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The Cloth Ear

4.5
4.5
259 Reviews
£25 and under
Irish

The Cloth Ear provides patrons with a pleasing twist on the quintessential Irish Pub. We are nestled in the oldest quarter of Belfast and we’ve woven a rich seam of our wonderful Victorian heritage into what is ultimately a thoroughly modern experience. At The Cloth Ear the welcome is warm and the atmosphere convivial. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the gentle art of conversation.
Our drinks list combines classic creations and innovative ideas. From punch bowls to hoptails and wine by the keg, we’ve carefully crafted an eclectic array of drinks to quench your thirst, tickle your tastebuds and get the conversation flowing.

We are story tellers and we look forward to hearing your story too.
No shaggy dogs, no braggarts, no windbags. Just tall tales,

All Tables reservations are for dining unfortunately we do not take drinks only bookings.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–20:45
    Fri, Sat 12:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    028 9026 2719

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

Starters

  • Home Baked Brown Bread

    With farmhouse butter

    • Soup of the Day*

      Home baked brown bread

      • Ham and Cider Croquettes

        With a mustard cream

        • Devilled Prawn Vol au Vent

          Tomato and green chilli

          • Chicken Caesar*

            Grilled chicken, scallions and smoked corn

            • Smoked Haddock Chowder*

              Cranbrook chorizo and home baked brown bread

              • Griddled Salmon Fishcake*

                Crushed peas and lemon

                Mains

                • 10 oz Flax Fed Angus Sirloin*

                  Beef dripping chips, onions and green beans, rich beef gravy

                  • Freshly Ground Beef Burger*

                    Glazed milk bun, smoked roast onions, fries. Add bacon and cheese

                    • Molasses and Apple Brined Pork Chop*

                      Creamed kale, garlic sauté potato

                      • Free Range Chicken and Tarragon Cream*

                        Braised vegetables, mash

                        • Beef and Irish Ale Puff Pastry Pie

                          Scallion, broccoli, mash

                          • Cloth Ear Signature Chicken Curry

                            Basmati rice, flat bread

                            • Fish and Chips

                              Sustainable haddock, beef dripping chips and peas

                              Desserts

                              • Warm Chocolate Brownie

                                Chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

                                • Banoffee Pie

                                  With fresh cream

                                  • Apple Crumble Tart

                                    Warm custard and vanilla ice cream

                                    • Popcorn and Butter Scotch Ice Cream Sundae

                                      Sides

                                      • Beef Dripping Chips*

                                        • Fries*

                                          • Sweet Potato Fries*

                                            • Tenderstem Broccoli*

                                              • Salad*

                                                Cucumber, tomato, cider vinegar dressing

                                                Last updated: 7 February 2020

                                                What 259 people are saying

                                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                4.5
                                                4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                • 4.5Food
                                                • 4.6Service
                                                • 4.5Ambience
                                                • 4.3Value

                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                • Belfast/Antrim

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                                                1. K

                                                  Kimmy

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Our meal was very good, plentiful of choice on the menu! Festive atmosphere, very attentive staff.

                                                2. M

                                                  Misha

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food and service was very good an nice Sunday roast.

                                                3. MJ

                                                  MarionJ

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Fantastic food & service. Manager was so attentive… lovely table by the fire. Will highly recommend. Thankyou

                                                4. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Staff and food amazing!!

                                                5. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Food was excellent. Lovely staff. Would definitely recommend.

                                                6. N

                                                  Ngnsireland

                                                  Palm Springs

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Fantastic service and food was excellent, great atmosphere and the drinks menu is a very good addition to what has always been a great place to eat and drink.

                                                7. GQ

                                                  GrainneQ

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                  This is the second time in a month that my husband and I have had lunch in the Cloth Ear. On both occasions, we have found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. Although, at times, the service is a bit slow. On both occasions, the menu was very different but, choice was great and, food lovely. I need gluten free food and, so far, this year, the Cloth Ear is the only restaurant that I have been able to get appropriate GF food and can be confident that I will not get sick after eating there. This is such a huge bonus when eating out for me.

