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The Pheasant

410 Upper Ballynahinch Rd, Hillsborough BT26 6NR, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9263 8056
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Ranked #4 of 11 Restaurants in Hillsborough
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $94
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Our menus are designed to offer the best and freshest of local produce, including game from the neighbouring Larchfield Estate and ingredients and dishes from around the globe. As a sister restaurant to the Award Winning Plough Inn, Hillsborough, naturally seafood is our house speciality all year round. Our aim is to offer something to satisfy everyone's tastes. Our friendly and attentive staff are here to ensure that you relax and simply enjoy a taste of "good olde Irish hospitality".
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70% Recommend
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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

After a long drive to see my Mum who lives nearby the Pheasant we stopped off for some Bar food because we were having a family meal later that night. When we arrived in the Bar we were told that there was only a Sunday menu available. I asked if we could not just get a panini, burger or a... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Came for the steak special, place was packed, and although service was a wee bit slow all the staff were working as fast as they could, and couldn't have been more pleasant. When the steaks came out, the sirloin was lovely, the rump, very chewy, we said to the manager who got us a new one, no questions asked, happy... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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193 reviews 193 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We had lunch at this restaurant. The menu choice was fairly standard pub/restaurant fare, however where they score is in the presentation of the food. For example the burgers were well cooked and moist with choice of different accompaniments, i.e not just fries. The service was a little erratic, though a certain degree of this could be put down to... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have been here 3 times recently and on all 3 occassions the food had been great quality and well presented. We enjoy the steak sharing platter but have also shared a chicken curry meal as one of us found it too much on a previous occassion especially following a starter. Staff were flexible, courteous and helpful. The food is... More

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Pheasant is a comfortable, well set out restaurant. Their early bird is very good value and they have a separate menu for "Gluten Free". Also nothing is too much trouble and they will alter the main menu to accommodate Coeliacs. Service can be a bit slow if the restaurant is very busy, but sit back and enjoy your surroundings... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Called into the Pheasant for an early dinner on the way home from a day out. Lovely food, we had the steak sarnie, tipsy bull burger and prawn pitta. The Greek feta salad side was not great, the feta wasn't actually feta but tasted like cubes of cream cheese- which was rather odd. Service was very pleasant if a little... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I went to the Pheasant for friend's birthday dinner. I am a pescetarian so eat fish but no other meat. There were several tasty-looking seafood dishes but I was disappointed to see that there were absolutely no vegetarian dishes - so don't bring any veggie friends! I ordered one dish and then at the last minute changed my mind as... More

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PheasantRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at The Pheasant, responded to this review

Hi Anna, Thank you for such a positive review. We really appreciate it! In terms of our selection of vegetarian dishes, we actually have full separate Vegetarian & Gluten Free menus available. Many customers praise us for our wide selection of dishes! We hope to see you again soon, and now that you know we have a separate menu to... More

Newry, Co.Down
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

After a really special day at Down Royal Races, we decided to find a nice place to eat locally, have a few drinks and settle down for the evening in our motorhome. We located this lovely rural pub/restaurant (with the help of Tripadvisor) with a large busy carpark, which clearly stated that members of the public parked there at their... More

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PheasantRestaurant, Public Relations Manager at The Pheasant, responded to this review

Dear Customer, We do apologise for any inconvenience caused to you & your husband. However, we were only looking out for your own safety and abiding by company policies. As you mentioned, none of our staff were aware that you had planned to stay over in our car park. If they had, the situation would've been rectified immediately. As I'm... More

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Never been here before but had heard good things so gave it a go and not ddisappointed. Had a fabulous first course of medallions of hog, Mediterranean vegetables, olive oil mash and a lovely peppery sauce. Chose pear and cardamon crumble for dessert and this is where my only criticism comes in, have never had pastry round a crumble before... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

In some respects it is quite difficult to categorise this restaurant. Having looked at the range of items on the menu I think the best conclusion to arrive at is that it is a fascinating example of a "fusion" experience. The good basics of a traditional Northern Ireland pub-restaurant are all present, i.e.. steak in its varied forms, but if... More

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