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The Bay Tree

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118 High Street | county down, BT18 9HW, Holywood, Northern Ireland
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Today
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Fri 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Description: Opposite the police station in Holywood
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 53
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Expensive

I think the food is overpriced and you don't get a lot of it!It has a nice atmosphere but so do a lot of places that give better value.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
DOLLYGIRL_123_12
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Holywood, null, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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97 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Holywood, null, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

I think the food is overpriced and you don't get a lot of it!It has a nice atmosphere but so do a lot of places that give better value.

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Devon
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91 reviews 91 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My family and I recently visited The Bay Tree over the festive period for breakfast. The food was beautiful and the service friendly. The restaurant is quaint, excellent value for money and has a really lovely atmosphere. The only negative thing I would add is that our food took about 20/25 minutes to come, which is quite a long time... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

What would give it 5 full blown stars would be if there were no raisins sneaking around in the scones. I never grew to like them. Ever. Have been frequenting the place every weekend for a box to go. Going to explode. Amazing.

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Belfast
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Bay Tree Restaurant is a little hidden gem just off High Street in Holywood. Renown for their great coffee and cinnamon scones - they should also be renown for their excellent regular wine (and whiskey) tasting evenings matched with excellent food. Having been to my 3rd such event in as many months in conjunction with Gap Wine - matching... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a lovely long established coffee shop cafe in Holywood. Just on the outer edge of the main street which allows some easier parking closeby. Enter through an old arch from the main street to the cafe on the left. An easy goods-to-go 'Go Bay Tree' on right side works well for a take away and stops customer clutter... More 

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Belfast
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130 reviews 130 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Went here for lunch recently having not been in quite a while. We used to go to the Bay Tree very regularly over the years for breakfast, lunch, coffees and dinner. I opted for the ham super salad for lunch- whilst it was nice enough, it unfortunately not a patch on the excellent super salads that they used to do.... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a special place for a lunch, snack, or coffee, with superb home made goodies and tasty main courses. The cider is very quaffable, the cakes delicious, the atmosphere usually busy and very contented. Only problem is it's so popular that it is sometimes difficult to get a table - probably because too many people like us feel compelled... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

All round class! Admittedly I never venture here for more that a coffee and cinnamon scone (soon to change that) but you're guaranteed quality. I love the vibes, staff are a delight and very helpful and of course the cinnamon scones are the best around. I also love how they're proud of their scone recognition but don't let that define... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Usually a gratifying experience, today was a tad disappointing at the Bay Tree in Holywood. Sat down at a table but it took a full five minutes to have the table cleared of the previous customers' detritus. A surly chap walked past our uncleared table several times, once catching my eye without a smile or as much as a simple... More 

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willik1980, Owner at The Bay Tree, responded to this review

Dear Customer, Thank you for your review. I must first of all express my sincere disappointment that you did not enjoy your most recent visit to The Bay Tree. I regret that you had to wait for your table to be cleared and I will be sure to use this example in our forthcoming training session. Regarding your critique of... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Have been here a few times, but most recently was here for Sunday brunch, the food was brilliant especially the cinnamon scones! Definitely worth a visit! Have never had an evening meal here, but the menu looked quite pricey. Brunch was an OK price, the scones are worth the £2 though!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 High Street | county down, BT18 9HW, Holywood, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Holywood

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Opposite the police station in Holywood
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 9:30 pm

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