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The Jailhouse, Belfast,

The Jailhouse

4.0
4
225 Reviews
£25 and under
Irish

Long thought to be the building where our entries namesake was held as a prisoner before being hung in Cornmaket, The Jailhouse as it is now known has been frozen in time for the last 70 years nearly forgotten about completely. Restored as part of the Joys Entry project, the aim was to keep as much of the original character of the building as possible. Brick walls, inscribed beams and original windows, take a closer look and see what history and tales you can find while you sip on tipples and nibble on rations. Time Served Well.

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Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Irish, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday – Thursday, 12noon – 1am Friday & Saturday, 12 noon – 2am

  • Phone number

    028 9032 6711

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Belfast

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starters & Snacks

  • Homemade Soup£5.00

    Served with Fresh Wheaten Bread

    • Crispy Beef Salad£7.95

      Sweet Chilli Dressing & Toasted Cashews

      • Smoked Haddock Fishcake£7.50

        Slow Cooked Leeks, Lemon & Chive Velouté

        • Potted Duck Confit£7.95

          Toasted Sourdough & Pickled Cabbage

          • Buffalo Chicken Wings£6.95

            Buffalo Sauce, Celery, Blue Cheese Dip

            To Share

            • Selection of Local Cheeses£15.25

              Crackers, Chutney & Grapes

              • Charcuterie Board£16.50

                Mixed Meats, Antipasto, Breads, Gherkin, Tapenade & Dipping Oil

                • Local Artisan Breads£6.00

                  Tapenade & Butter

                  Jailhouse Rock Oysters

                  • Oyster au Naturelle*£3.00

                    Plain Natural Oysters

                    • Oyster with Smoky Bacon*£3.50

                      Smoky Bacon Vinaigrette

                      • Oyster Mignonette*£3.25

                        Classic Shallot & Vinegar Dressing

                        Fish / Seafood

                        • Beer Battered Fish£14.95

                          Mushy Peas & Tartare Sauce & Chips

                          • Seafood Pie£16.50

                            Select Cut of Fresh Seafood cooked in a White Wine Cream with Cheesy Mash & Fine Beans

                            • Battered Scampi£15.50

                              Fresh Salad, Tartare Sauce & Chips

                              • Strangford Mussels£9.75

                                White Wine Garlic Cream with Crusty Bread

                                Vegetarian / Vegan

                                • Roast Cauliflower£14.50

                                  Hazelnut & Chilli Butter & Baby Potatoes

                                  • Wild Mushroom Risotto£15.50

                                    Roast Squash

                                    Meat

                                    • Rump Steak Sandwich£17.95

                                      Tarragon Mayonnaise, Confit Shallots, Rocket Salad & Fries

                                      • Roast Loin of Sugar Pit Pork£15.95

                                        Cabbage & Black Pudding Potato Cake, Roast Vegetables & Apple Gravy

                                        • Steak & Guinness Pie£14.95

                                          Creamy Mash & Seasonal Veg

                                          • Roast Breast of Chicken£15.95

                                            Pumpkin Risotto & Sauté Wild Mushrooms

                                            • 10oz Sirloin£23.95

                                              Confit Shallot, Grilled Mushroom, Chips & Pepper Sauce

                                              • Sausage & Champ£12.95

                                                Pork & Leek Sausage Coil, Creamy Champ & Onion Gravy

                                                Henry's Burgers

                                                Swap Fries To Parmesan Fries For £0.50

                                                • Samson£14.95

                                                  Peppered Buttermilk Chicken, Redslaw, Red Onion Chutney, Tomato, Salad, Sriracha Mayo & Fries

                                                  • Goliath£14.95

                                                    Beef Burger with Cheddar, Tomato, Relish, Salad, Roasted Garlic Dip & Fries

                                                    • Dbl£17.00
                                                  • Amorea (Amore)£14.95

                                                    Fried Egg, Grilled Aubergine, Halloumi, Relish, Tomato, Salad, Sriracha Mayo & Fries

                                                    Sides

                                                    • Chunky Chips£4.00

                                                      • Skinny Fries£4.00

                                                        • Buttered Veg£4.00

                                                          • Parmesan & Garlic Mayo Fries£5.50

                                                            • Creamy Mash£4.00

                                                              Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                                              What 225 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                              4.0
                                                              4 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.1Food
                                                              • 3.9Service
                                                              • 4Ambience
                                                              • 3.9Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                              • Northern Ireland

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                                                                Lunch

                                                              • Northern Ireland

                                                                Vibrant Bar Scene

                                                              • Belfast/Antrim

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                                                              • Belfast/Antrim

                                                                Lunch

                                                              • Belfast/Antrim

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                                                              1. MM

                                                                MgtM

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall1food4service1ambience2

                                                                Ordered 4 meals only 2 came out. We waited another 30 minutes for the other 2 meals. No bill given and no receipt for card payment.

                                                              2. F

                                                                Fenty

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall2food3service1ambience1

                                                                Table booked for food for 5.45 to be told kitchen wasn’t serving any food. Eventually got menus after I insisted I booked the table for dinner only to be rushed and told to hurry up and order. Shocking service with a waiter who clearly needs more training

                                                              3. KS

                                                                KarenS

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely meal good value plenty of choice and quick service with a smile .

