9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland
BT57 8QG. Tel +44 (0) 28 207 32339. Fax +44 (0) 28 207 32048
The Bushmills Inn
We were on our way to our holiday cottage close to Giants Causeway and being extremely hungry, when we passed through Bushmills and saw this inn, we decided we needed to stop for food and drink.
The original coach house and stables are thought to date back to 1608, the same year that the Bushmills distillery was granted the first licence to distil whiskey. There is a restaurant which offers an a la carte menu and certainly on Sundays, a carvery. The hotel is apparently 4 star and as well as the hotel there is also a cinema and a treatment room.
The hotel/restaurant is situated right on the main street of Bushmills and has parking spaces round the back accessed by going under a rather attractive arch.
I am writing this review from the point of view of a customer arriving on a Sunday afternoon, and wanting something to eat!
When we entered the hotel, we spoke to the staff at the reception desk who were very helpful and courteous. The reception area itself is quite small but beautifully decorated- no need for any upgrade here. Everything looked classy and well maintained.
We were told that the a la carte menu wasn't being served until later but that we would be able to get sandwiches and soup in the bar area. Although we were after something more substantial we were told by a member of staff that there was no where else to eat at that time of the day, so this was our choice. As we made our way towards the bar area we went through a room with several lilac sofas which looked extremely relaxing and as though this was the sole purpose of this room, to sit down, chat and relax. Moving on towards where we could get some food, there was a rather dark room with tables set close to each other, which was right next to the actual bar. We elected to sit in the bar area, and were grateful for the large leather covered chairs and lovely warm open fires. Very cosy, especially with all of the little bits and pieces adorning the place and the small but well stocked bar.
The sandwich menu consisted of soup of the day, which was broccoli, which one of our party elected to have and which came in a small bowl with a couple of pieces of bread. Not something I would have chosen, and although it was deemed to be ok, it didn't especially appeal. However, this being a vegetarian diner, this was the only meal available and had to do! Little miss wasn't especially impressed by the choice of sandwiches which were quite fancy and not something I would have expected in a traditional style pub. She had the salmon cucumber and crème fraiche which came minus the cucumber and heavy on the crème fraiche. I think I got the best meal, the lamb stew which whilst it looked hearty consisted mainly of potatoes, with a few pieces of lamb and some celery thrown in. The bread was tasty though, and I was hungry.
Given that there were very few items on the menu we didn't have much choice, and whilst I don't like to grumble, I do think around £30 was a lot of money for what amounted to a few sandwiches and coffees.
Address: 9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland BT57 8QG
Telephone: +44(0)28 2073 3000
I am writing the review from the view of eating in the bar restaurant and so cant comment on the bedrooms.the décor in the entrance lobby and the downstairs rooms we saw were very cosy and welcoming and the whole place was well maintained and not at all shabby.
The menu in the bar area was very limited and contrary to our expectations offered no real "warming" meals but mostly a selection of overpriced sandwiches which didn't even come accompanied with anything other than a bit of salad; not good for a freezing cold October afternoon. Given that this is quite a family place I would have expected a few more child friendly options but even for me some of the sandwich fillings were just trying too hard to be on the trendy side. My lamb stew was nice enough but when served was just warm not hot as I had expected and the other two meals were mediocre at best.
On the plus side, it has a good reputation and maybe the a la carte menu would be better but the prices of the meals could be a bit daunting!
When we left the bar we actually spotted a place along the road which looked as though it was serving good hearty meals and I wish we had tried that place. Needless to say, we didn't return whilst at The Giant's Causeway.
3 stars because it isn't dreadful but it is for me overpriced.
Thanks for reading