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The John Hewitt

51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 3768
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“lunch” (44 reviews)
“fish chowder” (3 reviews)
“proper pub” (5 reviews)
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Irish, Bar, European, Pub
$$ - $$$
51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I took my Girlfriend to the pub where we first met, some 6 months ago, and had a Super Meal. Unfortunately this time it was absolutely Awful. Staff were friendly, but the new menu was horrible. I can only suggest, that their old Chef has...More

Thank william264
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this pub on a craft beer forum. Didn’t look like anything but a local Irish pub but omg the food was great. Good selection of beers too but I’d go back just for the food.

Thank nzfiona2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed around the corner from John Hewitt on a recent Belfast trip. It became our go-to late-afternoon happy hour spot before dinner, primarily because it has a wonderful neighborhood vibe, very unpretentious, and seems to be deeply appreciated by the regulars....More

Thank pporpedro
Reviewed May 7, 2018

I have been here on a few visits and have eaten here as well. Great lunchtime menu and a great venue later in the evening as well.

Thank barnman2016
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

The atmosphere is nice and feels authentic and the have a great selection on alcohol. My friend and I both had fish and chips and it was over cooked and very dry with no real taste. The mushy peas that accompanied the dish where stone...More

Thank katiecloud9
Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

Called in for a late lunch with a couple of friends on Thursday 19 April 18 said they had been here a couple of times this year and raved about the food. Well as you can see from the attached pictures they were not wrong!...More

Thank MarkBFS
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Traditional music with great atmosphere. lots of locals and tourists mixing, great choice of drinks and they do serve food most of the day, mostly traditional pub grub. Only drawback this pub is so popular, you may well find yourself standing at the bar to...More

Thank garrow
Reviewed March 21, 2018

Arrived here for lunch on a rainy day. We arrived right when the lunch menu ended, but the server and staff kindly allowed us to order and the food came promptly and was delicious. Fine Guinness here and great wood lined interior with friendly faces...More

Thank RichM490
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Visited here with friends from England. Lovely friendly bar with traditional music. Gets very busy so get there early to get a seat.

Thank smoothoperator54
Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

A short walk to the cathedral quarter will give you a fab bar... live music most nights ,, Thursday is my usual evening an amazing 4 piece band... unbelievably ! A real ‘must see’ when you visit Belfast named after John Hewitt bit of a...More

Thank David S
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July 22, 2015|
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Response from Mary A | Reviewed this property |
I'm not quite sure. U can fon them & ask. Very friendly staff
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $13
Irish, Bar, European, Pub
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9023 3768
The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in the heart of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter. Lunches are served between 12pm and 3pm Monday - Saturday. Live music is played in the bar six nights per week. The bar is completely free from TV’s and gaming machines.
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