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“Simply the best! Excellent food and great service.”

The Mitre - Culloden Hotel
Ranked #10 of 52 Restaurants in Holywood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 6 January 2014

My family recently had the pleasure of enjoying a Festive Afternoon Tea at the Culloden Estate & Spa just outside Belfast. In family tradition we meet before Christmas in a local hotel. This was the first time we had chosen the Culloden and we have already decided it will become our traditional venue of choice. With ease we reserved a table over the phone a couple of weeks before. The whole experience was memorable from start to finish. We were greeted on arrival by a friendly and courteous manager called Peter and taken to a beautiful table overlooking Belfast Lough and a direct view of the famous herb garden within the grounds of the Culloden Estate & Spa (worth a visit!). Although the Mitre restaurant (where we dined) and Crozier lounge (just to the right when you enter) were busy, especially in the run up to Christmas, we felt as if were the only party there as our dedicated server checked on us throughout our time there as well as another manager called Jeff - not too often, but just the right amount to remind us they were there to make our time all the more enjoyable. The ambience was relaxed and the hotel was beautifully decorated, elegant and stylish. Each table had a miniature poinsettia which was a nice touch.

As we had come for Festive Afternoon Tea we only had to choose our hot drinks. There is a fabulous selection of fine teas and coffees and the staff are only too willing to recommend one that may suit your preference. The best part was when our server came out smiling with a beautifully stacked selection of pastries, sandwiches and scones (which were still warm!). Having experienced many 5 Star hotel afternoon teas, I can say with ease that the Culloden surpassed all of my expectations by presenting such a fabulous festive fayre! There was a generous range of various freshly filled finger sandwiches, salmon in mini croissants (my favourite) and a selection of vegetarian sandwiches. We had mentioned this at the time of our reservation and it was duly noted as my sister had her own plate of several vegetarian filled sandwiches. The pastries ranged from macaroons, festive mince pies, chocolate eclairs, Baileys' (!!) shots with candied orange and even white chocolate shortbread. There was so much that we weren't even able to finish it all, but we were able to take anything we didn't eat home in beautiful little boxes to enjoy at home. Our whole experience was finished off with a glass of champagne, which you can enjoy for an additional charge (definitely worth it, especially if you are there for a special occasion) and we were then left free to enjoy the view for a little longer until we had to travel home.

The staff made the whole experience so memorable, nothing was too much trouble. The food was fresh, tasty and the presentation was impeccable. Top tip: don't eat before you go, this is no ordinary afternoon tea. Will we be back? Definitely... why wait until Christmas, there are birthdays and other occasions which will give us an excuse to return sooner! A great place to start off the Christmas festivities.

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Thank NEA04
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Reviewed 12 December 2013 via mobile

At a recent event I was attending in your hotel I was highly impressed with a barman by the name of Padraig.
His skill and customer service is a credit to your hotel,he went out of his way to accommodate out choice of wine and was a breath of fresh air to his trade.

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PM

Thank reca123
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Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

Visited here for Sunday lunch with my wife and son as part of my wife's birthday celebration. The restaurant has a lovely setting overlooking the gardens and Belfast Lough. The staff were excellent and very attentive offering a silver service meal. Food was very good, plentiful and superbly cooked. The 4 course meal cost £30 per head but is well worth it.

Thank Rodney B
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

My nephew won a voucher for 2 for hi-tea at the Culloden - my cousin and I booked our tea for the afternoon, the staff are most helpful but as for the quality that came from the kitchen, was a huge disappointment |! For an amount of £25.00 per head I was in shock as to the quality of the food given the croissant with the salmon and lacking cream cream cheese was a left over from the day before, the sandwiches were not made with fresh bread as for the fillings very boring - none of the sweet faire was home baked, all purchased and honestly not enough ! Overall for the amount of £50.00 for 2 people I would seriously relook at the whole package for a 5* hotel its a joke ......

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4  Thank carol d
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Staying in the hotel for a couple of nights we decided to eat within the Mitre restaurant with a couple of friends.
On arriving at the restaurant we were greeted by Ryan who shown us to our table with menus and offered would we like a drink whilst deciding on what we would have to eat.
Adequate time was given to decide what we would like. Whilst waiting on our starters we received a complimentary course from the chefs which consisted of smoked duck and white truffle emulsion. This was enjoyed by all.
To start we had the spiced pumpkin soup with chicken ravioli, chicken ballentine and the salt and chilli squid. Plates were cleared by everyone!
For mains 3 people ordered pork belly with the 4th ordering the steak. Pork belly was served with champ and veg and steak was served with Roast potatoes and veg so no extra sides were needed, due to portion sizes being great. Both meats were very tender, cooked well and tasted lovely.
For desserts 3 ordered deconstructed the chocolate and peppermint cheesecake and the 4th had the apple sundae with black pepper ice-cream. Again desserts were lovely, only note to say about the cheesecake is it requires some type of biscuit to accompany it.
Tea, Coffee and petit fours were served after we finished the desserts.
From arrival until we left Ryan and other staff looked after us well.
Will definitely be back for another fine dining experience!!

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Thank Lorraine R
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