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The Old Schoolhouse Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Comber B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Hard up for cash”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

I booked a room in the old school house over a month ago and found out that the restaurant had closed. Having tried to contact to cancel I was unsuccessful. Thinking that there may have been a charge for non cancellation which would have been fair, the old school house debited my credit card for a nights stay. Absolutely disgusted and the only reply I got was " you mustn't have tried hard enough to contact us" . Keep the cash, you must need it for the kitchen renovation.#hardupforapoundortwo.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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killinchy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Watch out ulster, sit up and take note the old schoolhouse is about to go viral!!!. just got back from one the most outstanding valentines night meals ever. A simple concise review is this:- the food, simply outstanding, pepared with care and passion, presented with flare and creativity, delivered to our table by a team who had only our pleasure at heart. The service:- faultless, advice on wines and suitable desert accompaniment-in our case ximez sherry to go with our cheese board was perfect.
In short this was as close to perfect as a fine dining experience as you could get. The restaurant will be closed for 6 weeks now to carry out extensive internal renovations, when it reopens I suggest it will very quickly become one "the" places to eat not just in northern ireland but the whole of the emerald isle

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Old Schoolhouse Inn not expecting the beautiful food available in the restaurant. The service was very professional and helpful. And the food was amazing! It is probably one of the nicest meals we had in the UK.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Decided to go here after reading reviews , booked for Sunday lunch, set menu £18.50 a head, very good value , different choice from the norm,we had a duck ravioli, pigeon, and salmon starter all were excellent , main course cod,pheasant, and hay cooked beef, desserts custard tart, creme brûlée , Xmas pudding, presentation excellent although our son was looking forward to a chocolate soufflé but not available, to finish we had petit fours with coffee, only gripe we had was thought the macaroon on outside bit soft, all in all an excellent sun lunch will return near future for dinner,( decor little dated)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

We decided to pay a return visit to The Old Schoolhouse at the beginning of this month, after a gap (we reckon) of about 15 years. Our decision was based on the reports we'd heard about the high standard of food being produced by the young chef Will Brown - and we were not disappointed. This guy, having worked for both Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay (amongst others), took the brave decision to return home to rural Co Down and re-open a restaurant at the family business - and we are very glad he did so! We chose the tasting menu with matching wines (expertly chosen by the restaurant manager Didier). This is never the least expensive dining option, but we opt for it wherever possible. It's the best way to experience a wide variety of dishes - and still have room for them all. It is impossible to pick out a favourite as they were all beautifully executed and presented - and tasted every bit as good as they looked. We started off with a mackerel veloute, accompanied by oyster beignet. Then followed a further four courses (featuring Clandeboye Estate pigeon, halibut, local Dexter beef and cheesecake), rounded off by a chocolate delice. When one considers that food of this standard is already being produced by a chef who is only 26 years old, who knows what the future may hold? Others have mentioned the restaurant decor - and, yes, it has changed little since our last visit. However, a complete refurbishment is to take place right at the beginning of 2013. Frankly, I spent too much time enjoying what was being presented in front of me to even notice the decor. All in all, we wouldn't hesitate to pay a return visit and have already recommended it to friends.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Wordsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was a lucky find on laterooms.com, not only a bargain price but excellent in every way. Very hospitable to my mum in her 80's and limited mobility, we stayed in the Wilson Suite which is accesable from a level entrance..........Coffee and tea sittiing room and breakfast room all very handy, and quite lovely furnished. Excellent library bookcase and lots of local tourist info available. Room was excellently furnished, very comfortable beds and delightful en suite. The operators of this establishment run it very professionally but very much homely and welcoming, all the staff and management are very sociable and cannot offer more to accommodate every need and satisfaction. It was conveniently situated for our research objectives in Comber and Donaghadee, all but a ten minute drive from Comber along the shores of Strangford Lough. The restaurant and food are something else, A La Carte menu and five start food, but worth every penny especially if you like trying new flavours and nouvelle cuisine. Excellently presented and cooked to perfection. The School Room is due a facelift and that is planned, but I hope they keep the original features of The Blackboard, Piano, Master's Desk and Cast radiators and pipework along with the school foundation stone. Didier, the french reastuarant Manager delivers with all the style of a fashionable Parisienne venue, and is a master of his craft. I will definitely visit again, perhaps for a bit longer next time, and some may be surprised to know that this venue is on a twenty five minute drive to Belfast City Centre!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Belfast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

I took my parents to the Old School House in COmber recently - it was my first visit back there for many years. Now under the ownership of the best young chef in Ireland in my opinion, Will Brown is creating a marvellous reputation for himself and his restaurant. My folks are well travelled and know good food when they see and taste it. Likewise I always enjoy a delicious meal. Will has trained under many top chefs in London and further afield such as Gordon Ramsay (but he is so much more polite than Gordon!) His training is evident. His attention to detail is palpable, and the taste of the food and its presentation on the plate is a total delight.
There is a wide choice of dish, an the tasting menu is an interesting alternative to allow you to taste virtually everything! And dont think you can 'skip dessert'! BIG MISTAKE if you do. I have never tasted flavours like what I had on that evening. Congratulations Will an your team. This is the best meal I have had in Northern Ireland, and in fact my folks said that he is up there with the best in the UK.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Old Schoolhouse Inn
Address: 100 Ballydrain Road | Castle Espie, Comber BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Comber
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Comber
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Schoolhouse Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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