Eat and Drink in Down District Council
Down District has a wide variety of good quality eating establishments. Whether you want a quick bite and a pint of Guinness in a country pub or gourmet dining, Down has something to suit all tastes.
Evening entertainment is available in many of the local public houses and hotels in Ardglass, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan, Clough / Seaforde, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Dundrum, Killough, Killyleagh, Newcastle, Saintfield, Saul and Strangford.
From the sophisticated sumptuousness of the Oak Restaurant to the Lighthouse Lounge serving fresh and healthy delights such as smoothies, salads and sandwiches to a perfect pint by the fireside in the Percy French, your appetite and expectations will be well and truly satisfied at the restaurants in Down.
At Brunel's, chef Paul Cunningham's local foraging skills, hand-picked suppliers and inspired flavour combinations come together to create some of Northern Ireland's best restaurant food. Exquisitely presented dishes more than deliver on flavour; prices are reasonable, too.
On a working 162-hectare farm 5km northwest of Newtownards, this foodie emporium incorporates a bakery, butcher and deli, plus fruit, vegetable and dairy sections. Everything is produced on-site or sourced from the surrounding area. If it's not picnic weather, try the restaurant dishes, such as pork-and-honey mustard sausages, in a panoramic dining room overlooking the lush farmland, Scrabo and the lough.
On the 1st-floor restaurant at the Balmoral Hotel on Warrenpoint's waterfront, TV chef Ray McArdle's fun approach to fine Irish produce plays out on an ever-changing menu in dishes such as black-truffle soup with bacon and Guinness mousse. A more casual menu is available downstairs in the Anchor Bistro, with dishes like beer-battered haddock and chips.