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The Blackstone

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15-17 Hill Street, Ballymena BT43 6BH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 2564 8566
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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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
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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last evening my friend and our two wives booked a table for eight o'clock, expecting something special but what a major disappointment. We were seated near the door and the cold air was very noticeable,,so much the pair at the adjacent table asked to moved to avoid the cold. By nine o'clock we had received only two of our four... More 

4 Thank Dessiegray
Brussels, Belgium
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134 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not the most sexy place but the food is good, service is efficient and the price is correct. A good choice if you are in Ballymena.

1 Thank Paul S
Ballymena, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to the Blackstone several times and each time when I look at the menu I talk myself and my husband into coming back again as there are so many tasty treats to choose from. With excellent food and customer service to match I would recommend for lunch or dinner. Not the cheapest place to eat in Ballymena... More 

Thank shaz0
Ballymena, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten in The Blackstone on numerous occasions and have never left disappointed. The variety and standard of food is excellent, the portions generous and value for money is much better than Belfast. It might not be the fanciest looking restaurant but the quality of the food makes up for it.

1 Thank _erimur
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here recently. Honestly hate the decor in the place, but the food definitely makes up for it! My partner and I both ordered starters, which took forever to come out. I had the pulled pork which was very good, but a little dry as there was only little dabs of sauce around the board. For my main, I had... More 

1 Thank TheHappyEater1
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

visited this restaurant a few weeks ago with my boyfriend. Decided to go here for a change as family members had recommended it, though said it was pricey which they were right. Though have to say my starter was the best starter I have ever had. I had the black pudding, it was so tasty. I ordered the pork belly... More 

1 Thank Chloe M
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very lucky find last Sunday night when passing through Ballymena on the way to Belfast. The most delicious meal had by all 3 of us. Unfortunately too full for desserts. Next time! All staff so pleasant and efficient. Even allowed a phone charger be plugged in. Highly recommend this restaurant. #OffalyOnTour #BlackStoneMagic

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1 Thank OffalyMags
Antrim, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I have not eaten lunch here before but have reviewed on an evening meal. The lunch menu is pretty extensive, it was hard to know what size a light lunch would be so decided to be cautious and go for the full meal. There were 5 in our party, 3 ordered chicken goujons (glad I didn't go for these as... More 

1 Thank travelled-annie
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31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Great menu selection, great food, friendly service although could be better. Atmosphere/decor could be nicer.

Thank HTRCanada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Went last night with 3 girlfriends & the food was simply stunning. And we are hard to impress! Thought I should make a review to say compliments to the chef. Hands down the best food in Ballymena, infact probably in Northern Ireland!

3 Thank must_read22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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: +44 28 2564 8566

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