The Old Schoolhouse Inn Restaurant

The Old Schoolhouse Inn situated in County Down beside the beautiful scenery of Strangford Lough, is widely regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s leading restaurants. Head Chef, Will Brown uses the best of Ulster’s produce to create simple yet accomplished dishes which reflect their Irish heritage.

Will Brown joined The Old Schoolhouse Inn in February 2012 and in that time has succeeded in firmly placing it on the culinary map having received several accolades to date; the restaurant has been named as one of the top 100 restaurant in Ireland, Will has been named one of the top 10 chefs in Ireland and he has also been tabbed as one to watch by culinary guide, Bridgestone. Will’s success has also extended to television thanks to him taking in part in Great British Menu 2013 where he reached the final heat in London and was nominated as one of Northern Ireland’s top three chefs.

Following a total refurbishment the sleekly designed restaurant that seats 50, offers diners a seasonal menu that combines Northern Irish classics with Modern European ingredients resulting in dishes such as Octopus roulade with shaved fennel and smoked eel to local classics including Strangford Lough mussels - recently rated by a Michelin reviewer as "the best bowl of mussels I’ve had in 10 years."
Will is strongly committed to local sourcing and along with a constant supply of fresh ingredients including seafood fished just a few miles away. He is currently working on creating a new garden to grow even more of his own produce and plans to open his own cookery school in the near future.
The Old Schoolhouse Inn also boasts 12 bedrooms decorated to a high standard, for those who want to enjoy first class food and also spend more time in the area. There is a WWF Wetlands Centre half a mile up the road along with panoramic scenery ideal for walking or golf, just minutes from the Schoolhouse. It is located a 20-minute drive from Belfast.
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Opening times:


Tuesday - Saturday 12:00-15:00

Evening Dining

Tuesday - Saturday 17:00-22:30

Sunday All Day Opening



Lunch Menu £4 - £23.50
A LaCarte £6 - £25
Sunday Lunch
1 Course £13.50
2 Course £17.50
3 Course £22.50

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre
  • Euro Accepted
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
  • Highchairs Available
  • Dogs Accepted Outdoor Dining Area
  • Cocktail Menu
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Baby Changing facilities
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Contact Details

100 Ballydrain Road
County Down
BT23 6EA

Tel: (028) 9754 1182