                                                8. AS

                                                  AliceS

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 23 November 2021

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. I ordered the chowder to start, followed by the ribeye steak and sticky toffee pudding the finish. The food was very tasty - the chowder in particular was flavourful and a decent portion size. I ordered the small sized portion and was pleasantly surprised. The ribeye was cooked well, although I'm not sure the portion size was worth £35! Sticky toffee was again tasty, but in my opinion, was not worth the price of £7. The staff service was brilliant, even going the extra mile to sing happy birthday to the birthday boy and bringing out a free dessert to him! The service was also quick and efficient. Overall, a lovely evening and I would recommend for a special occasion.

                                                9. S

                                                  Simon

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 23 November 2021

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  food delicious and attentive, prompt service with friendly staff.

                                                10. CR

                                                  ClaireR

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 23 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Lovely seat by the fire, very attentive staff and great food.

                                                11. c

                                                  catherinem

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 20 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  I had vegan fish and chip. It was lovely. Others on the table had beef and enjoyed. Happy with service, staff came over several times to check things were ok etc. It was nice to eat in a bar and have food where there wasn't blasting music.

                                                12. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 20 November 2021

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                  My partner had the orzo smoked haddock special and unfortunately took ill later in the evening. Staff and food on the day were great but it’s unfortunate that something wasn’t quite right with the food. It may

                                                13. WS

                                                  WendyS

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 20 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Lovely atmosphere & food delicious really enjoyed it & it felt very safe in these covid times.

                                                14. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 19 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great staff

                                                15. J

                                                  James

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 16 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food was beautiful, nice atmosphere and the staff were lovely - a particular gentleman made it feel like a fine dining experience for a fraction of the cost.

                                                16. p

                                                  paul

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 14 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Please note thanks to our waiter, outstanding character! Gentleman with beard and white hair, what a wonderful experience, his table service and attention to detail was outstanding, he interacted with our family and made my kids giggle. He is a credit to your premises and made the experience magical!! thank you

                                                17. U

                                                  Unknown

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 14 November 2021

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                  Food was nice but not amazing. Not big portions either so 3 courses could be ate no problem.

                                                18. C

                                                  Chrimbo1455

                                                  Edinburgh

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 13 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Outstanding food and drink. Great service. Will definitely be back

                                                19. MG

                                                  MariaG35

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on 12 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Food was excellent & service was great (Richard) the server was great

                                                20. IJ

                                                  IndieJustMe

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on 12 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Initially we were placed at a table for 1, and they brought an extra chair. But we felt very uncomfortable as we were extremely close to a table with a large group and we felt quite exposed just plonked beside the stairs. Thankfully after asking could we move they did let us sit in a booth and after that the evening was wonderful! It was a very chilled relaxed atmosphere, we could easily hear each other while we were chatting without straining over sounds in the bar/restaurant. I had been there once before after seeing the Cloth Ear listed as one of the best options for vegan vegetarian, and I had THE best dairy-free food I've ever had the first time I visited so I was keen to try it again. It didn't disappoint. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I am allergic to dairy so a vegan menu means it's safe for me. The plus side is that normally if I go out and ask for my meal to be dairy-free the restaurant kind of removes all the best bits like the sauces and dressings. In the Cloth Ear this was not the case... my food was spectacular with all the exciting bits that someone with no dietary requirements would normally get. And and my mum's food (which was not dairy free and from the 'normal' menu) was equally as amazing. I would happily go again and highly recommend to others.

                                                21. CC

                                                  ChrisC

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  1 review

                                                  1.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 11 November 2021

                                                  overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                  Food was very poor. The manager was very rude we explained that my wife has no hearing in one ear and we asked to move to a space opposite and he refused. The table opposite remained empty all evening. We have to go to the bar to get our own drink There was one old gent serving us who was very kind so apart from our bearded friend a very poor experience and the manager should obviously change career as he is nit suited for hospitality.

                                                22. MA

                                                  MAMcc

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 8 November 2021

                                                  overall3food4service1ambience4

                                                  Really Disappointed. Once seated no one came near our table for half an hr..after which time we ordered drinks and also asked for water which never arrived. Our food did not arrive for another 40 mins and 2 of the meals were wrong and had to be returned.. staff were polite and courteous when they were available but getting attention when needed proved difficult. Having spoken to someone who seemed to be in charge about the delays and issues we experienced we were told we would receive 20% discount of the bill as this was best he could do. We did not ask for any discount we wouldve much rather had good service ...we were letting him know so that he could take on board and improve things where required...this after all is a bar within a 5 star hotel and surely the customer service should reflect that..left feeling very disappointed and will not be returning anyway soon! However to end on a positive note the food was delicious!

