Northern Ireland > Belfast
GT2 (564) San Diego County , California | April 25, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Very amazing interior- one of the super English old school pub feels Iíve seen with stained glass and extensive wood work. Awesome privacy booths with high surrounding walls were nice with our group. The beer selection wasnít amazing,but Iím fairly confident there was more than just Whitewater beer on tap/beer engine. Food was fish and chips style with some curries. Typical English fare. At night, it was pretty packed to the gills in here so youíll need a booth to sit down and eat. Very easy here to chat with the locals. Most people were surprised any visitors would come to Northern Ireland, let alone a local pub. But this place was easy to find, on the main drag, not too far from the Capitol building.
Beersiveknown (71) , Northern Ireland | May 8, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
A great historic interior with many of its original fittings. Snob screens, privacy booths and plenty of tiling and giltwork. Beers are all from the whitewater brewery and can be a bit on the pricey side as you would expect from its tourist accessible location. Worth a visit just to see the interior if nothing else!
TrueTrue (16) South Carolina | February 22, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely worth swinging in for a pint. The bar itself is an amazing piece of art.
Standard beer selection, nothing fancy.
Bartenders were fairly quick given the crowd.
Countbeer (201) Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, Netherlands | October 27, 2010
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Nice place, but not for beers. Though I see there are some I havenít had (yet), most of the beers they got everyone knows and are not interesting.
Nice bartenders and the place looks great.
pumpmaster (51) Pembroke Pines, Florida | May 22, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Great place to visit. Packed by noon Sunday! Had 3-Whitewater cask and were introducing the Guinness Black Lager. Donít miss the neighbouring Robinsonís pub.
mweir668 (1) , Northern Ireland | March 13, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Lovely place, great if you can get a seat in the booths, but its always so busy..
Directly opposite Great Victoria train station/Belfastís main bus depot!
cellar (5) Dublin, Ireland | August 4, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great place, thhis pub is world class, beatiful victorian interior. I just love those snugs. Remark the mosaic crown at the doorstep. The story I have heard is the protestant wife demanded there should be a crown present in the pub. The catholic husband chose to place it at the doorstep, so you litterally step on the crown when entering the pub. The service is great, my friend and I ended up cracking jokes with bartenders, when they could see we were interested in the beers and not only to get drunk. A few nice cask northern irish beers.
mjs (33) Helsinki, Finland | July 11, 2008
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
(Visited on 2008-06-29) The pub is very genuine piece of architecture: both from outside and inside. At the time I visited the pub it was packed with people eating, so it was practically impossible to find a seat. They had two Whitewater cask ales and some other draught beer which werenít interesting. Nevertheless, the place is worth a visit just for the decoration.
larsga (209) Oslo, Norway | March 25, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Architecturally this is a real gem of a pub, owned by the National Trust. CAMRA describes it as possibly the UK’s most ornate pub, and that seems pretty reasonable to me. It’s a Belfast institution, and a must-visit. Because of it’s location across the street from one of the most-bombed hotels on the planet (the Europa) it’s been through some restorations, at least one of which is still visible in the pub. Served three Whitewater ales on cask when we were there, one of which is their house ale (Crown & Glory), The other beers are of no interest. That’s about as good as it gets in Belfast. Service was friendly and attentive. No music.
Gazza (163) Worcester, England | September 17, 2006
48 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Built for the inauguration of the rail service from the station opposite (which is hidden behind the Europa hotel), this classic feast of over-the-top Victoriana serves 2 cask ales from Whitewater, one a house beer. The style of the pub reminded me a lot of some of the more gaudy Edinburgh bars such as the Abbotsford and the Guildford. For lovers of trivia, the Europa hotel over the road was once the worldís most bombed hotel - apparently.
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