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“Lovely food and great service - a wee gem on our doorstep”
Review of Hillside

Hillside
Ranked #4 of 21 Restaurants in Hillsborough
Price range: $14 - $28
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Hillside is a charming, rustic pub situated in the historic Georgian village of Hillsborough, County Down, only 15 minutes drive from Belfast city centre. The Hillside first opened its doors to patrons in 1752 and has been enjoying a busy trade ever since thanks to our excellent food and drinks selection and our friendly, welcoming service. We are renowned for our roaring open fires in the winter and our pretty cobble stoned beer garden in the summer. Food served daily. Large parties catered for. Private room available.
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Called in to the HIllside on Saturday night without booking - it was a struggle but the helpful waitress managed to find us a table for three. The service was attentive and helpful, while the food was excellent - chicken, scampi and vegetarian options all very good, freshly made resulting in clean plates all round. Hillsborough is such a lovely village and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep so must visit the Hillside more often - we recommend it highly!

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1  Thank Orchard65
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Cuisine is both creative and very tasty. Sauces are flavourful and perfectly prepared to complement the meal. All this in a traditional Irish setting.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Visited this place last week . Food was very good . I had a steak and it was the best steak I ever had cooked perfect . Service was excellent staff lovely and friendly Will be back soon .

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1  Thank Kim326
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Excellent place with excellent service. Food is constant and at a good price. Out of the Plough, Hillside and Parsons nose I would have the Hillside every time. A great pub atmosphere without all the pretentious menus and attempt at customer service. Proper Northern Irish cuisine served professionally and with care for your custom. Bar is great when the craic is flowing.

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2  Thank Lsdwilson
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

I have been to The Hillside a number of times over the years (it's nothing special but does the job) but this will be the last. After being seated, we were asked if we wanted drinks (good start). After some delay, the drinks arrived; one was wrong - we informed the waitress of the error - no apology, she didn't care. No one came to take our order - the waitress needed prompting, despite the place being empty.

The starter arrived and was fine but was served on a bizarre and slim wooden board which made eating the dish difficult as bits of it kept falling off the board (perhaps a plate with some distance between the food and the edge would be better?)

The main courses were slow to come and were pretty average with poor quality 'handcut' chips, many of which were underdone and sent back.

In conclusion, The Hillside serves average food but doesn't have good service to make up for it. In fact, the service is poor at best which is quite surprising given the current financial climate - perhaps the Hillside doesn't value repeat business or a reputation.

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2  Thank mew20
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