                                                              4. BB

                                                                BrianB

                                                                Liverpool

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                2.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on 25 April 2022

                                                                overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                                Been here a few times before, but this visit was the worst. The service was appalling despite it not being busy at all. It felt like we were an inconvenience to the staff. The food was quite nice but very over priced. £14.95 for a burger & chips! Will think twice before booking again

                                                              5. KE

                                                                KELLYW

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 22 April 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Delighted with everything just one complaint I booked this table well in advance but was told the restaurants tables were all booked and ended up sitting in the bar which was very noisy. Extremely disappointing

                                                              6. JC

                                                                JamieC

                                                                Yorkshire

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 26 March 2022

                                                                overall1food3service1ambience4

                                                                The worst service we have ever had. When food was served we were asked if we wanted cutlery and sauces. Never came after asking the staff three times. Sat in our booked table and ignored for 30 minutes. Honestly the worst service we’ve ever had. Do not book this place!

                                                              7. GR

                                                                GailR

                                                                Ulster, ROI

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 24 March 2022

                                                                overall5food5service2ambience3

                                                                Food was delicious. Service not 100% seemed to rush us when clearing drinks away.

                                                              8. LM

                                                                LaurenM

                                                                Edinburgh

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 18 March 2022

                                                                overall3food5service3ambience4

                                                                The food here is delicious! However I'm not sure if there was a staff shortage issue or something but most of the staff seemed flustered and had other priorities. The biggest issue for my was that we had hoped to have a nice early dinner before going to a comedy show and we were placed in a loud directly under a very loud speaker. The stools at our table were basically the same height as the table which would have been fine if we had only been drinking. We asked who I assume was the manager if we could have different chairs and he said "it's busy we don't have anymore chairs, we're an Irish pub" He did manage to get us one chair and as one group left we were able to swap the second stool for another. On a whole, it wasn't the worst dining experience but for 2 people with and 80 quid bill it would have been nice not to have felt like an inconvenience. A real shame as the food is top notch but maybe give it a miss if you're wanting a bit more of a dining experience rather than a quick bite.

                                                              9. JH

                                                                JoanneH

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 March 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food amazing as always and we dined on a Sunday so there was live music which was fab

                                                                The JailhouseResponded on 16 March 2022

                                                                Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave your positive review. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Many thanks, The Jailhouse

                                                              10. H

                                                                Haydy77

                                                                London

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 12 March 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Booked a table upstairs for two people for the 6 Nations Irish Rugby game vs England. Table had a great view of the Big screen (requested at time of booking). Staff were warm, friendly, welcoming, professional & extremely helpful (couldn’t do enough for us!), even though they were very busy for the Rugby game. Food was fantastic & the service was impeccable! Our server was brilliant & super helpful & the barstaff were very friendly & knowledgeable. Would highly recommend the Jailhouse! & well done on providing such a great, friendly service (5*s) .. will definitely be back! Many thanks.

                                                                The JailhouseResponded on 16 March 2022

                                                                Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave your positive review. We are glad that you had a great experience with us on Saturday. I have passed your kind comments onto Jessica and the rest of the team who are delighted to hear. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Many thanks, The Jailhouse

                                                              11. F

                                                                Fuzz1

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 4 March 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Great service and good food…but music a little too loud if you’re looking for conversation…

                                                              12. AM

                                                                AodhanM

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                Would have preferred to been given a wine list to choose from wasn't made aware of the price of the bottle until we received the bill!!

                                                              13. NW

                                                                NeilW

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                Decent food service could have been less haphazard.

                                                              14. HF

                                                                HelenF

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 26 February 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Love this place! Great vibe, menu simple but tasty.

                                                              15. JB

                                                                JoseB

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 20 February 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Excellent everything was just good, the young lady who served us was fantastic made us feel at ease, the food was delicious, the pricing was affordable and the atmosphere was incredible, we missed out on the live music but that was our own fault because we were leaving as they were starting but in general everything was good and I would recommend the place to anyone and everyone

                                                              16. B

                                                                Bell

                                                                Glasgow

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                This was by far the best bar we visited in Belfast.

                                                              17. DT

                                                                DavidT

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                                overall3food4service3ambience1

                                                                Live band was absolutely awful, but food was spot on.

                                                              18. BT

                                                                BlondieT

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 13 February 2022

                                                                overall2food3service3ambience1

                                                                We went for a valentines dinner. It was absolutely freezing in the place. You had to shout to speak to each other. We were stuck beside a TV which isn't ideal when trying to eat with everyone watching you.

                                                              19. TO

                                                                TONIR

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 12 February 2022

                                                                overall1food2service1ambience5

                                                                We booked a table at 5.30 and at 6.05 we were still waiting for a drink, the service was appalling, staff were disinterested or badly trained, wouldn't be going back.

