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The John Hewitt

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Irish, Bar, European, Pub, British
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51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 3768
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 19:00 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 01:00
Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015

This is what we would call a great Irish pub. Good beers & wine, welcoming fire on a cold, wet day and the staff also made us feel welcome. My husband had the soup of the day which was "spot on" for a cold day and I had their onion, potato & smoked cheese tart which was wonderful, my kind... More 

Thank Jenni R
Belfast, Northern Ireland
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

Have enjoyed visiting the John Hewitt bar for many years, for both food & drinks. Took my mother-in-law from oz here for a meal last year & she was very impressed. Great food, plus friendly & helpful staff. What more could one ask? :)

Thank turquoiseluna
Belfast, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2015 via mobile

Popped in on of chance over quiet Easter period, got a table straight away, promptly offered drinks and menu by friendly staff Food was better than expected and reasonable in price Good friendly atmosphere with staff not over bearing . Would recommend

1 Thank referee62
Siena, Italy
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2015

I was used to the pub and i was always happy with it, either the craic at night then the calm relaxing meals during the day. I just visited it with my family, went there for some food, and i found it really worsen. the menù is much shoter, staff is not really welcoming, not at all family friendly and... More 

4 Thank Sidhe2014
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2015

always been a fan of the john Hewitt in the past...called in tonight afte watching a football match and we decided to have a pint there before we went home - literally 1 Got past the doorman - I wasn't remotely drunk - it was 1900...went in to the toilet, got to the bar calmly asked for a pint and... More 

3 Thank niceguycolly
Belfast, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2015

Called on a Friday night after work. Had frequented the bar in the past but hadn't been for some time. The John Hewitt was always a venue for live music and should be congratulated for that. The downside is the total indifference of staff. Glum would be a fair enough adjective. I asked the barmaid for two pints of Guinness... More 

2 Thank ballyjamesduff
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015 via mobile

Been to The Hewitt countless times and never disappointed. Fantastic beer selection, laid back punters, relaxed surroundings and flawless pub grub! They really do the simple things, that so many places get wrong, really really well; an example is their beer battered fish with homemade chips and tartare sauce which is always on the money!

Thank Gmac1974
Derry, Northern Ireland
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139 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Because my husband has been very ill and is on a very limited diet we had been wandering around Belfast looking for a lunch he could eat. Delighted we chose the John Hewitt as the atmosphere was lovely and very relaxed. Excellent service very tasty food and we did not need much tea. Food is fairly traditional Irish pub food... More 

Thank fionnualag
Hessle, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015

A quiet, laidback venue with good beer and music. Not particularly bright or stylish, but enjoyable Will return.

Thank ERYBoy
Southampton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2015

We recently visited the pub to take a look at the International Brigades plaque which is on the back wall. We stayed for an excellent pint and were impressed with the friendly staff and good atmosphere. There are lots of other points of interest around the walls to look at. All in all, well worth a visit!

Thank Alan482013

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$13
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, British
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
19:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9023 3768
The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in the heart of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter. Lunches are served between 12pm and 3pm Monday - Saturday. Live music is played in the bar six nights per week. The bar is completely free from TV’s and gaming machines.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?