The Hillside

4.5
196 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The Hillside is a charming, rustic pub situated in the historic Georgian village of Hillsborough, County Down, only 15 minutes drive from Belfast city centre. The Hillside first opened its doors to patrons in 1752 and has been enjoying a busy trade ever since thanks to our excellent food and drinks selection and our friendly, welcoming service. We are renowned for our roaring open fires in the winter and our pretty cobble stoned beer garden in the summer.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JimG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service and great food , will be back when lockdown is over.

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Andrew
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Booked for Xmas eve. Hoped for a table in the restaurant but ended up sitting directly across form the bar. Disappointed in this.

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CaroleN
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Love the Hillside but our table was upstairs beside the unlit fire and although busy lacked a little ambience.

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Darren
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly staff and atmosphere at the hillside..quality food and beer! Great pub!

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DavidW
N. Ireland
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great character and food as expected enjoyed the night

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TimH
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Staff were extremely friendly and efficient, the steak unfortunately was cold and way too fatty. In fact, worst steak have had I can remember.

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PaulM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dining experience. Faultless in every aspect. Guinness like a Dublin early house too!! What's not to like!!?

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RobinB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

4 of us booked for lunch on Tuesday 22nd Dec , place was not overly busy about 20 in place .
Got drink fairly quickly & ordered starters & main , all fine & food was enjoyed by all of us . We were then asked if we wanted desserts , so we got the menu for a look , after 25 minutes no one came back to us for our order , we wanted more drink & desserts , we then decided at this point to just leave . 4 staff just chilling at bar so I paid and left .
Terrible service , be a long time before I return to hillside ..

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TraceyM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch time venue. Cosy and welcoming in the bleak mid winter.

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Ciara
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal in lovely surroundings! Would recommend

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GaryP
N. Ireland
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and the staff are efficient and friendly.

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Ellen
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The ambience was cosy and warm, not too noisy. Food was nice portion size, very tasty and good value. Service was grand.. My only complaint would have the downstairs ladies need checked for paper..

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Trevor
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner.. enjoyed... Will definitely be back

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Kazrs
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, lovely bar. Very safe Covid precautions.

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Christine
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Myself and my two daughters were in the Hillside on Friday 18th for a wee pre Christmas treat i booked a few weeks back and was pleased it was happening everything was perfect except, we had to ask for spoons for our starter's and knives and forks for our meal we asked, for salt and pepper and were given 4 sachets my daughter asked the next table for there's but all ok. I will be back again and hopefully all will be ok

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DawnG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and atmosphere was great . Staff very helpful

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GlynnM
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Christmas dinner of the year & it was delicious !!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catching up with family. It was a lovely evening.

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JennieJ
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit to the hillside was amazing! The staff where fantastic, felt like we had the pub and staff to ourselves. I couldn't fault the staff or the food at all.

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Lynda123
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I did slip on the steps up to the restaurant and our mains arrived before our starters.
However once everything was rectified, we had a delicious meal which we really enjoyed.
We felt very safe in terms of COVID measures.

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GaryP
N. Ireland
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a fabulous bar/restaurant. The staff are all friendly and efficient. I'd thoroughly recommend the Hillside to anyone.

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MichaelM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice service, good atmosphere happy they have re-opened

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GrahamC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be out again, The Hillside had a great set-up all things considered. The table service was excellent and the food was delicious. Thank you

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JohnK
London
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was poor. Food was poor. Very disappointing!

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AnisaW
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely as always. Looking forward to my next visit.

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Melanie
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and the atmosphere was great.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual

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Kate
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went back after another lockdown. All set up with good social distancing and all table service! Food was amazing as always!
Loved it 🥰

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FrazerS
N. Ireland
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hillside is the perfect place for good food and real ales always on tap.

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HelenC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner was excellent.
Food piping hot & well presented.
Really good value for money too!
Definitely recommend

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WendyL
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was very slow (not busy) and both our rump steaks were very chewy and everything was salty. Sad to say it was disappointing. They did discount our bill (we usually never complain) however we wouldn’t return.

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

The hillside always satisfies, the food was delicious and the staff Very helpful.

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Kate
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful meal in a very cosy bar setting. Staff were so lovely as always. Can’t wait to go back 😊

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SusanE
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely. Katie was just fab. Such lovely service and a credit to the Hillside.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bar food we have ever had would totally recommend to anyone

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Stephie
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to the Hillside as it is an old fashioned traditional pub without a television showing sport in sight! The staff are lovely and the food is fabulous and such good value for money. We are hoping that it opens again soon as can’t wait to try the Christmas menu.

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booking process was quick and easy. Booked a table for two to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. There was a few people eating in the bar as we entered. We weren’t quite sure what the procedure was so we hovered near the door and sanitised our hands. We were greeted by young girl who brought us to our table in the Restaurant We chose two courses, which came with (small) glass of wine, for £15 each. My starter was really lovely, Panko mushrooms with Aioli. Burger which followed was nice, if a little dry. It was a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon and staff were professional and friendly. Would recommend.

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SJane
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thank you for a lovely meal with great service. The offer was fantastic value for money and great portions too.

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ChristineP
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both really enjoyed our food, we both had the chicken burger - very tasty. The Hillside is always our first choice in Hillsborough, as it’s dog friendly, which we love.

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MarkC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were in the bar so noise level understandably a bit louder, haddock well cooked, chips a little hard and more dips than food on the plate. Service good though had to ask for salt and vinegar. Ok nothing special.

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The Hillside is rated 4.5 stars by 196 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.