The Hillside

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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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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
1 review
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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PeterM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food and service . Hadn’t been in for good since lockdown but will definitely be back soon

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GordonR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The quality of the food, menu selection and price points, and first class attentive service all made for this To be a very pleasant experience! Highly recommended.

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BernadetteM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff where friendly & efficient whilst maintaining Covid protocols. Food was amazing with a wide choice available that suited all of us. Pleasantly surprised at the bill, excellent value for money.

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Soji47
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Delicious food, great ambience and friendly, attentive staff. Very good value for a top notch bistro meal. Sat upstairs in a quiet area table for 2. Felt safe as all staff were wearing masks,social distancing adhered to. Restaurant very clean. Sanitiser on arrival. We will be back

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Tidel
Wicklow
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal yet again! October offer great value.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service

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MarcusM
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice evening meal at the Hillside, a secret gem in the heart of Hillsborough Co Down. Great Ambience, Great food! Will be back

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BexL
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

The standard of food has definitely dropped but the price certainly hasn't!
Very disappointing as the last meal we had here was great and we love that we can bring our dog in too. Unfortunately we will not be back for food.

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KA22
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food few families with children but no children’s menu really needs addressed.

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OpenTable Diner
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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EmilyS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, felt safe and friendly. Food was delightful!

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LauraK
Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night and excellent service! The food was delicious and the staff were very accommodating to us! We will be back!!

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Vberg
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We enjoyed the atmosphere. The food is normally excellent.

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Grub
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top class food, friendly staff and pet friendly...could not fault

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Juliec
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and atmosphere, great but a little overpriced for lunch menu.

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Tidel
Wicklow
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal on September set menu. Great value for money, we will definitely be back! Felt safe as tables were well spaced.

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CardellM
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as ever!!

4th visit this month and looking forward to trying the new meal deal in October Cx

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JohnG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable value , second time in Sept and was as good as the first. Would definitely recommend if doing it in Oct.

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

Loved the bar seating area and the atmosphere. Got a really good offer on the Sept eat out scheme.

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Kat13
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed in the standard of the food. Fell well below expectations. First time at the hillside and last time there! Would not recommend. Definitely not for vegans - there was only one Vegan option!!! Too expensive for the quality of the food served!!!

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MandyM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very accommodating when we had to change time. Friendly staff very patient with an older generation. Very tasty food, great value for money

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hillside is now our new go to. The staff are fantastic and the precautions in place make you feel comfortable. Staff very much go the extra mile! Fantastic

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BeverleyM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First class food and service in nice surroundings.

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

First time out since covid. Lovely vibe and lots of social distancing.
All the staff had masks and plenty of space between the tables.

Staff were very attentive and food was great!

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CardellM
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as ever - huge portions - great service - excellent food - hoping the meal deal will be kept on into New Year Cx

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ClifyD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went as part of the extended September 'eat out to help' offer. Food excellent with the set menu great value. Service also excellent. Without being asked waiter noticed our table was wobbly and came over and fixed it.

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Anne
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was excellent, the service was good. Our only criticism was that our table was in a position where other diners, none of whom wore masks, were able to walk close to us as they moved about the restaurant.

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PaulS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Will never be back back food eqs terrible and service wasn't far behind it.

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TanyaG
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good really tasty - portions good size - staff friendly - nice atmosphere.

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CardellM
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As awesome as ever - huge portions!! Definitely recommend Cx

FAQs

The Hillside is rated 4.5 stars by 166 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.