Crafty Hound

4.5
106 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
At The Crafty hound, we love a social gathering and for 53 years, this family business had been mastering its trade to bring local customers the best in craft beers, cocktails, quality food and amazing coffee.

Situated in the historical area of Lambeg, this once hotbed of industrial craft, was also well known in years gone by for its greyhound racing, with the first dog track behind our premises here, and afterwards at Ballyskeagh!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 106 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I would have definitely appreciate a different menu choice, something different. The menu was the same as last time we were eating back in July. Please can we have different choices.

Crafty Hound
Responded 4 days ago

As a regular with us you know we don't change our main menu. People come regularly to enjoy our dishes and don't like to see them disappear of the menu. You will also know we have daily changing specials available, to give regulars more choice. We feel our prices are very fair, and with costs rising daily, they will increase also.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal was beautiful

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AldoF
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Excellent ambiance and great value, but some of the serving staff seemed inexperienced and not comfortable

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pleasant meal on a Saturday evening with friends. Food tasty and good service.

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NualaS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and excellent service. I’ll definitely be back

HJ
HeatherJ
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and good service.
Nice atmosphere in pleasant surroundings.
Will return.

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AliceM
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the crafty hound. Amazing food, lovely staff

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AshleighB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friendly relaxed atmosphere.....great food ....entertainment after in bar was great

SD
StefanieD
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Staff very friendly and the food was delicious. Very cosy.

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Paulinem
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely night at the crafty hound - service was super

NJ
NicolaJ
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is a hidden gem, we often overlook our local eateries for the bright lights of Belfast or the perceived sophistication of Hillsborough, but all too often you end up with a mediocre meal that cost a small fortune.
Not so with the ‘Crafty Hound’ , the meal i had last night was heaven on a plate, a feather blade of beef that just melted in my mouth, with a deep, rich, meaty jus, it was so tasty I’d swap a kidney for the recipe
Try it, you may just be surprised!

JM
JessicaM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food took over an hour for just goujons and a burger but it was lovely when it decided to arrive

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KarenG
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chefs Special Topside of beef was too die for as was the orange creme brulee

NG
NatashaG
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first visit to the crafty hound did not disappoint. Cocktails were unreal, the service was fantastic. We had the steak deal the steaks were cooked to perfection. We will definitely be back

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StephenQ
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Seated under a speaker and was extremely difficult to hear my wife. Service was good and food was OK. Wouldn't rush back though

SD
StephanieD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and wonderful cocktails, had a really lovely evening.

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FlorenceH
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lovely meal at crafty hound last night staff where just the best very friendly efficient food was plentiful an good

JD
JamesD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Although service was a little slow considering it wasn’t very busy, when the food arrived it was excellent and very good value for money. Staff were pleasant also.

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DP2021
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a really good time here. The team were lovely and very helpful - and made great cocktails. We really liked the food and thought the menu was great. Would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff friendly and food lovely! Will definitely be back soon!

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HenryR
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great local eatery and reasonably priced for food.
Could do with updating the Menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointed my meal of chicken goujons was served in a wee bowl more like a starter. Portion sizes are very small. Definitely not good value for money. Would think twice about booking again

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HeatherA
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place food fantastic sevice couldn't be better

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Anon
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Very slow service. Thankfully once order taken, food arrived quickly.

NJ
NJ93
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Good food, slow service and a fair price for what you get.

CM
CharleneM
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food amazing would highly recommend

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Lambeggirl
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service seating area bright will be back again

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Donna
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday Roast with all the trimmings. Roast was cooked to perfection and the gravy was very tasty too. Thanks

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AMJ1
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was friendly and really reasonably priced

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and friendly staff.

LM
LewisMck
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Delighted with our visit. We were a big booking with plenty of kids but we’re made to feel welcome and service was great!

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Daisy
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food relaxing atmosphere with be back. The price is reasonable as well.

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Sandi
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great, couldn’t fault it. The service was a bit poor though. It wouldn’t put me off returning, but definitely needs to be improved. The live music in the bar was super too! We had a lovely evening all round

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Omac
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails are fab in a lovely atmosphere.

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CathyH
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family meal on Sunday 26th to celebrate a milestone birthday. From the moment we stepped into the restaurant we felt very welcome and shown to our table. The table service was 10/10 and your staff were all very attentive.
The food itself was outstanding and we all had great day.

Would highly recommend

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AndreaC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The 8 staff standing together at the entrance could not find my booking then took 20 minute to wipe a table for us to sit at. The table I was given was beside the door to the bar which was extremely noise and when I asked to be moved I was told no. Considering there were very few other diners I thought this was rude. Very bad atmosphere and despite having plenty of staff not one was able to welcome us or make us feel at ease. I asked for a high chair and didn't get one then got my menu but no kids menus. By the time anyone even came to take our drinks order I decided it was time for us to leave. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant at all.

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Jeany
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food . Staff very helpful and polite . Would definitely recommend it.

AH
AnnH
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were made welcome at lunch time.
The service was very good indeed, the music which was quite loud was turned down at our request.
The food was very fresh and well presented and we enjoyed our meal.

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Kezz
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was absolutely lovely however the waitress seemed totally disinterested and gave no attention to the diners at all. One of our party ate their Chowder with a fork as she ignored several attempts to call her to ask for a spoon. Hoping she was perhaps a new start and maybe just hadn't learnt the ropes yet.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Been here quite a few times even before it changed names. Always had great food never been disappointed.

FAQs

Crafty Hound offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9266 3994.

Crafty Hound is rated 4.5 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.