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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Lively bistro and serene dining room in a venerable old house

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At a glance

All day dining
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

A major refurbishment in late 2014 accentuated Balloo House's original historical features, while the additions of darkwood panelling and peacock-blue and tan leather booth seating helped to create an intimate atmosphere. When it comes to the menu, the roast Kilmore pigeon, apple and celeriac remoulade, hazelnut and red wine vinegrette gets the ball rolling, before moving on to Finnebrogue venison liver with a creamy mash and crispy onions or, perhaps, Portavogie prawn stuffed sole, potato gnocchi, wilted spinach and watercress veloute. Dessert might be cranberry bakewell with salted orange caramel and gingerbread ice cream or a chocolate panacotta with passionfruit sorbet, curd and chocolate tuile.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Dinner served until: 9
  • All day dining


  • Chef(s): Grainne Donnelly, Danielle Barry

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 45
  • Wines over £30: 15
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • Starter from: £5.50
  • Main course from14
  • Dessert from: £6.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £15
  • 3-course lunch from: £20
  • 2-course dinner from: £21
  • 3-course dinner from: £27
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 80
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A22 from Belfast, through Dundonald. 6 miles from Comber.

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