Alexander's & Co

4.4
142 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Gourmet Bistro / Fine Wine / Craft Cocktails

Kitchen running from 12pm to 9pm (Monday - Saturday), 12pm to 6pm (Sunday).

Head Chef Gemma Austin

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 142 People Are Saying
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JillC
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service. Busy restaurant but excellent customer care. Amazing cocktails , good food and craic - what’s not to like. Christmas menu coming soon.
Special shout out out to Matthew who always goes the extra mile. Thank you

DC
DamienC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meal midweek at 1800 - good and attentive service.
Food ( (1) Burger + (2) Steak pie - both well presented and very tasty.
Nice moderately priced

Will definitely be back again

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I am not quite sure what to say it was so bad. The service was terrible, it was so slow, food was dropped off our plates onto the table when being served. After waiting 2 hrs for our main course we were then told one of them was no longer available and one of the chefs had walked out. When the food did arrive it was terrible, definitely not worth the money, it looked like a customer had cooked and plated it, then an hours wait for the bill. We will definitely not be back and will definitely not recommend Alexander's. We only went after watching Great British Menu which was laughable !

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Claire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table 19.30. We were seated right away .. but by 20.10 we still hadn't even been given a menu let alone an order taken despite trying to catch staff eye contact on a number of occasions. A couple came in at 20.00 they had their drinks order taken right and food order taken by 20.10 we spoke to manager and explained we had been waiting for over 40 mins and his response was yeah sorry we are really busy. I would hope the £10 booking fee is refunded as we turned up on time .. the service was a no show ! Very poor

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PBMcN
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Noise levels distressing. Food over-salted and poorly cooked. Staff disinterested and inattentive. Decor drab.

SQ
StephenQ
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ribeye steak was unreal! Duck was also 10/10. Hidden gem we had never heard of. Will def be back!

SW
SeanW
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food! Staff were as helpful as could be! 5🌟!! Never disappointed!!

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Pete
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Came highly recommended perhaps we chose wrongly from the menu
Presentation of Breads as starter was very unappealing consider presentation of this and greater selection, a few olives perhaps , definately not value for money

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Poor menu - run out of lots of choices, staff very pleasant ,

LJ
LouiseJ
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant restaurant. Great food, really fun staff, very reasonably priced and delicious cocktails. Remember to tip the staff! They're doing their best!!

CD
ChristineD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was 3rd visit not as good as first menu different feel like a different chef cooking

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davidm
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, very cosy, good atmosphere, the duck hash starter was amazing, will be back

DM
DavidM
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first Sunday visit and initially we were disappointed the pies were not available but that was soon forgotten after we had are meal
I would claim this was the best roast beef Sunday Roast I have had in Holywood and they would be up against big competition
My wife’s smoked haddock pasta also amazing
The only issue was the portion sizes were too big
Hated leaving any off it but couldn’t finish it
Highly recommend this restaurant

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IO11
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night at Alexander & Co. It was our first visit and we will definitely be back and recommend it to family and friends. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was relaxed, the staff were all very friendly and attentive. The confit duck hash starter was amazing! And the baileys eclair dessert was gorgeous! Can’t wait to visit again.

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Anon
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, well presented and packed with flavour. Would highly recommend to anyone.

JA
JohnA
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Good experience overall , service very good , food good ambience ok ,value excellent will come back soon .

OT
OpenTable Diner
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstclass

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Claire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Slowly making our way through this extensive menu.
Very accommodating staff and chef. Nothing is too much trouble.

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Shopper
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Lunch took 45 minutes to be served, far too long considering how few people were in the restaurant at the time.

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colinb
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great staff, service spot on. Quality of food great, portion size for us was too much.
Doing a tour of The Great British Menu chefs restaurants for our holiday.

JB
JoBo
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Sunday early dinner. Mains delicious, deserts a bit disappointing. Friendly staff but service a little slow…. Maybe understaffed? Would go again as very handy to where we live.

WI
WITT032
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food was really good, the cocktails were even better!!! The service could have been quicker / more attentive but we understand the hospitality industry has struggled to find experienced servers.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star all round - food, service, atmosphere . Will be rebooking without a doubt.

