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Browns Bonds Hill

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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
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US$6 - US$63
Irish, European, British, Contemporary
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The flagship of the Browns group sits on the east bank of the River Foyle and comes with a plush lounge and an intimate, art deco style dining room. Th...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I cannot thank you enough for making my wife’s 40th such a perfect evening. The food blew us away. My third Brown’s tasting menu and the best to date - delicious, inventive, beautifully presented. All the more enjoyable because you paced the service of each...course and wine just perfectly. As I coeliac, I was so impressed how the chef tweaked dishes for me to make them gluten-free, never compromising on quality. The cod was one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever eaten. Duck with kimchi a revelation! It really is a fine dining experience that would rival more famous places, but with no stuffiness. You are a real credit to Derry. We are coming back in a couple of weeks!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had such a gorgeous meal here on Sat night with my husband. We had 2 x vegan tasting menus with wine pairing. We had stopped going over the last while as the menu hadn't changed much over the last couple of years and although delicious...it was samey but there were lots of new elements to the tasting menu this time. From the green tomatoes with smoky salsa to the falafel curry to the unbelievable chips with vinegar dust... The wine pairing is so worthwhile as it usually leads to each of us trying wines we would have steered clear of when ordering ourselves; prosecco with amuse bouche through the sauvignon blanc and into the reds were all lovely. The dessert wine was among the nicest I've had (high praise as I'm normally not a fan at all). Moreover, for those with any element of anxiety around Covid controls, the new layout is really lovely and spacious with tables well spread out and staff clearly adhering rigorously to protocols around masking, and hand sanitiser visible. Looking forward to going back soon.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our first visit post lockdown and refurbishment. The new interior is stunning - loving the Art Deco vibes. No amuse-Bouche but the breads were as delicious as ever. 3 of us had the beef carpaccio and one had the French onion soup and...we were all very pleased with our choices. Mains were sea bream and fillet steak and again truly scrumptious - the chips were also amazing, better than ever. We all managed desserts and were very glad we did. Staff as always were professional, courteous and knowledgable. 100%More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The only difference between Browns Bond hill and the rest of the restaurants in Derry is that Browns don't serve tobacco onions or pepper sauce and the price for what you get. My expectations were high but the reality was 5 really really poor courses...with 3 bordering on the worst courses I have ever had in any restaurant. We opted for the tasting menu as the ordinary menu had such a limited choice with only 4 main courses 2 of which were steak, really with all the different proteins in the world the abundance of fish vegan and vegetarian options available to have 50% of your choices limited to steak is not fine dining it's more a bar food type offering. Tasting menus offer chefs the opportunity to be creative so they can design dishes that showcase their skills free from the limitations of keeping the ordinary punter happy with everyday run of the mill dishes you can get anywhere else. In this case the menu consisted of 7 courses, 2 of which were stunning the bread course was excellent and the gin cured salmon dish was beautifully seasoned, elegant and well presented exactly the kind of dish you would expect on a tasting menu and I would recommend anybody try them. The beef bon bon was fine also and the wine list is very comprehensive and has some exceptional wines on it. The rest of the meal was not up to any sort of standard with really below average dishes, no attention to detail, seasoning was a huge issue throughout the menu most dishes were bland but some were so over seasoned that they were inedible. We paid nearly €430 for 4 tasting menus and 2 bottles of wine which is fine if what you are getting is of a decent standard, but if what are you getting is the same or worse than any other restaurant in Derry that would charge you €200 for the same this is when the price becomes a problem. The cod dish was so over seasoned that even the water that accompanied the dish (the server called it smoked bacon dashi but it was coloured water with no taste whatsoever) could not make it edible and 4 of the plates were only half eaten but as with all other courses no one asked if everything was ok. 3 out of the 4 dishes with crab had several pieces of shell in them this is not acceptable in any establishment and when the waiter came to lift the dishes he looked at the plates but never asked was everything ok. Now if your server does not ask when he sees shells left on a plate was the dish satisfactory then you wonder if this is such a common occurrence that they don't ask. Duck Spring-roll and steak chips and bernaise sauce. Both dishes were massive and the duck could have been any meat it was devoid of flavour and worse than your average Chinese takeaway. The chateaubriand steak was bland, under seasoned, undercooked, tough (which takes some skill to make a fillet steak tough) had no char or texture whatsoever and is one of the most disappointing things I have ever eaten. The sauce overpowered whatever flavours the fillet was supposed to be marinated in, the purée was insipid had no flavour at all or texture and again when the server lifted all 4 half eaten plates nobody asked was your main course ok, again this is either lack of training or such a regular occurrence that staff don't ask for fear of the answer. Finally how the last two "courses" make it onto any menu beggars belief. Blitzed up shortbread and ice cream with poached fruit; tasteless (but had texture for a change) and so uninspiring that any home baker would not serve this as a dish let alone any chef and the strawberry and lemon palette cleanser was equally as bad. I offer my feedback in the hope that your restaurant does not go the way of Browns sister restaurant in Letterkenny starts off well but quality gradually gets worse over time and the restaurant has to close down because nobody wants to pay premium prices for subpar food. Browns undoubtedly has some wonderful chefs and hopefully they can be allowed to be more creative and not try to be the same as all the other restaurants in Derry doing steak and chips, duck spring rolls and brown bread ice cream et al. all dishes from the 80's. Most people when they eat out want to have something they can't make at home like the gin cured salmon dish, the delicious mushroom bread or the beef Bon Bon so maybe more of these type of dishes on tasting menu and keep the steak and run of the mill stuff for the ordinary menu, quality is remembered when price is forgotten but price is remembered when below average is produced.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago

