6 1/2 things we love about the Lewis restaurant

Time for another food venue, and on this occasion we head to Crawfordsburn to the restaurant in The Old Inn. I’ll always know it as The Crawfordsburn Inn, but things have changed!

Here are our 6 1/2 things we love about the Lewis restaurant, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn.


The food. Prepare to indulge! A beautifully colourful beetroot salad to start, a huge fillet of steak and basket of chips or a gourmet burger and triple cooked chips, finishing with a truly scrumptious Sticky Toffee Pudding or a Toffee and White Chocolate cheesecake. A great surprise of a meal and worth experiencing! Divine. 


The tips. Not the tip at the end of the meal (which they deserve anyway!), but the wine tips with every meal on the Table D’Hote menu. Or if you’re eating off the main menu, just say you’d like a food and wine experience and they’ll pair you the perfect wine for each course.


The hospitality. On the night we visited, the restaurant was manned by two guys who were exceptionally trained and looked after a busy restaurant with apparent ease and to perfection.


The decor. Let’s start with, nothing matches, other than its dark hues, but it all works so well together and the Lewis restaurant is gloriously fabulous, luxurious and decadent. It’s the kind of restaurant that a top class cruise ship aspires to have, and trust me, that’s a good thing.


The awards. When you walk in and see a wall covered with various recent awards including 2 AA Rosette’s, then you know the place means business.

The history. What a history! Named after C.S.Lewis who stopped over in the hotel, and under the thatched roof section of the Old Inn on an ancient route between Holywood and Bangor, the site of the restaurant has a huge and fascinating history.


The open plan kitchen. Watch the chef’s prepare your food and enjoy!

The Lewis Restaurant at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn was never really on our radar before. It’s somewhere we probably thought our parents would enjoy more. However, it’s now been added to our list for a return visit.

Keep an eye out soon for our review of a night in the Old Inn itself and more on its awesome history!

Jeff Meredith


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