The Cloth Ear

4.4
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103 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Irish
The Cloth Ear provides patrons with a pleasing twist on the quintessential Irish Pub. We are nestled in the oldest quarter of Belfast and we’ve woven a rich seam of our wonderful Victorian heritage into what is ultimately a thoroughly modern experience. At The Cloth Ear the welcome is warm and the atmosphere convivial. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the gentle art of conversation.
Our drinks list combines classic creations and innovative ideas. From punch bowls to hoptails and wine by the keg, we’ve carefully crafted an eclectic array of drinks to quench your thirst, tickle your tastebuds and get the conversation flowing.

We are story tellers and we look forward to hearing your story too.
No shaggy dogs, no braggarts, no windbags. Just tall tales,

All Tables reservations are for dining unfortunately we do not take drinks only bookings.
What 103 people are saying
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NicolaM
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect with lovely wait staff. Loved the music playing too.

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MikeC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steaks and chips I've had for a very long time. I'll be back!

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Dano
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Staff were very helpful but we ordered 2 steaks costing £50 and they were incredibly tough. Took a major effort to cut through them with the steak knives.

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LisS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food. Very quiet on the day we went.

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CaoilainnK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! The food was also delicious and the perfect size of portions.

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RYAND
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

While the cloth ear is a nice setting, drinks where fine and service was perfect.
The food was mediocre at best, for the price of the food I would have expected better unfortunetly. We had the ham hock for starter and it was very dry, my wife has the chicken curry which was dry and the bread that came with it was lacking any flavour. I had the steak which was fine, but for the price I have had better elsewhere in Belfast for less.

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JimK
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, service and location at a reasonable price.

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RDev
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good was good ... service was a bit slow but we weren’t in a hurry

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Amanda
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent particularly for myself and my sister who were gluten free and dairy free. The chef and waitress were very helpful.
Thank you for a very enjoyable meal.

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VikkiM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Felt very comfortable and the server was nice to have let us stay longer after the food before the next reservation

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ClareD
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by Shea, Who was attentive polite& very helpful, He also went out of his way to try and get an Appointment for a Spa Treat,
Unfortunately they were fully booked up. Food was excellent very nice Haddock & Chips. Will not hesitate to return. Definitely to be Recommended
Clare& Marion.

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AnnE
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was the first visit to the Cloth Ear. Visited with a friend. We were both very impressed with the overall experience. The lunch menu was varied and our meal was served promptly. The quality and freshness of the ingredients was obvious from the taste. The staff were both friendly and professional.

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SharonB
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service and because the 30% off is still on it won’t break the bank! Xx fab!

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MARYC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had prompt and courteous service throughout are time, the portions were very generous and when the team realised that one of our group had a birthday we received a complimentary dessert, which was a lovely touch.

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SarahS
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gorgeous food. Really good size portions and lots of variety.

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AshleyP
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great quality food and drinks in a classy modern bar but in old restored style. Vast choice of cocktails and spirits, make sure you book, definitely recommend!

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GillianP
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really good service and food however its £2 for bacon and cheese on a burger however I asked for just cheese and it still costs £2 which is extreme for a slice of cheese

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CatherineB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Easily booked, lovely surroundings, friendly service, great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, best chowder we both ever had! Polite and attentive waiter that made good drinks recommendations!
Would definitely recommend and go back, too.

JM
JoyceM61
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had drinks and a meal with family members, staff was lovely, we had such a pleasant server didn't get his name but he was from Yorkshire I think he said, he was so attentive and polite. Food was good, we all enjoyed it and will definitely return.

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CatrionaO
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and great service.
We were there on Tuesday evening and there was 30% of the food bill.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting with a cousin who we had never meet before 💕

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Sean
Dublin
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Professional, attentive friendly staff.
Great food 👍 Definitely recommend

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Debs
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely spot to eat. Very well organised regarding Covid 19 regulations ie cleaning, distancing etc. Food was lovely, service good and lovely atmosphere.

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MarleneK
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good, waitress was very friendly and accommodating. Restaurant was fairly quiet but it was Sunday evening.

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VictoriaM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent time spent in the cloth ear. Very satisfying social distancing rules, hand sanitisers dotted about. Relaxed environment given the stress around the current pandemic.
Clear QR code on the tables for contact tracing. We will be back!

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LindaM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and cocktails
Social distancing maintained

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Deirdrew
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was nice i had curry was great ,my husband had fish and chips a bit to much batter on it which was very hard but fish was lovely

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff are extremely helpful

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MichelleB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Spacious booth by the window, wine was chilled, food was tasty and not ridiculously priced. Staff very friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back. Many thanks

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very helpful staff

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JoanneB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was acceptable, my husband’s was a small portion. Good served quickly though the drinks service was poor. Had to wave them over to order and once we ordered it was forgotten about and had to order again. Weren’t giving the table any attention. Considering it is only table service at the moment that was surprising.

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Nemk
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent table service. Good food and social distancing measures spot on. Will be back!

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MelissaS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cloth ear food was delicious, the staff were very friendly and they had a good range of gins.

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RyanA
Dublin
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a lovely meal in The
Cloth Ear and some nice wine also! SERVICE was spot on.

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Can’t wait to go back soon.

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PaulD
N. Ireland
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality bar food in nice surroundings,

Limited menu but done well and presents reasonable value for money.

Fish and chips includes great mushy peas, seafood chowder is tasty, and salt and chilli beef whilst not aesthetically pleasing is super tasty...

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Soph
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was very nice and it was good value with the half price EOTHO discount, however staff were very difficult to get a hold of and it took approx. 40 minutes from being seated for staff to take our lunch order. After eating our main course, it took another 20-30 minutes for the plates to be taken and to get the bill. We ended up not ordering desserts because we didn’t have the time to wait around for service again.

As a result of poor service, we ended up having to pay for three hours of parking for what I had hoped to be an hourlong meal. Multiple other tables looked to be bothered by the long waits for service, however it did not appear particularly busy and staff did not appear to be overly friendly.

It seemed like staff were more focused on getting arriving customers seated quickly than actually serving the already seated customers.

Enjoyed the food with the discount, but probably won’t be back if this is what the service is always like.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Preferred old menu more pub grub in nature.

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Excellent service throughout, and food was perfect.

FAQs

The Cloth Ear is rated 4.4 stars by 103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.