Karen’s Guidebook (Distiller’s Cottage)

Karen

Karen’s Guidebook (Distiller’s Cottage)

Food scene
Excellent for dinner, though quite pricey. Does nice lunches and a decent carvery on a Sunday which is more reasonably priced. Lovely seating area outside if you’re lucky enough to get good weather, and warming peat fire inside if you’re not.
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The Bushmills Inn Hotel
9 Dunluce Rd
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Excellent for dinner, though quite pricey. Does nice lunches and a decent carvery on a Sunday which is more reasonably priced. Lovely seating area outside if you’re lucky enough to get good weather, and warming peat fire inside if you’re not.
We’ve only been here once for dinner. Food was good but it was a quiet night and lacked atmosphere. Does a good lunch (recommend the antipasti platter) or coffee and a scone.
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The French Rooms
45 Main St
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We’ve only been here once for dinner. Food was good but it was a quiet night and lacked atmosphere. Does a good lunch (recommend the antipasti platter) or coffee and a scone.
Good food made with local produce.
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Tartine at the Distillers Arms
140 Main St
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Good food made with local produce.
Has a cafe for lunch. Great for kids on a wet day as it has an indoor play area.
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Creative Gardens Bushmills
88 Ballyclogh Rd
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Has a cafe for lunch. Great for kids on a wet day as it has an indoor play area.
Nice location, decent food. Steaks are good but expensive. Child friendly.
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Bayview Hotel
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Nice location, decent food. Steaks are good but expensive. Child friendly.
Good basic but handy for a casual bite to eat with the kids.
Bushfoot Golf Club
50 Bushfoot Rd
Good basic but handy for a casual bite to eat with the kids.
Right beside the Giants Causeway. Good food made with local produce. Recommend the seafood chowder. Lovely to walk to via the sand dunes.
The Nook
48 Causeway Road
Right beside the Giants Causeway. Good food made with local produce. Recommend the seafood chowder. Lovely to walk to via the sand dunes.
Fantastic food (mainly Asian inspired) and atmosphere. Doesn’t allow children and runs on a first come first served system (although this has sporadically changed through covid restrictions). Can require a long wait during busy periods but the cocktail bar upstairs helps with this. Cocktail bar is also open to non diners. Definitely worth a visit.
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Neptune & Prawn
54 Kerr St
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Fantastic food (mainly Asian inspired) and atmosphere. Doesn’t allow children and runs on a first come first served system (although this has sporadically changed through covid restrictions). Can require a long wait during busy periods but the cocktail bar upstairs helps with this. Cocktail bar is also open to non diners. Definitely worth a visit.
Excellent food, fresh fish and local specials. Doesn’t allow children. Bookable.
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The Mermaid - Ramore Restaurants
56 Ramore Ave
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Excellent food, fresh fish and local specials. Doesn’t allow children. Bookable.
Great for kids. Family friendly world foods. Runs a first come first served system.
The Tourist
150 Main Street
Great for kids. Family friendly world foods. Runs a first come first served system.
Lovely atmosphere and extensive menu. Great for families. First come first served system, can require a long wait if you’re there during busy periods. Casual.
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Ramore wine bar
56 Kerr St
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Lovely atmosphere and extensive menu. Great for families. First come first served system, can require a long wait if you’re there during busy periods. Casual.
As Ramore Wine Bar. Great, friendly bar also.
The Harbour Bistro
As Ramore Wine Bar. Great, friendly bar also.
Spanish influenced, casual dining. Takes bookings. Kids not allowed.
Basalt
1 Harbour Road
Spanish influenced, casual dining. Takes bookings. Kids not allowed.
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55 Degrees North
1 Causeway St
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We have heard this is nice but are yet to try it.
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Ocho Tapas Bistro/Restaurant
92-94 Main St
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We have heard this is nice but are yet to try it.
Great for breakfast and lunch. Great for kids. Has a small indoor play area and play park outside.
Dora’s
39 Magheraboy Rd
Great for breakfast and lunch. Great for kids. Has a small indoor play area and play park outside.
Excellent for breakfast and lunch. Opens seasonally. Child friendly and right on the beach. Limited seating but there are deckchairs outside.
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Babushka Kitchen Cafe
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Excellent for breakfast and lunch. Opens seasonally. Child friendly and right on the beach. Limited seating but there are deckchairs outside.
Italian. Great food and family friendly. Nice location beside the water.
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Amici Ristorante
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Italian. Great food and family friendly. Nice location beside the water.
Right on the beach, child friendly.
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Harry's Shack
116 Strand Rd
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Right on the beach, child friendly.
Excellent food and great staff.
Me and Mrs Jones Hotel
1-7 The Diamond
Excellent food and great staff.
Excellent for breakfast, lunch and casual early dinner. Great for families.
Market Square
62 Main Street
Excellent for breakfast, lunch and casual early dinner. Great for families.
Sightseeing
A 2 mile walk away via the sand dunes, or there is a small steam train which operates seasonally. Check online first for times. NB: to enter the Giants Causeway, go through tunnel, NOT the visitor centre otherwise you will get charged.
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Giant's Causeway
44 Causeway Rd
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A 2 mile walk away via the sand dunes, or there is a small steam train which operates seasonally. Check online first for times. NB: to enter the Giants Causeway, go through tunnel, NOT the visitor centre otherwise you will get charged.
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Old Bushmills Distillery
2 Distillery Rd
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Dunluce Castle
87 Dunluce Rd
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Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
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The Dark Hedges
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Game of Thrones filming location. Has a great café.
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Ballintoy Harbour
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Game of Thrones filming location. Has a great café.
Rathlin Island Ferry
18 Bayview Rd
Get the train to Derry from Coleraine for a day trip. Michael Pallin describes it as “one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”.
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Londonderry
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Get the train to Derry from Coleraine for a day trip. Michael Pallin describes it as “one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”.
Gorgeous views.
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Kinbane Castle
81 Whitepark Rd
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Gorgeous views.
Activities
Good for a wet day with the kids. Has soft play, cinema, bowling and arcade games.
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Jet Centre
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Good for a wet day with the kids. Has soft play, cinema, bowling and arcade games.
Portrush Surf School
Beautiful walks.
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Roe Valley Country Park
41 Dogleap Rd
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Beautiful walks.
Play park for kids in Portstewart. Very good.
Diversity Park
144-152 Coleraine Road
Play park for kids in Portstewart. Very good.
Play park for kids. Quite small but close to beach.
Portballintrae Playground
9 Lisanduff Avenue
Play park for kids. Quite small but close to beach.
Beaches
Harbour and beach. Popular for jumping off the pier and water and paddle boarding.
Portballintrea Harbour
4 Port
Harbour and beach. Popular for jumping off the pier and water and paddle boarding.
Beautiful beach, great views. Popular for surfing.
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Portrush Whiterocks Beach
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Beautiful beach, great views. Popular for surfing.
Can drive onto this beautifully maintained beach. Charges for parking but reasonable (also discount if member of The National Trust). Popular for surfing. Harry’s Shack also situated by car park. Walk way towards the Main Street/promenade with Lost and Found coffee shop en route.
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Portstewart Strand
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Can drive onto this beautifully maintained beach. Charges for parking but reasonable (also discount if member of The National Trust). Popular for surfing. Harry’s Shack also situated by car park. Walk way towards the Main Street/promenade with Lost and Found coffee shop en route.
Golf Courses
Bushfoot Golf Club
50 Bushfoot Rd
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Royal Portrush Golf Club
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Portstewart Golf Club
117 Strand Road
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