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The Blackstone

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15-17 Hill Street, Ballymena BT43 6BH, Northern Ireland
028 2564 8566
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 7
    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
Funky Menu!

This place always seems to have a funky menu and a lot of unusual food you would not see on 'normal' menus but in saying that the food is class, I can see why it is one of the most popular restaurants to eat at in Ballymena. Will definitely return at some point to see if there are any new... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
PMag13
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This place always seems to have a funky menu and a lot of unusual food you would not see on 'normal' menus but in saying that the food is class, I can see why it is one of the most popular restaurants to eat at in Ballymena. Will definitely return at some point to see if there are any new... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

"Spiced roast breast of chicken, sweet potato puree, broccoli and pak choi, Korma cream and beetroot crisps. Choice of sides." One of the best meals I have had the pleasure of eating and not over priced. Have recommended and will be back.

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N.Ireland
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We have visited this restaurant on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed! The food is first class at very reasonable prices and with very good service. On weekdays food is served downstairs in what is the Blackstone Bar but the tables are nicely set out with a generally good ambience. At weekends the upstairs restaurant area is... More 

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a really good place at lunchtime to get a snack and a drink at a reasonable price also at night the food is of a very high standard.The weekend is especially good as there is usually music in the bar.

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ballymena
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Better menu at lunchtime, more variety, menu only has a few options on it in the evening and not great if you happen to be a fussy eater.

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belfast
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Lovely lunch. Very child friendly and the staff were great. Would definately recommend to those wanting a lovely meal.

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I and 2 friends decided to try here for our Christmas night out. We weren't disappointed. Despite the restaurant being extremely busy the service was excellent especially the young waiting staff who were so pleasant and helpful. Our meal was from the Christmas Fayre menu and it couldn't be faulted. Everything was so tasty and I can... More 

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Had a very tasty meal and desert very good service and would highly recommend. The menu is a bit limited and a few more dishes like Scampi would help but all in all I would go again.

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Our party of enjoyed a smashing meal,2 had the traditional christmas turkey and ham with others having the steak, we enjoyed several drinks before and after the meal. Lovely setting and staff were excellent. I recommend you eat in this establishment.

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The Blackstone always has excellent standard of food but on our most recent visit we were waiting on our starters when we happened to look up and see a rat in the stained glass lights above the bar. The restaurant has since had pets control in and the issue sorted but this definitely put me off returning. However the thing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15-17 Hill Street, Ballymena BT43 6BH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Antrim  >  Ballymena
  • Phone Number: 028 2564 8566

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?