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SD Bell

516 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3HL, Northern Ireland (City Centre)
028 9047 1774
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Ranked #464 of 737 restaurants in Belfast
Cuisines: Irish
Neighborhood: City Centre
Most recent review
- Feb 16, 2014
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Neighborhood: City Centre
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44% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
N. Ireland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This place has a somewhat 'old-worldy' feel about it and has a lovely relaxed atmosphere. Food was lovely and nicely presented. Love the fact too, that you can go and purchase fresh ground coffee from the little counter at the front....all kinds... aroma is wonderful.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We visit Bells two or three times a month. Normally on a Saturday at lunch. No matter how busy it is, the time from order to receipt of food averages around 30 mins. Or longer. For stew, soup or a fry this is pretty grim by any standard. It's hard not to conclude that there is a "don't care" attitude... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Have been here a few times in the week and went this weekend went at sunday lunchtime, when they have live music. We did not book but were told we might get a table after 1:30 and we did! Lovely atmosphere and the service was good, too. Afterwards, we bought some tea from the attached shop, and the girl in... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We tried SD Bell's for the first time a couple of weeks ago after having heard positive reports about it. Whilst we were initially impressed with our coffee & scones, and the relaxed atmosphere of the place, it was our lasting impression will most definitely ensure that I don't make a return visit. When we had got up to leave,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is my first time in Belfast and in the cold weather I was in need of a nice cup of coffee and quick bite. The standards of the place are low, cleanliness and while I was prepared to pay for what I consumed (as you do), I was not prepared for the unfriendly and unprofessional attitude displayed by the... More

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

I have been going to bells for years and love this place. Ilove the fact it is dated and hasn't really changed in all that time. The service can be slow but it is the best coffee in Belfast and the best sausage rolls ( now that they are being kept warm again and not destroyed in the microwave).

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Sunday brunch to the sound of jazz or the blues depending on the visiting artists. Good venue to start a Sunday off on the right foot especially if Saturday night was a bit heavy! Good choice on the menu albeit a tad pricey to help cover the entertainment. Can't understand why this venue doesn't open as a byo restaurant in... More

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I've been to SD Bells more times than I can count on my fingers and toes; it is on the walk home from my daughters school. If it starts to rain, or if it is raining, we will go in there for a cheeky cup of tea (for me) and an ice cream for my daughter. But, every time it... More

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Belfast
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Sd Bell's is celebrating its 125 birthday. It has long been a supplier of tea and coffee in Northern Ireland and has a cosy cafe at the junction of the Upper Newtownards Road and the Knock dual carriageway. The informal 1970s decor fits well with quality tea and coffe and various buns and cakes. It also does excellent breakfasts and... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Try to visit SD Bells once a month or so; great value and great atmosphere. 30p refill for coffee is brilliant.

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