We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Poor Hygiene”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Roark's Kitchen

Roark's Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 1 Dessert in Ballintoy
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, Cafe, British
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Telephone: 028 207 63632 http://www.moyle-council.org/tourism/places-to-eat/details/?id=3 Incredible place to stop and eat and rest next to the sea! Definitely needs to be on tripadvisor!
Lathom, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Poor Hygiene”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

We visited this cafe with the intention of ordering the Soup and Irish Stew as written on the board outside of the cafe. When we sat down, the waitress cleaned our table with a dirty cloth and the salt and pepper mills were on the floor. I could see into the kitchen, and the floor looked absolutely filthy, and the ladies in the kitchen had very dirty aprons on.

We saw the cakes and pastries just sat on the side table, to me, this did not seem a hygienic way of storing food, in the middle of the cafe where people were walking past regularly.

The waitress took our order and I quickly changed my mind because I was not impressed with the standards in the cafe. I ordered a cup of tea and my mum had a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake. My Mum said the carrot cake was nice.

The lady who was preparing food in the kitchen was also coming out to take payments from customers, which is not good practice because money carries a lot of germs.

Upon leaving the cafe, the waitress was sat outside having a cigarette on the customer seating, and picking the dirt from underneath her false nails, which just confirmed my suspicions that the cafe was not hygienic.

I would not go back to this cafe based on the poor hygiene standards displayed on the day.

  • Visited March 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
2 Thank amyclough
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

173 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
198 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Great little place on Ballintoy Harbour”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stopped there for a bite to eat. It's a very small place but cosy. I had a ham & cheese sandwich with crisps. The others had Irish stew. They said the stew was good but a bit too salty.
Nice view here!

Visited May 2012
2 Thank TravellerKitchener
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fantastic find!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

This was a fantastic cafe, set in a atmospheric old cottage with great views of the beautiful harbour. Excellent cafe fare and cakes (made by the waitresses Gran). Very friendly and super value

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Peter R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
South London
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lumpy Bumpy Cake!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Have visited this little gem many times - excellent food and hospitality with superb views - and the Lumpy Bumpy Cake is fantastic! Will continue to return and enjoy it for many years to come.

  • Visited September 2012
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank KCulleton
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Newry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“excellent food”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

this is a tiny little cottage right on the sea front that serves excellent fresh home made food that would suits everyone tasted

Visited September 2012
1 Thank 20511break
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Roark's Kitchen also viewed

Bushmills, County Antrim

Been to Roark's Kitchen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing