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“Will definitely be back” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Scullery at Scrabo - CLOSED

The Scullery at Scrabo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
belfast
Level Contributor
26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Will definitely be back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

We tried the scullery on Sunday 24 March because we fancied a bit of carvery for sunday lunch. They had experienced problems all weekend with the snow and electricity being off so there were a few things that were understandibly unavailable on the menu. The carvery dinner was still available though thankfully. It wasnt served in front of you as i have experienced with many carveries, instead brought from the kitchen, no big deal though for us. The food was beautiful, turkey, beef and pork slices served on mash potato, with roast potato, veg and gravy. Definitely worth a try for both the food and the view from the restaurant window. We will definitely be back to give the rest of the menu a go!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank spongebobBelfast
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English first
Newtownards, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The Scullery Terrible”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

went to The Scullery 08/03/12 had visitors from Waterford and after reading reviews had booked for 8 of us.

Although they weren't very busy we had to wait over an hour for our food, and the place was very cold.

it was warm when we first came in but the heating must have clicked off and it became very cold 2 of us had put our coats on.
Our food was very good but everything else was terrible we were so cold that we didn't even stay for dessert or coffees.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank Sally209953
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jonnystevenson, Owner at The Scullery at Scrabo, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Thanks for this review Sally. I am glad you found the food to be "very good" as this is one the main principles in running a decent eaterie. Thought I would just fill in the few blanks on your review to bulk it out a little. I can only presume that your laptop/mobile/tablet/PC had keys missing on you were in a rush to leave a full review so I have taken the liberty of doing this for you. I can imagine your review should have read as "went to The Scullery 08/03/12 had visitors from Waterford and after reading reviews had booked for 8 of us. We arrived punctually as the table was booked for 8pm which I know is the time for last orders for the Scullery on a Thursday evening as it is well enough publicised on the Facebook page. Whilst i, and a few friends arrived on time we had to wait for some of our guests for a further 40 minutes!!! Yes, thats right, some of party arrived 40 minutes late which to be honest peeved me a bit as now I had been waiting for 40 minutes without being fed. Scandalous behaviour I am sure you will agree! The Scullery staff should have fed us as soon as we walked in. Fed another couple at our table another ten minutes later and the two that turned up late.....they of course should have been placed at another table enabling us to waltz off, full to the brim and toasty warm whilst waving at them merrily. Instead the silly Scullery staff did something that i have never heard of before in eating out......they waited for the whole party to arrive before taking an order????? Surely this is a silly thing to do. Although they weren't very busy (as all the other customers had obviously arrived before 8pm and were fed) we had to wait over an hour for our food (because of our silly friends), and the place was very cold (as the timer had obviously went off). it was warm when we first came in but the heating must have clicked off (faulty timer presumably) and it became very cold 2 of us had put our coats on. Our food was very good but everything else was terrible we were so cold that we didn't even stay for dessert or coffees. Fortunately dawn was beginning to break as we made our way home which saved us putting our jammies on and we are able to head straight to work"

Dont be thanking me for helping you out on this....I always like to keep the punters informed.
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

Visited The Scullery with my better half on Saturday night. First thing was the service - the staff were very helpful and courteous. Plenty of choice on the menu, I went for the duck whilst my wife had the steak.
We had a (very acceptable) 15 minute wait for our food - nice to know your meal is being cooked to order. Both meals were superb, you can tell that the food is prepared by a 'proper' chef!
This place is great value for money (2 main courses and a couple of drinks each for less than £40). So good that we immediately made reservations for Mother's Day in a couple of weeks.
Looking forward to our next visit to The Scullery!!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Hans G
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Food Lovers Delight - Not Far From Belfast (Vegan on Request)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

I am sure that almost every Chef's nightmare is someone 'picky' who would like to eat 'off menu.' So, it was with cap in hand and baited breath that we approached Jonny Stevenson, the Head Chef and Proprietor of the Scullery at Scrabo.

You see, we’re not the usual Gluten intolerant/fashionable allergy sufferers. Some would argue I am, however, he’s most definitely not! Collectively we’re MUCH more difficult than that. He subscribes to a Vegan diet and it suits me to do so too. This is literally a kitchen’s worst nightmare. No meat, fish, milk, butter, eggs, honey or anything that has come into contact with products of anything on that list. If it had a Mother or a face, it’s off limits.

So, it came to pass. A couple of weeks before our visit I contacted Jonny on Facebook to see if there was any chance of having something vegan. He really couldn't have been more accommodating.