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Lian
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st class anniversary lunch. Delicious food, amazing gluten free options for coeliacs. Good selection of wines to choose from. Waiting staff were attentive, friendly and welcoming. I'll definitely be returning.

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ElizabethC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb. Initially disappointed we were not upstairs but then offered it but just decided to stay put and it was fine. Thanks

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Foodies
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautifully presented, tasty food.
Staff are very helpful.

CG
CatherineG
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was our 2nd time eating here. We frequently go for drinks there too.
The first meal (dinner)we had was fantastic quality from start to finish. This lunch was disappointing. I had the dish of the day which was a cod pasta dish. It was smoked cod which the waitress hadn’t explained. It was quite a small portion & the pasta was totally over cooked - flat squashed penne pasta tubes. Not a lot of cod. The flavour of the dish was good though.
My husband had the turkey & ham roast of the day which was fine. Nothing special.

SJ
SJMac
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Menu not to my taste. Went for default option of ribeye steak which was cooked perfectly and was excellent. A few trimmings with the steak wouldn’t have gone amiss. Service was okay. Despite asking twice for a final drink before we left it never arrived.

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AdrianT
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Very noisy with a cheap music sound system. We were seated at a terrible park bench in what is best described as a bus station. It felt really odd for a couple to be sitting side by side looking at the back of other diners. A & C should always make sure a couple are facing each other. We were there for a meal, not waiting on a bus. If you go here, do not sit downstairs. Arrive after getting soaked in the rain. No one offered to take our wet coats and we had to parcel them up on the seat beside us.

Starter very disappoint. I picked the best of a bad bunch (skipped on the sausage roll starter ... yuk). Ended up with 4 large slices of sour dough bread and a single tapenade - no dipping oils or anything else to make it interesting. How unimaginative.

Mains was reasonable (steak and ale pie) but hardly worth boasting about. When asked once how the meal was, I replied it was just okay, the waiter had that look that it was the highest compliment, and perhaps it was for this restaurant.

Spoke to 2 other groups of diners who were also very disappointed in their meals.

In the next section of this review you have to pick why you would recommend it. I wouldn't and just ticked a box to get by it. Ignore the recommendation.

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and also great service

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MarieL
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My husband had the fish which was lovely. I had a steak which was perfectly cooked but the peppercorn sauce tasted just like gravy. Would recommend more pepper and cream, maybe even a little brandy. I can only say the sauce was mediocre. The mashed potato (champ) needed a lot more butter, it was very dry. It certainly wasn't the worst restaurant experience we've experienced but also not good enough for us to re-book.

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VickyB
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Disappointing overall, menu was different to that advertised on the website but the difference in price was honoured when this was pointed out. Service was pleasant but very slow - it was well over an hour before our mains arrived. The beef was no longer available and the lager I wanted to order had also sold out. The food was nice when it arrived but was rather spoilt by the long wait. We really wanted to enjoy the experience as we have heard good things and enjoy eating out especially on a Sunday.

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JaniceF
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

This was my 6th visit to Alexander’s, the previous 5 have been very good but last night the food was dreadful, the tomato and burrata salad had so little burrata in it it was really just a rocket and tomato salad without any dressing, I think it was supposed to come with sourdough which I didn’t get! The roast sirloin of beef was not great as beef stringy and everything piled onto the plate making it very unappetising.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lots of items on menu not available, service was slow

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Foodtrip
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food but the toilet facilities were dirty. The wine, starter and main that my husband ordered initially weren’t available which was disappointing. The server was very nice and apologetic.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
8 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal again at Alexander's. By far the best restaurant I have eaten at in a long time. Please book here, it will not disappoint.

MW
MichaelW
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service from experienced personnel which makes a change from most restaurants nowadays.

We all had steaks (4 people) all of which were perfectly cooked to the order, they were among the best we had had and were reasonably priced for the quality, they're not the cheapest but are definitely worth the price charged given the quality of the meat and the expert preparation.

Will definitely be back.

RT
RachelT
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening meal. Loved everything about the food and the atmosphere

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was decent. Service not so much. Was out on my lunch, what should have been an hour turned into an hour an a half.

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Alexander's & Co is rated 4.4 stars by 142 OpenTable diners.

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