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Recommended Pubs and Restaurants in County Down

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There are a total of 34 premises in this area.

Daft Eddys
Daft Eddys Sketrick Island
BT23 6QH
(028) 9754 1615 (T)

Relax with a good pint and some great food while looking at the picturesque view of Sketrick Castle and the yachts in the Whiterock marina. A busy place in the summer so book a table. The name comes from the illegitimate son of the Londonderry family at Strangford Lough.

He was left with a local family (Whites) where he grew up to work with smugglers. He died at their hands in a shoot out in Newtownards. He was always seen late at night with a lantern and the locals would say it "was only Daft Eddy". Spot the three windburned witches!


The North Down House
The North Down House 101-103, Mill St
BT23 5EH
(028) 9187 4554 (T)

Hard to get parked nearby but worth the effort. Downstairs is old fashioned and the open games room at the back can be noisy. Bar can be very busy. The side lounge runs under the stairs and has lots of memorabilia, including Comber Whiskey. Upstairs is the T.T. (Tourist Trophy - an old motorcycle race) Lounge.


The Harbour House Inn
The Harbour House Inn 4 South Promenade
(028) 4372 3445 (T)

Situated at the far end of Newcastle, on a small cliff edge overlooking the old harbour (and next door to the local RNLI station, in case you topple into the sea?), the Harbour Inn is remembered by many people from the 60s when it was akin to a beirkeller but serving proper Guinness (single & double) against a backdrop of folk music.

Today it boasts a fine view of Murlough and Newcastle beaches, some 25 feet above the original owners house, built in the mid 1800s. It now has accommodation and a good 70 seat restaurant - The Stone Boat (from the commercial boats hauling the granite slabs that pave Belfast, London & Liverpool.


The Bucks Head
The Bucks Head 77-79 Main Street
BT33 0LU
(028) 4375 1868 (T)

This pub/restaurant has been here many years and has had many owners. What has never changed is the quality of the food and the relaxed feeling in the bar or the large back garden. A stop-over for bus tours and family outings at the edge of the main road. Yet, upon entering, the traffic noise disappears and it is easy to linger over a good meal.


The Maghera Inn
The Maghera Inn 86 Ballyloughlin Road
Maghera village
(028) 4472 2236 (T)

Taken over and refurbished, it has lost its advertising as the "perfect little country pub" as it now looks like an old Belfast 70s spirit grocer pub. A friendly pub serving home cooked meals for families. It is not far from the local riding stables and Tullymore and Castlewellan Forests. You might even bump into the famous Bernard & Kerry Sloan from Whitewater. Just be careful coming out as it is situated on a blind bend. The lounge has been extended into a large restaurant and some of the flavour has left the place. However, the staff are good and the food is excellent - a must try if you are in the area.


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