A regular at Browns we experienced a not so great meal and worse customer service on our last visit, as a curtesy I sent feedback via Private Message on Facebook before I wrote a review(I have written great reviews in past). They read the message...and did not reply, I gave the benefit of the doubt and emailed my complaint and again absolutely no reply. I find this terrible customer service and even worse that their Facebook page gives an error message if you try and leave a negative review. Browns is no longer the venue it used to be and that wow factor is now sadly lacking, we have street food vans like Pykes n Pommes serving better tasting food these days than Browns. So many more better options in Derry these days, we wont be backMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago

The food here is really just next level, and the service matches the quality of food perfectly. We had the tasting menu, and the standouts were definitely the steak and the brown bread ice cream. Every time we come here we have the loveliest time.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

This fine restaurant is faultless in every way. The friendly and efficient service is not matched anywhere I have been in the town. The food was first class and the wines recommended perfectly matched with every course. In attendance were myself my son and my...granddaughter, all were pleased and happy with their meal and the relaxed comfort of the hour or so we spent there. The only thing missing for me was a younger persons menu. I have an eleven year old great granddaughter who loves restaurant eating out but is as yet a little too young for the menu offered.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking forward to our first visit to Browns Bond Hill after recently visiting their Sister restaurant Browns in Town. The setting is nice and our table was tucked away in a quiet corner of the restaurant. The menu choice was limited but provided...a good selection of Local produce. I opted for an Irish mozzarella salad starter and Irish Pork main course. My wife went for the special starter of ham terrine and then a sirloin steak for main. In the main the food was OK. We had no complaints other than there seemed to be a lack of seasoning. We also were not blown away with the experience. There wasn't a stand out meal that we could suggest for others. The service was very good.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For somewhere that the head chef was on “great British menu “ we were expecting a little bit more and didn’t get the wow factor.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good fine dining experience. Super venue immaculately presented. Very professional staff. A picture on a plate. I do have to say that both parties at our table discussed a lack of flavour with the sea bream and the surf n turf. A little too...subtle. So 4* not 5*. All in all very good still.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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On street parking outside restaurant but cant always guarantee space
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Hi it is a small space so nowhere to run about etc but then again it is a restaurant not a play park!! As for facilities, high chairs are available & the sofa style seating can accommodate little ones too. The champagne... More
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Browns Bonds Hill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5