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The Bay Tree

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Audley Court 118 High Street | county down, BT18 9HW, Holywood BT18 9HW, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9042 1419
08:00 - 21:30
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Sun 10:00 - 15:00
Mon 08:00 - 21:30
Tue 08:00 - 17:00
Wed - Fri 08:00 - 21:30
Sat 09:30 - 21:30
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Holywood, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

William and his Bay Tree team provided outside catering for my wife's Birthday Event. Two platters of canapés for starters included mixed Crostini, mini Caesar Salads and preserved Lemon and Cranberry Panzanella wraps. Our Mains - Moroccan Lamb Tangine with preserved Lemons and Apricots and Paprika Chicken with Chorizo and Red Peppers. Finishing off with a wonderful Lemon and Almond... More 

Thank Richard C
Belfast, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bay Tree is our go to cafe in Holywood, mainly due to their amazing cinnamon scones. They genuinely are worth travelling for and will quench anyones sweet tooth appetite. Any other food we have had has always been tasty and served without fuss. Decent coffee and friendly service. No complaints.

Thank Luckyjonny
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Iam from Scotland and travel to Northern Ireland a lot with work, the BayTree is a firm favourite of mine, for breaky lunch and dinner. Sue and her team have been welcoming me in for the past 10 years. The staff are attentive friendly. The menus are always exciting and tasty. The famous scones are epic, and I always take... More 

Thank aw630
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Went in at about midday yesterday with my girlfriend and we had slightly missed breakfast fry up cut off time. We both really fancied a breakfast, but realised it was too late. At the bottom of menu, it said they were flexible so please ask. We asked and they weren't flexible, but it was worth a try. The food was... More 

4 Thank Shaun O
Bangor, Northern Ireland
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

A few years since we last visited here but had coffee and a cinnamon scone on Saturday morning. The coffee was ok but maybe a smaller cup than elsewhere and not sure if the cinnamon accompaniment is best described as a bun or scone. It's certainly a different texture than it used to be and very sweet and I think... More 

2 Thank Epicurean247
willik1980, Owner at The Bay Tree, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for your review! Our cinnamon scones are often called cinnamon buns by customers. We understand! It's an appearance vs taste dilemma. I suppose it qualifies more as a scone because of the ingredients. The most important thing for us is that our customers enjoy them, which in the vast majority of cases they do. However, I understand... More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

The Baytree have rightly had a reputation for excellent cinamon scones. But alas thet can be inconsistent....and sometimes unrecognizable. My last visit mixed the worst of their offerings with a poor coffee. Worse was that when asked how I enjoyed my order, and having been honest in response, there was no action. So from a firm favourite to an avoid.

1 Thank ColinJohnG
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Food delicious, staff charming but a bit noisy for me! Plenty of other diners. Apparently afternoon tea come highly recommended.

Thank nancy m
Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

This place is an absolute wee gem. Lured here many years ago by the legend of the cinnamon scone (of which there is no equal others try but fall far short ) this place never ceases to delight. The food is gorgeous, its as simple as that. One word of caution once you start sampling the menu you will be... More 

Thank MorsesMum1
Lisburn, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Busy atmospheric little resto with good range of options. Chicken burger was a nice melange of flavours with chips

Thank helbabe2016
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Whilst this restaurant is pleasant, it is not worthy of the hype. The food is very upmarket (...) and there is not a wide range. The wait for the food was long and yes, it was very busy, but this is no excuse. Very overpriced for what we got. However the scones were good!

Thank Girltraveller5

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, Irish, Cafe, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
09:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Audley Court 118 High Street | county down, BT18 9HW, Holywood BT18 9HW, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Holywood
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9042 1419
Opposite the police station in Holywood

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