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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 modern Irish inspiration by the Lough

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Ensconced in the Down countryside by Strangford Lough, The Old Schoolhouse turns out modern cooking that's full of lively inspiration. Seafood is a strong suit, perhaps for crab with a smoked mackerel fishcake, beetroot and apple, or in scallops teamed with pork belly, Alsace bacon and butter beans. Duck from a local farm is served as breast and a roll of confit leg and shredded potato, with creamed cabbage and puréed carrot aromatised with star anise, while mussels are given a main-course marinière spin with Armagh cider, shallots and buckwheat. The signature dessert is high-powered chocolate marquise with intense vanilla ice cream, cocoa nibs and honeycomb.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 3.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Will Brown

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 27
  • Wines over £30: 26
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6
  • Main course from14.50
  • Dessert from: £7
  • 2-course lunch from: £14.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £17.50
  • 2-course dinner from: £15
  • 3-course dinner from: £20
  • Tasting menu from: £45
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

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