Newtownards Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Newtownards

February 16, 2018 Stefan Strunk

Newtownards, is a large town, townland and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies at the most northern tip of Strangford Lough, 10 miles (16 km) east of Belfast, on the Ards Peninsula. It is situated in the civil parish of Newtownards and the historic baronies of Ards Lower and Castlereagh Lower. Newtownards is the largest town in the former Borough of Ards. It is known colloquially by locals as "Ards". It had a population of 28,039 people in the 2011 Census.
Things to do in Newtownards

1. Cinnamon

47 Comber Road | Dundonald, Belfast BT16 2AA, Northern Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Indian, Asian, Balti, Thai, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$118 - HK$275 +44 28 9048 0680
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Cinnamon

Award winning restaurant serving the best in traditional indian cuisine with a contemporary twist with excellent service to match. We have a great range of early bird and special deals all year round.

Reviewed By Belfastguy - Belfast, United Kingdom

It’s been a while since I’ve sat in the restaurant but I’m basing my review on the two takeaways I’ve had in the last two weeks. The food was fantastic- especially the chicken pathia and the chicken was nice and tender. The garlic naan bread was delicious too.

2. Sugarcane Cafe Bistro

2 The Square | Unit 2, Comber BT23 5DT, Northern Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Irish, Cafe, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$212 +44 28 9187 3388
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 480 reviews

Sugarcane Cafe Bistro

Eclectic little Bistro in Comber Square. Now recognised in The Georgina Campbell Guide Ireland. Winner of the 2014 Best Eatery and best licences premises at the Ards business awards. We source great tasting local produce, mostly from within Co. Down. We are open 7 days a week from 9am with a gorgeous Bistro menu running nightly from 5pm Wed to Sun. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a coffee and cake.

Reviewed By N1mr0d

Fantastic fry here - with great quality ingredients. Chowder and other dishes are also delicious. However once id a terrible salt n chili squid. it was far too salty and over cooked. however, ive been here dozens of times and everyone can have an off day!
Decor is modern, and bright, but acoustics can leave it sounding a bit loud at times.
Good range of drinks and traybake too.

3. Molly Brown's Kitchen & Bar

45-47 South St., Newtownards BT23 4JT, Northern Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 28 9182 1444
Excellent
57%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 386 reviews

Molly Brown's Kitchen & Bar

Situated in Newtownards Molly Brown's is a comfortable and welcoming local pub and restaurant providing quality drinks, food and entertainment.With outside dining and our Live Lounge available for private hire.

Reviewed By Louise C

Had a lovely bite to eat last Saturday afternoon.
I got the steak Sandwich and my other half got the roast of the day. Both were absolutely outstanding. I would have liked a bit more steak to the steak Sandwich as it seemed to be the tiniest bit of meat on a burger but, but all the same it was lovely.
Only downside was the chewing gum that decided to get stuck down the back of my jeans and coat from some reprobate that decided sticking gum under the chair was sensible.

4. McKee's Country Store & Restaurant

28 Holywood Road, Newtownards BT23 4TQ, Northern Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 28 9182 1304
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 308 reviews

McKee's Country Store & Restaurant

Reviewed By irenajm - Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Pop in most weeks for some tasty bites, always have coffee and scones, up to now favourites have been cinnamon and rhubarb and ginger. This week we had lemon curd and coconut. What a treat, lovely tangy flavour of lemon meant was not too sweet.
A winning combination. Consistently great coffee is why we return. Wide choice of meats and fresh produce. The sirloin steaks have great flavour,actually got all Christmas meats here and was well pleased. Yes restaurant is busy, but usually not long to wait. Improved road access is welcome.

5. Romas

4 Regent Street, Newtownards BT23 4LH, Northern Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Bar, British, Pub, Irish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 28 9181 2841
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 286 reviews

Romas

Reviewed By Rachel C

I recently visited Romas for the first time for a friends birthday. I was blown away by the excellent customer service from all the bar staff!! with table service the whole night an amazing selling point for this cosy bar. can't wait to come back.

6. Katch 27

27 Main Street | Kircubbin, Newtownards BT22 2SR, Northern Ireland Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 28 4273 8222
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 356 reviews

Katch 27

Reviewed By jim_begley - Belfast

Good bar but the food is disappointing. It is standard, from frozen and not particularly well presented. My last visit, I think the serving staff begrudged my visit, it interfered with their time on their phone

7. Cafolla's Classic Cafe

15 Conway Square, Newtownards BT23 4DA, Northern Ireland Reservations, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, Fast Food, British Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$16 - HK$47 +44 28 9181 2185
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Cafolla's Classic Cafe

Established in 1927, the now world famous Cafollas Classic of Conway square have been delighting customers with their traditional Italian ice cream made to an age old recipe and fantastic traditional style fish and chips. Cafollas Classic of Conway square cater for all at a sensible price offering great value for money.

Reviewed By Sydneytown - Sydney

Cafola's is an institution in Newtownards, with many generations running this classic milk bar. The service is friendly and quick, and the food (particularly the ice cream) brilliant. If you don't stop here you are mad. This place is a MUST. LOVE CAFOLA'S.

8. The Auld House

27 Church Road | Moneyreagh, Newtownards BT23 6BB, Northern Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$86 - HK$196 +44 28 9044 8446
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 154 reviews

The Auld House

Reviewed By RKS S - Belfast, United Kingdom

I went here for afternoon tea following a funeral at Roselawn. The friendly staff quickly served up a selection of fresh sandwiches, sausage rolls and cocktail sausages and kept everyone topped up with tea and coffee. I had a look at the Auld House's menu and will definitely be returning for a meal in the near future most likely on a Wednesday which is steak night. They have a well stocked bar but was surprised that they close at 2100 hrs daily except Sundays where they close at 2000 hrs according to their website.

9. The Parlour

4 Castle Place, Newtownards BT23 7JF, Northern Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +44 28 9181 4154
Excellent
54%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

The Parlour

Reviewed By Caroline M - Belfast, United Kingdom

I find if I go down the stairs during the day the food is amazing and great service ,but I find if I go up the stairs about teatime the service is great but the food isn't so I stick to downstairs at lunch time where I always get a beautiful meal

10. Cloud 9

61 Portaferry Road | Ulster Flying Club, Newtownards BT23 8SG, Northern Ireland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Irish, Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$102 +44 7518 384510
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Cloud 9

We're loving it here at Cloud 9, the views are amazing and you can't help but relax the minute you walk through the door. We serve great coffee, food and sweet treats from 9-5 daily and you can catch a glimpse of the planes and helicopter while you relax. Call in and enjoy some craic with the staff and take in the amazing views. See ya all there soon!

Reviewed By Terry B - London, United Kingdom

A relative who lives locally recommended Cloud Nine so I made a special trip from Comber just for coffee! It was worth the journey as not only was the coffee great but so was the place itself. The location, overlooking the airfield is an obvious...MoreHi Terry Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review, we’re so glad you enjoyed your Cloud 9 experience. Hopefully we’ll see you again soon at Cloud 9 Thanks again Jo

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