                                                23. C

                                                  paulC

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                  overall2food1service5ambience5

                                                  The setting and the service were excellent. Unfortunately the lamb main dish was horrendous. The large portion of lamb was tough, dry and bland. There was no sauce or gravy. Completely inedible. The croquette starter was also very very dry. We did not leave a tip as the food was so disappointing.

                                                24. JK

                                                  JenniferK

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Beautiful food and great service. Only flaw was that there weren’t any mock tails available for kids,

                                                25. BN

                                                  BredaN

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 5 November 2021

                                                  overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                  It was a bit on the loud side. The food was fine but the service was a bit disappointing. They kept forgetting about us

                                                26. DH

                                                  DonnaH

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 5 November 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Fantastic food and friendly helpful staff. Great night. Will definitely be back. Highly recommended

                                                27. SK

                                                  SanK

                                                  Dublin

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 30 October 2021

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                  Great food ..Covid friendly We will def be back 😀

                                                28. M

                                                  Mekon3

                                                  London

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  2.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on 30 October 2021

                                                  overall2food4service1ambience3

                                                  When it takes 2 waiters 20 minutes after being asked twice for a beer, then the service is poor. Too many waiting staff walking around doing very little and ignoring the customers sitting in booths. Dont think I'll be back.

                                                29. CB

                                                  ChelleyB

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  As always, we had a lovely time. The Cloth Ear continues to be one of our favourite places to dine in Belfast. Really lovely staff, tasty lunch and wonderful atmosphere. Will be back soon. Many thanks.

                                                30. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on 21 October 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Fabulous food. The bread starter is to die for!

                                                31. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  New England

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 14 October 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Great overall experience but the guy looking after us was fantastic. A lovely way with him, always helpful and great sense of humour. A lovely experience thanks to him. The place was a wee bit quiet, but then it was a wet Thursday evening so shouldn’t expect anything different! But the food was amazing the place itself is well looked after and spacious. All in all highly recommended

                                                32. MC

                                                  MelC

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 10 October 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  fabulous food, great staff , would highly recommend for a good place to eat

                                                33. RP

                                                  RedPaddy

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 5 October 2021

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                  Food was very good and happily not the usual pub grub. Service through the meal was good. The only downer was at the beginning when I was told to go and sit at a table, only to be ignored for 20 minutes. Difficult to take as I was the only person there bar 3 others.

                                                34. AG

                                                  AaronG

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 4 October 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Amazing service and food. Servers where brilliant and food exceptional.

                                                35. P

                                                  P1982

                                                  Yorkshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 26 September 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Had a great Sunday afternoon in the Cloth Ear. Good service, good standards and great set up. Keep up the good work

                                                36. GW

                                                  GeorgeW

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 25 September 2021

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Friendly and informative staff, good Saturday afternoon atmosphere and food was tasty and reasonably priced.

                                                37. M

                                                  Megan

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 24 September 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  What a beautiful dinner. The service and food was brilliant, ambiance was excellent. Felt very comfortable in our large booth and will absolutely be back.

                                                38. MB

                                                  MichelleB

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on 24 September 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  As always, great food, amazing staff, lovely wine. One of my favourite places.

                                                39. CS

                                                  CatherineS

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 23 September 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Had a catch up with Friends in the Cloth Ear Service was excellent , my friend ordered a meal which unfortunately he couldn't eatas it had too much sauce for me and the young man who served us I didn't get his name brought him another meal which my friend thoroughly enjoyed Would definitely recommend the Cloth Ear

                                                40. RT

                                                  RyanT

                                                  N. Ireland

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on 22 September 2021

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Excellent all round service, really enjoyable night out with family

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                                                The Cloth Ear is rated 4.5 stars by 259 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.

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                                                Google Map for The Cloth Ear

                                                16 Skipper Street Belfast, BT1 2DZ

                                                • Area

                                                  Belfast

                                                • Hours of Operation

                                                  Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–20:45
                                                  Fri, Sat 12:00–21:30

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  Irish, European

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Casual Dining

                                                • Dress Code

                                                  Casual Dress

                                                • Payment Options

                                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Additional

                                                  Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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