We stayed at the Causeway Hotel, near Bushmills, Northern Ireland, from the 25th to the 27th February 2011. My party consisted of two adults staying on a dinner, bed & breakfast package.
The area around the Causeway Hotel is currently being redeveloped to accommodate a new National Trust Visitors Centre for the Giant’s Causeway. This will not be finished until summer 2012. Therefore the area has the feel of a building site. That said the National Trust guides do their best to keep traffic flowing and the visitors happy. There is a temporary visitors centre at the side of the hotel and shuttle buses run to Bushmills (park & ride) and the Giant’s Causeway. The buses are free to National Trust members.
The hotel itself, which I believe is now owned by the National Trust, is quite old fashioned and in need of refurbishment, but it does have a certain charm. I have been coming here on an infrequent basis for the last 19 years. The eating experience is most memorable. You collect a menu at reception and a member of staff takes your order in the adjacent hallways or the bar. When your meal is ready you are shown to a table. The dining room reminds me of a railway hotel in the 1970’s; white table cloths, efficient staff in a busy environment. On a Saturday night the dining room is always packed and you have to wait for a table unless you are a resident (or have a reservation). The food is outstanding and has hardly changed over the years. They serve plain, solid food, in large portions, and at a reasonable cost. The Mixed Grill is a meat eater’s delight, with steak, lamb chop, pork chop, sausage, bacon, chicken, egg, mushrooms, onions, peas, tomato, pepper sauce and a vegetable accompaniment (chips etc).
The accommodation is ok, if a little tired. We were in the new wing which had a small patio area outside each room. Rooms are large and have en-suite facilities. We found the TV reception to be poor. We paid £170 in total, for 2 adults, dinner (3 courses + tea/coffee), bed & breakfast, for 2 nights, which is exceptional value. I will be returning and have no hesitation in recommending this place. Just don’t expect 5 Star facilities.
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