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The Porthole at the Bayview Hotel

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2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
+44 (0)28 2073 4100
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 25
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Value

Ate here on a Suday evening, four adults and two small children, we had booked a table. The restuarunt is very busy and has great views across the bay, the food was of a good standard and competively priced. The service was friendly but slow not ideal with two small children the resturant itself... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Alan S
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Romford, United Kingdom
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English first
Romford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Ate here on a Suday evening, four adults and two small children, we had booked a table. The restuarunt is very busy and has great views across the bay, the food was of a good standard and competively priced. The service was friendly but slow not ideal with two small children the resturant itself was also very warm with the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

3 of us called in on Easter Sunday without a booking. We were given a seat in the bar area which was fine. Overall food of a good standard I had a steak ciabatta and hand cut chips very nice. The others had fish and said it was good. Waiting staff friendly, the place was very busy but we didn't... More 

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Hessle, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

There is little else in the bay so this is hotel, pub, social centre, place to watch sport on TV etc. The restaurant told us when they wanted us, but we still waited 80 minutes for our main course. We had finished our wine. They didn't even offer us a complimentary glass of wine. The food was tough and had... More 

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Ballycastle, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I visited this restaurant with my husband on Saturday night having had several recommendations. We were very glad we went. The Porthole has a very good atmosphere and the sea views are sublime. The staff were mainly very welcoming and efficient, although as it was are first visit it wasn't that clear where you went to get your table. The... More 

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Slane, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The service was very friendly and personal and food was good and very tasty. We found it a little expensive.

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Derry, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Lovely open fire and friendly staff to serve favourite drinks and food.On a cold blustery February day the comfy seats around the fire are very welcoming.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

While not actually staying in this Hotel,it is always a joy to eat and indulge one's family in the great food and atmosphere supplied in abundance.

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Dungannon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited with family on a Tuesday lunch time. Staff were friendly and took drinks and food orders promptly. Restaurant is nice with good views across the bay. Menu is pretty standard but plenty of options. Kids had burgers and sausages adults had scampi, beef and ale pie and I ordered a rump steak. Food was a little slow to arrive... More 

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Limavady
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Excellent food, great staff & lovely surroundings. The sea bass in tempura batter with Asian dipping sauces was the best meal I have had in a restaurant in a long time. Excellent!! I would highly recommend The Porthole!

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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Booked a table for 8.00 on 24/01/2015, we were shown to our table and given menus but thirty minutes later no one had asked for our order. Totally disgusted with the terrible customer service we got our coats and left. I know the staff were busy but this is not acceptable anywhere.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae, Bushmills BT57 8RZ, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Antrim  >  Bushmills  >  Portballintrae
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)28 2073 4100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Continental

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