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“Our wedding reception. Outstanding.”

The Red Door Tea Room
Ranked #1 of 1 Coffee & Tea in Ballintoy
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $15
Cuisines: Irish, British
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Our wedding reception. Outstanding.”
Reviewed August 30, 2014

My wife and I married on the 28th of August in Ballintoy and hosted our guests, many of whom had never been to Ireland, for drinks, dinner and dancing at the Red Door. Where to start? This delightful little place is run by a family team. The central cogs are Nigel and Joanne, but mum does the baking and the kids wait the tables. From the off they could not have done more for us, and on the day they excelled themselves. Firstly, the food, service, location and value were excellent. More importantly was the atmosphere. Genuinely friendly and anxious to please, they made the evening truly memorable. We were greeted by chilled bubbly in the cabin and the couples daughter Emma and her friend playing the harp and fiddle. The bubbly was accompanied by shortbread baked by Joanne's mum as a surprise for us. The tables were laid out beautifully, and the couple had hung home made bunting and candles all around the garden. After a really super meal the band, which Nigel had sourced for us, arrived with guitar, fiddle, accordian and flute and the dancing commenced. Within an hour we recieved a request that the happy and friendly young staff would like to demonstrate some Irish dancing for our guests, and thus it turned out that the bride and grooms first dance was The Waves of Tory with ten other people! The whole package was simply outstanding. If you are getting married and you want 100 seats in a hotel function room, all with lace covers, then the Red Door is not for you. If you want genuine people who really want your day to work perfectly, lovely locally sourced food, the most delightful of staff, a superb location, great value, great craic and a very personal touch, then you should probably go no further than the Red Door. Thanks for everything guys. Liz and Patrick.

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“Family wedding perfection ”
Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

We attended a family wedding reception at the Res Door and were blown away by the place. Don't let the simple facade and the surrounding farmyard fool you. This place is professionally run by a friendly family and their team of attentive young staff. The food was worthy of any city restaurant and all extremely locally sourced and simply cooked. The owners and staff added so much to this wedding with personal touches and details beyond anyone's expectations. We enjoyed every minute of our day there and the Red Door has earned a very special place in this family's heart.

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“Lovely wee cafe”
Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

After visiting Ballintoy on a really cold day we called in here to get warmed up. Food was beautiful and fresh and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Absolutely Brilliant”
Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was our first visit to this area and the reason was our daughters wedding at the beautiful church in Ballintoy. The reception was at the Red Door Tea Room and was unbelievably good. The food was superb and the owners, family and staff could not do enough for us. Very highly recommended

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“Quaint but snootty young staff”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

Such a lovely spot, cakes delicious and a great size. Coffee was not hot almost cool, and wife ordered a cappuccino and was brought out tea. Young staff member was very short and argued stating the order said a tea. This was second time same girl had been rude. When asked for three saucers she said" how many things do you think I can carry I'm not super strong!" I had a lovely time apart from dealing with this girl. All other staff friendly and service good. Very busy maybe stress of being busy just caused the one girl to forget manners and good service etiquette.

  • Visited August 2014
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