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The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 July 2014

This place was recommended by friend - and he knows he food !
Called in for lunch yesterday and certainly wasn't disappointed. Given a table at the window, overlooking the boats.
The menu arrived quickly and the specials explained.
We settled for fish pie, fish & chips and creamy chicken pasta from the kids menu (not the usual boring processed chicken nuggets). The food took a little while to arrived - which made it evident it was all freshly prepared - and well worth our short wait. WOW ! Fish & Chips - huge portion of fish with a lovely fresh breadcrumb coating and fab chips. Mushy peas were amazing and vinegar flavour mayo was yum. My fish pie was just perfect - great variety of fish, delicious sauce and cheesy mash - with a hidden soft boiled egg ! The kids portion of pasta was big enough for anyone. Lovely fresh pasta in a lovely creamy sauce with loads of beautifully cooked chicken breast - faultless !
Desserts had to be had ! Again wonderful - especially the ice cream float with popping candy for my grand daughter - she loved it. It came in separate bowls/jugs for her to assemble herself - which was part of the fun. She could hardly eat for laughing as the candy popped in her mouth ! Great fun - great food ! Thanks Salty Dog - can`t wait to return. (Really fancy a wee overnight stay)

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

For dog owners and others this venue is a must! The staff were lovely and extremely friendly, the food was amazing-the best food i have experienced in bangor, and on such lovely seats outside! We are dog owners and did not have our dogs today. We watched as three different waitors/waitress not only brought a common patrons dog water, but then treats, and then further affection! As someone who loves their pets dearly, i can assure you that the salty dog is somewhere to pop in with your fur children- not only friendly to the the whole family, but excellent service and wonderful food to back it up! Cant wait to return thanks salty dog!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Opalfox
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Reviewed 23 July 2014 via mobile

Visited this place last week and was impressed although service was slow. It is nicely designed and set beautifully beside the water. The sun set is amazing. Enjoyed it so much decided to return with a few friends. This time I was very let down with the service. The young waitress who served us came straight over to take our order and when we asked for a minute she seemed annoyed. She returned a few minutes later and we ordered a few hot drinks. Asked if we could have a late but in a mug instead of a glass and the reply was "we make all our lattes in glasses". I was well aware of this hence why I purposefully asked for the latte to be in a mug!! She was persistent that I couldn't have it in a mug and was in no way apologetic. It was as if I was annoying her. Then another girl asked for a hot chocolate. When she brought the drinks over they were in the glasses which are tiny for the price £2.50 for a very small glass of hot chocolate or late! The hot chocolate came with no cream or marshmallows so my friend asked could she please have some marshmallows to which she got a mumble of a reply and the waitress said she would be back in a second. She did not return and we didn't get the marshmallows. Not a big deal but she couldn't even come over and apologise saying they didn't have any. Just thought she had an attitude and clearly did not want to be there!! Apart from that, the waiters in the place seemed a lot more professional and I witnessed good service at a table next to ours. It is definitely worth visiting this place due to location and the interior design of it. Would probably return but not for a hot drink!!

Stayed: July 2014
5  Thank Raíchéal N
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Called in today for lunch and was really impressed by the welcome from the staff for both two and four legged friends. Great food, excellent variety, and beautifully presented.

Looking forward to the next time

  • Stayed: July 2014
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1  Thank Wendy C
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Loved this place from start to finish. We were welcomed and shown to a lovely table overlooking the harbour. Menu was classic yet interesting - apple ketchup. Great choices for children, well beyond chicken nuggets & chips! I had the battered fish and chips - the fish was sizeable with a very light batter. Chunky chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce accompanied my meal. My daughter had the creamy pasta (and some of my chips!) and ice cream and cookies to finish. While we had coffee the children were given complimentary hot chocolate, which went down a treat. As we were settling the bill - each child was given a seed pot, and instructions, which I thought was a lovely idea. Really enjoyable afternoon.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
1  Thank Sara B
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Went for the deluxe room and got two of the best features of Victorian seaside properties: wonderful high ceilings and huge bay windows. That's where the resemblance to old-school Bangor guest houses ends, though. This is a well-equipped contemporary hotel with an unstuffy atmosphere, comfortable beds and modern bathrooms. One caveat: the floorboards seem to register very footstep, as we discovered when when the guests above us returned in the wee hours.

Breakfast is a treat, although the service was pretty stretched when it got busy. As for dinner, for once I found myself choosing the hotel restaurant not because it was convenient but because it looked good! I wasn't disappointed. And as befits an establishment named after a cocktail, they mix a mean drink.

Picked it in part because it has a reputation for welcoming dogs -- well deserved, as it turns out. Terrific to be able to take a seaside break with our very own salty dog, who was welcomed with biscuits! If you're put off by the dog-friendly policy, then feel free to choose from the 99% of hotels in Northern Ireland that are strictly off-limits for dog owners. Rest assured, though: the place may welcome Spot, but it's spotless.

Room Tip: Deluxe is worth the money.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank EnricoCaruso
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

Going to try and this short but its gonna be hard from arriving there were 7 of us ladies just wanting a wee night away we were made so welcome got to our rooms and meet by a wee toweled swan class down we went to the outside area weather was fab ordered wine tapas amazing we booked dinber in the restaurant can not fault it one bit everyones foid was amazing fresh full of flavour and great value wine list great we went out for a wee tour of as we had never been there !!!and returned to the hotel to finish the night of with a wee whiskey we sat oustide the front with blankets wrapped round us supplied by the hotel lovely touch breakfast the next morning was a great experience from the fry to eggs benedict salmon etc all cooked fresh to order again couldnt fault we settked our bill sat outside enjoying a bottle of vino and nibbles before our taxi lifted us to take us onward to the merchant the salty dog in my eyes is pure 5 star the smallest of details make this hotel a gem the staff our amazing Maeve outstanding who ever trains them would need to go into a few 5star hotels and show them how its done we will be talking about our stay forever boring everyone with all details i will be back again cant praise this small boutique hotel enough find out for yourself x

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank pinogrigo1
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Additional Information about The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro

Address: 10-12 Seacliff Road, Bangor BT20 5EY, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Bangor
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Bangor
Price Range: £95 - £486 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An old Victorian townhouse that’s been beautifully transformed into a stunning boutique hotel overlooking Bangor’s Marina and the Irish Sea. A perfect retreat from everyday hustle and bustle. Friendly staff, gorgeous rooms and great food will make your stay a memorable one. Committed to fine local produce, our highly skilled, award winning chefs, offer a real alternative to Belfast’s restaurants. Whether you’re visiting North Down’s attractions or want a memorable Bangor night out – The Salty Dog offers accessible, nostalgic food in a relaxed setting. ... more   less 
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