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0The John Hewitt

51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 3768
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (40 reviews)
“fish chowder” (3 reviews)
“proper pub” (4 reviews)
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All hours
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, British
$$ - $$$
51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
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1 - 10 of 242 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

I hadn't been into the John Hewitt for a while and last time I was in, it was OK. I've always known it to be a half-decent, boozy sanctuary for hacks and gossipers where reputations rose and fell. I popped in for a quick pint...More

Thank James R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pub is a great bar for local musicians. We enjoyed a Jaz band the night we were in. Busy good atmosphere.

1  Thank michelle c
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Wandering through the Cathedral quarter, The John Hewitt looked like a normal standard pub, with a good selection of ales. We ordered some food, my wife's fish chowder was the best she has ever tasted. You can see the chefs preparing it towards the back...More

1  Thank Pete N
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Went for a spot of lunch and was really surprised. Food was lovely coudnt fault it in anyway i had the chicken breast with saute greens and chilli salsa and the others had the hake and chips. It was cooked to prefection and is up...More

1  Thank tharper79
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Found this bar after reading reviews on trip advisor , looking for somewhere to eat for lunch, homemade soup and a prawn salad fresh and plenty. The staff were most helpful from the waitress to the two lads behind the bar great help with selection...More

1  Thank CumbriaFan
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Went for a light lunch with a friend. Ordered a pint and was told they'd bring it over to where he was already planted. Menu looked interesting, but the seafood chowder was the big draw! It's a big, open bar with a good atmosphere but...More

1  Thank GasMenace
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Great little traditional pub. Not tried the food but it smells great and looks nice. Would recommend visiting.

Thank andyyk10
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is a decent pub with a good fire. Nothing particularly special though. Why do Belfast pubs serve beer ice cold? Michael,Nottingham.

1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 11 January 2017

A proper bar. The bartender was friendly and we enjoyed the crowd. The beer selection is pretty good. We'd return.

Thank spoilednonrev
Reviewed 6 January 2017

called in for a drink on a Saturday afternoon while shopping, bar was busy and there was live traditional music being played, very nice atmosphere and lovely traditional Belfast bar

Thank Graham M
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Sadly no evening menu, but they do serve until 5pm on Friday and Saturday, so you could have an early Tea :)
24 July 2015|
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Is food only available at lunch time or is there an evening/dinner menu?
23 July 2015|
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Response from Mary A | Reviewed this property |
I'm not quite sure. U can fon them & ask. Very friendly staff
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$13
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, British
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
19:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9023 3768
  • E-mail
The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in the heart of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter. Lunches are served between 12pm and 3pm Monday - Saturday. Live music is played in the bar six nights per week. The bar is completely free from TV’s and gaming machines.