Not only is Jonny a “Masterchef” finalist he is also a really nice guy. He was so attentive, wanting to know what sort of food we liked and didn't seem at all daunted that we wanted to eat right in the middle of a Sunday lunch-time service. When we arrived the front of house staff were expecting us . If you do visit, be prepared for some seriously lovely and genuinely friendly girls waiting your table!

The views are absolutely breathtaking (don’t forget a camera) we were very lucky that the mist broke before we left and were able to take some pictures. We were given time to soak in this magnificent vista of Strangford Lough before they brought out our Mains. This was what our pilgrimage of almost 100 miles had been in aid of.

When we clapped eyes on our much anticipated 'treat' we experienced not only an attractive dish; our olfactory senses were also working overtime. This was one AMAZING Asian fusion dish of Korean fermented cabbage (Kimchi) bhaji's, which incidentally were in the lightest gram flour batter - served on a bed of noodles with a medley of fresh garden vegetables. The broth that came with it was deep and intense with just the right level of 'kick' that you would expect from an Asian inspired creation.

For desert we had the most sumptuous, light and soft sticky toffee pudding. This was no run of the mill offering. This baby had bona fide levels of flavours running through it - rather like dipping your spoon into a sponge version of a robust and emotional Elgar-esque body ripping composition of critical acclaim. Really quite formidable! We were later told by one of the perfect female servers that he even puts some form of 'tea' in it!

This wasn't a meal that was hard to pay either, two mains, two deserts and a couple of drinks each for well under £30. I also have to add that the Carvery looked and smelt divine. Just because I don't eat meat doesn't mean that I can't recognise a proper Sunday Lunch when I see it. You know what I'm talking about - one like your Granny used to make; not from one of those conveyor belt establishments where they buy it in cheap and knock it out with overcooked, watery vegetables and insipid gravy. Hell no, this was most certainly the real McCoy!

OK, so it’s off the beaten track. Yes, you have to drive to get there - but it isn't half worth making the effort. What about the menu? It looks middle of the road and something you could get in an average pub on a typical day of the week. There’s pie, burgers, scampi, fish and chips – not gastronomic sounding I agree. However, when you scratch the surface, this guy is the clever one. You see, the majority of Northern Ireland folk won’t venture out for “foreign muck” they want what they know and recognise. If food has to be pushed around the plate for five minutes before they recognise it – they won’t order it!

In a previous incarnation Mr Stevenson was a Bank Manager. Therefore, it is more than smart thinking to keep the menu plain and maximise on being as busy as possible. This food doesn't need dressing up with a fancy name ... it speaks for its self.

The love and care given to these dishes is clearly obvious when it comes to the tasting. The only thing to detract from the entire meal was the fact that the décor looked rather like that of a Golf Club. However, seeing as The Scullery at Scrabo is located within a Golf Club - it is really of no great surprise!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
2 Thank ConnahsMum
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Transfer test celebration!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Our daughter Joanna has just recently received her transfer test results and we wanted a meal out somewhere different to celebrate. We had a Christmas voucher for the Scullery and decided to use it, so we went as a family, (2 adults, 2 boys aged 13 + 15 and Joanna, aged 11) on Saturday evening. Our table was booked for 7.15pm and when we arrived, unsure of where to go as it was our first time at Scrabo, followed the lovely home cooked smell, until we found 'The Scullery'. First impressions were of a 70's style living room, very dated, no background music, but just a few other diners quietly talking and eating their meals.
We were shown our table, (not shown TO our table I hasten to add) and a drinks order was quickly taken and then served. The 2 waitresses on duty appeared quite young, with no airs and graces, but were working hard and efficiently to ensure everyone received what they'd asked for.
We then ordered our meals, sirloin steak with all the trimmings for the 2 adults, (£16.95), stars and stripes burgers for the boys, (£8.95) and chicken strips and chips and chips from the junior menu for Joanna. The food arrived in good time, on hot plates and looked fantastic! The steaks were enormous, juicy and tender, while the burgers were huge and delicious. This was definitely value for money.
After fighting our way through the large portions we definitely had no room for dessert, but teas and coffees were served and our bill brought promptly when requested.
My overall summary of our experience was; large portions of good quality food in basic surroundings with inexperienced staff. (Don't get me wrong, the staff were lovely but, for example, when asked for a top up of coffee, one waitress lifted my husband's cup from its saucer and took it away to refill it, while they also failed to clear any used glasses / plates etc away from the table until asked. Dirty drying cloths were also slung over a cutlery trolley which was parked beside our table all evening.
Anyway, our kids enjoyed it, we loved the steaks and the bill was reasonable, but the 70's time warp just isn't our scene so we probably won't go back - Sorry Johnny

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Alison M
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