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Bushmills Inn

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4 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Bushmills Inn
9 Dunluce Rd., Bushmills Co Antrim , BT57 8QG
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Tel: +44 28 2073 3000

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Originally a 19th-century coaching inn, developments here have been done well, improving amenities without loss of character
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing)
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Water Sports
  • Beauty - Massage
  • Beauty - Treatments
  • Breaks - Off Season
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Business Hotel
  • Conference Venue
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Heli-Pad
  • Live Music
  • Location - Beach <5km
  • Location - By a river
  • Location - Waterside
  • Meeting Rooms
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Romantic Venue
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Smoking Area Seated
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Character Pub
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Informal
  • Music - Trad
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Traditional Pub
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Vegetarian Menu

Bushmills Inn

Originally a 19th-century coaching inn, developments at Alan Dunlop's renowned hotel have been done well, improving amenities without loss of character. The traditional tone is set by the turf fire and country seating in the hall and public rooms - bars, the famous circular library, the restaurant, even the Pine Room conference room carry on the same theme.

Bedrooms vary - the largest are quite grand and the newer ones are individually furnished in a comfortable cottage style, and even have “antiqued” bathrooms, but it’s all very well done and avoids a theme park feel.

Although quite expensive, it’s hard to think of a better base for a holiday playing the famous golf courses of the area (Royal Portrush is just four miles away) - or simply exploring this beautiful coastline and its hinterland; taking the Magilligan-Greencastle ferry, day trips can comfortably include a visit to the beautiful Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal.

There is just so much to do around here - and the hotel has original entertainment organised on-site too, including a unique 'Thursday night is movie night' package offering dinner and a classic movie in their own little cinema, complete with complimentary popcorn (see hotel website for schedule).

The inn is understandably popular and it can be hard to get a booking in high season, but it is a wonderfully cosy place for an off-season break - and good value too.

Rooms 41 (1 suite, 4 junior suites, 20 ground floor, 2 family, 2 disabled, all no smoking). B&B from about £89 pps. Free broadband wi/fi; children welcome (cot available). No pets. Garden. Fishing (fly). *Short breaks offered.


The inn is known for its wholesome food and it makes a good place to plan a break when touring, as it offers both day and evening menus in cosy surroundings (although be warned that coaches often make a lunchtime stop here for the same reasons, so it can be very busy).

Pride in Irish ingredients is seen in A Taste of Ulster menus that offer a range of traditional dishes with a modern twist. An unusual speciality, for example, is Dalriada cullen skink: illustrating the social and culinary history that this area of Ireland shares with Scotland, this is a ‘meal in a soup bowl’ of Scottish origin, based on smoked haddock and topped with an (optional) poached egg. Another tempting dish is onion & Guinness soup, which is topped with a cheese croûton like the French soup that inspired it.

And to finish, of course, what else but ‘Bushmills coffee’ - which is better than a dessert any day.

Seats 110 (private room, 40, outdoor, 32). L&D a la carte; L&D daily 6-9.30; Day Menu 12-6.00; (Sun: carvery from 12.30-2.30pm and day menu to 6pm); children welcome (high chair, childrens menu, baby changing facilities); fully wheelchair accessible; reservations advised. Bar food served Sun only 12-4 (soup & sandwiches). House wines from £16; SC discretionary. House closed 24/25 Dec. MasterCard, Visa. abbreviations
Last Updated: 18-06-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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On the A4 Antrim coast road, in Bushmills village, as it crosses the river.

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