The Old Schoolhouse Inn

100 Ballydrain Road, Castle Espie, Newtownards, Belfast, Co. Down, BT23 6EA, Northern Ireland
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The Old Schoolhouse Inn: Antrim

It's over 30 years since we opened the Old Schoolhouse Inn and many a memorable and enjoyable meal has been had in our award winning restaurant since then.

We then opened our hostelry to guests from near and far, greeting them and inviting them to stay in our excellent accommodation.

A friendly face, a good meal and a comfortable bed for the night, just the ingredients required for the businessman and weary traveller alike to enjoy their stay with us.

Will Brown Schoolhouse Restaurant
The restaurant is located in the Old Schoolhouse building which is full of character and ambience. It is widely regarded as one of Northern Ireland's greatest restaurants.

Will Brown started his cooking career in London with Marco Pierre White at the Mirabelle in Mayfair aged 17. He then returned to Belfast were he worked in the well established Roscoff under Paul Rankin. He then moved to London and during a three year stint he worked at The Square a two Michelin star restaurant in Mayfair and The Glasshouse.

The fundamental backbone of his dishes remains unchanged. Impeccable seasonal ingredients are accurately cooked and brought together on the plate in a harmonious, elegant, yet satisfying manner.

Listed in Good Food Guide 2015
John and Sally McKenna Guides 2015
Michelin Bib Gourmand
Best Restaurant in Ireland
Best Chef in Ulster
Winner of Grub Club 2015
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AAndzia - Ireland
June - 2018
Christmas time Place is so.nice and quite room are big and bed is comfortable next door there is Restaurant very good taste and food looks nice but small portion for me was good but what we loved the most was lady who did breakfast for as we enjoy so much amazing breakfast super nice specially the bread guinnes one. We recommend this place for sure staff nice and helpful.
Bill H
April - 2018
"Would recommend the Old School Inn for business or pleasure" I stayed at the Old School House Inn for two night on business. It's in a very quiet location near Strangford Lough. My room was very comfortable and breakfast was excellent. The owner, Terry, and his wife are very friendly. Culinary skill must run in the family as Terrys' son is the chef in the restaurant attached to the guest house. I ate in there one night, (it isn't open on Monday and Tuesday). You couldn't say the restaurant is cheap.......but it is spectacularly good! Can't sat a bad thing about the place
kk72018 - UK
April - 2018
"Fabulous Night Away!" What a beautiful spot! Our room was stunning, with unique little features that just made the room even more special! We booked a Dinner B&B rate and the food was unbelievable, could not fault it or the fantastic staff in the restaurant! Terry and his wife were the perfect hosts. They made us a beautiful breakfast and were so friendly giving us great tips for things to do in the area! This place is a definite must for a relaxing night away! We will 100% be back!
March - 2018
"Snowy stay" Overall excellent stay, highlight was the restaurant which was amazing and food is top quality! Staff all very friendly and accommodating. Room was comfortable/clean and breakfast was good quality. Highly recommended!!
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  • Restaurant Features
  • Multiple award winning restaurant
  • Warm and friendly service
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Impeccable seasonal ingredients
  • Accurately cooked and brought together
  • Harmonious, elegant and scrumptious
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