Mark's Alehouse
Recommended Pubs and Restaurants in County Down

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There are a total of 34 premises in this area.


The White Horse
The White Horse 49-53 Main Street
Saintfield
BT24 7AB
(028) 9751 1143 (T)
www.whitehorsesaintfield.com/ (W)
info@whitehorsesaintfield.com (E)

Tastefully done in wood & bare brick with varnished wood floors. The old ground floor Bistro is now an extremely comfortable restaurant/lounge hosting weekend music. The upper floor has been opened to give a small but quiet lounge using stone walls and leaded windows. Great staff, great food. Worth seeking out.

ALEHOUSE WINNER


Lizzie Drakes
Lizzie Drakes 228 Moira Road
Lisburn
BT28 2TP
(028) 9262 1538 (T)

Once the Maze Railway Hotel, an excellent venue for a quiet drink or a superb meal (make sure to be early as last meals are about 9.30). On the right hand side is a quiet little public bar with a real fire. To the rear is a lounge/restaurant and a long corridor to the toilets with some games machines.

To the left is the main lounge and eating area with comfortable seating. A real fire in a brick fireplace makes for a warm welcome on cold nights. There is a patio/yard with seating but is mainly storage. Music on Sundays. The owners, Malachy & Veronica (now retired but still to be seen) & son Connor, are friendly and so are the staff. Be careful crossing the road from the car park.

ALEHOUSE WINNER


Enniskeen Hotel
Enniskeen Hotel 98 Bryansburn Rd
Newcastle
BT33 0LF
028 4372 2392 (T)
www.enniskeenhotel.co.uk/ (W)

Old style opulence and a relaxed atmosphere, the hotel is set off the road in its own extensive grounds with a great view of the nearby Mournes. Original wood paneling and fireplaces. Twelve furnished rooms. Great for afternoon tea, especially after a walk in Tullymore Forest just up the road. Friendly staff. Nice understairs open lounge. Good food.


Grace Neill's
Grace Neill's 33 High Street
Donaghadee
(028) 9188 4595 (T)
www.graceneills.com/ (W)
info@graceneills.com (E)

From the old world charm of the dark public bar ("Ireland's Oldest Bar" according to the Guinness Book of Records - opening 1611) to the plush opulence of the airy Library lounge and on into the back restaurant or outside to the patio, there is something here for everyone. The front bar has a low wood ceiling and painted tiled floor. The bottom part of the counter itself is original. Two small lounges are to one side, now connecting, one with a TV.

Up four steps is the rear library lounge that has, as the name suggests, lots of books, comfortable seating, high ceilinged roof and sports a piano. Here too are the toilets, including an invalid toilet that is restricted by the steps from the bar. Note the Guinness labels, and be sure to read about the Beer Scooter and the famous Battle of the Copelands. The premise hosts quiz nights and live music. Parking is at the rear through a restricted passageway, so be careful. Thanks to Raymond for the tour and I must get back to sample the food, maybe even see the ghost?.

James Joyce Award plaque on being an authentic Irish pub.


The Old Inn
The Old Inn Main Street
Crawfordsburn
BT19 1JH
(028) 9285 3255 (T)
www.theoldinn.com (W)
info@theoldinn.com (E)

An excellent place to wine and dine after a drive around the coast or a visit to the local Country Park. Money permitting, a good place to stay as well - be it in the 4-poster bed (which I tried), the cottage or just a standard room.

Dating back to 1614 the hotel has had notables stay such as C.S. Lewis, George Bush, Peter the Great of Russia and Dick Turpin (we do not know if he treated Black Bess to an overnight stay). Nice staff - they do get trained well.


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