restaurant deserves the praise it seems to be gathering recently. We spoke with the chef, Will Brown at the end and this helped give that personal touch which lifts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Conformable clean rooms in a small complex. Staff could not be more helpful, making you feel right at home. Great food and selection. Quiet location and good parking. The adjoining restaurant is well worth a visit. Again with excellent food and staff. Peter and Cheryl Perth West Australia

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Dundas ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was just by chance we booked in here. The rooms were well appointed and clean, all you really need for a one night B&B stay. The staff are all very helpful. But the restaurant - that was an amazing surprise. Dinner was inventive and really good sized portions. I wish I hadn't eaten lunch! Breakfast is served in a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First visit here and already impressed before we even sat down! Beautiful bar area to peruse menus. Starters amazing and mains to die for. Dessert was beautifully presented. Impeccable service and very friendly staff. I highly recommend and will definately return. Thank you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

By coincidence I visited this restaurant 3 times in the last month, each time was superb but the best experience was at the popular Wine Wednesday. 18 members of the Holywood Fine Dining Club had a truly wonderful meal which ranks as one of our top 2 experiences ( the other being Browns in Lononderry).. Our meal at the Old... More 

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Ledbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

It was not clear initially if the establishment had rooms but we were glad we could not get into another B&B and we stopped here to ask, as the restaurant is very special. Some of the old scool architecture is used to good effect int he restaurant but you will not be spending long looking at the building once the... More 

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Cheshire,England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Why have I missed out of this place for so long, now we've found it we shall return, food top of the range couldn't be bettered with comfortable reasonably priced rooms just steps away all located in a beautiful location by Strangford Lough

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

This year we decided that we would have Christmas lunch. We had never been to the Resturant before. A 40 mins drive set in beautiful surrounding and the food didn't disappointed and a present surprise. Service could be improved with more training but overall a wonderful relaxed afternoon. I would visit again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We decided to spend an extra night in Northern Ireland on a car tour of Strangford. We heard that Mount Stewart was opening after several years being closed and the weather was gorgeous so why not seize the day! We arrived around 6.00 and my top tip would be arrive earlier, go for a walk along the lanes/coast and enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Reticent about our first visit given some of the other reviews but glad we went for Sunday dinner today - one of the best all round experiences we've had! Excellent value for quality food, served by pleasant staff.

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