                                                              20. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Exclusive

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 12 February 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Asked for a table in front of the tv for the rugby, catered for perfectly. Got the fish and chips and honestly one of the nicest I’ve ever had, will 100% be back for food

                                                              21. KD

                                                                KarenD

                                                                Phoenix

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on 8 February 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Excellent value for money and staff very friendly. Music at one stage too loud but the waiter kindly turned it down. We will definitely return.

                                                              22. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 5 February 2022

                                                                overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                The ambience and atmosphere was very good food was okay service was very good

                                                              23. DC

                                                                DeborahC

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 5 February 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Had a lovely lunch staff friendly and efficient. Atmosphere good

                                                              24. E

                                                                Eibm

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 22 January 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Lovely atmosphere food very good very relaxing setting

                                                              25. B

                                                                Bryan

                                                                Manchester

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 1 January 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Really good food at decent value. Drinks were nice and good pints of Guiness. Can’t go wrong

                                                              26. CS

                                                                ChiaraS

                                                                Dublin

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                1.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 30 December 2021

                                                                overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                The most rude service I’ve ever experienced. We waited 20 mins and asked twice to see a cocktail menu and we got also discouraged to look at it cause “we do all the classics and then some of our signature ones but some might be out of stock”. It took another 20 mins to get the cocktails. Moreover, we asked for a food menu (I put 1 star but really is NA as we had no food) and got laughed at because “oh like we stopped serving food 3 hours ago like” (it was 1h earlier really and EVEN IF I MISSED THE MEMO ON THE BOOKING THERE’S REALLY NO NEED TO LAUGH AT MY FACE IF I AM MISTAKEN). The waitress made us so uncomfortable that we finished our drinks as fast as we could and got the hell out of there.

                                                              27. AM

                                                                AdrianaM

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on 20 November 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Friendly, great atmosphere, nice food

                                                              28. M

                                                                Mags

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 20 November 2021

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Great atmosphere great food , not over crowded would defo go back , staff were really efficient, good job 👍🏻

                                                              29. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                                overall3food4service5ambience2

                                                                Food and cocktails were lovely, service was great but it was just absolutely freezing where we were sitting. It was actually warmer when we went outside as there were heaters there.

                                                              30. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 3 November 2021

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                It was such a lovely night celebrating a birthday. The food was amazing and the wine was beautiful. We would definitely choose taylor and clay as our place to celebrate again.

                                                              31. JA

                                                                JANINEE

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                Service was outstanding no problems and nice atmosphere. Dont like moaning but food was ok. Pigs in blankets,no blankets and got 3 cocktail sausages for £3.50. Same sauce on everything. But expected more for the price.

                                                              32. BM

                                                                BrianM

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on 2 October 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great stop off at the Jailhouse for lunch and a few drinks. Sharing platters were ideal and the service was friendly and prompt. Definitely be back!

                                                              33. PM

                                                                PhilipM

                                                                Dublin

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                1.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 25 September 2021

                                                                overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                                Booked dinner for 7.15, arrived at 7 only to be told the kitchen closes at 6pm on a Saturday night. Ended up having a burger at the local burger bar instead, poor that no one could phone or email to let me know this.

                                                              34. AS

                                                                AllanS

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on 25 September 2021

                                                                overall4food5service2ambience3

                                                                Ordered and paid for drinks then had to go to the bar and left the four beers that had been sat for 25 mins. Waiter rude. Not busy so no reason to forget.

                                                              35. D

                                                                Daisy

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                1.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on 24 September 2021

                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                Very very disappointed. We booked a table for 7. 30pm through OpenTable (a restaurant booking service) and when we got to the Jailhouse they told us they stopped serving at 6pm. I was surprised as they only offer sharing platters of fried food anyway?! When we queried this they said it was 'in the smallprint'. I checked all info on OpenTable and it didn't mention this at all. As it was a Friday night there were next to no tables free in any other restaurants at that stage. The jailhouse shouldn't offer tables on OpenTable if they have no intention of honoring them

                                                              36. J

                                                                Julie

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 23 September 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food, service and music all amazing! Made to feel at home.

                                                              37. L

                                                                Lynzim

                                                                N. Ireland

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                1.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on 17 September 2021

                                                                overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                                Booked table for food and when we arrived no food served! Why allow bookings for dinner when no food available.

                                                              38. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 11 September 2021

                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                It is very interesting you think we had a dining experience because that’s exactly what we didn’t have!! Unbeknown to us they stopped serving food at 6pm and it appears our reservation was for a table to drink at only!! According to the manager this is not the first time this has happened with open table!! Of course this was no comfort to us being very hungry and nowhere available to eat at such short notice!! We are still very angry about this and will not be trusting open table again

                                                              39. GL

                                                                GrahamL

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 4 September 2021

                                                                overall1food3service1ambience4

                                                                Don't expect restaurant service very badly organised and slow service. Booked jail house three weeks ago however was cancelled. So booked jailhouse online for Saturday night however no sets still don't understand way we ended up in Henry,s bar? Enjoy the food but not the restaurant experience it's just ok for a drink and loud music.

                                                              40. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on 4 September 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Had a beautiful lunch and drinks

                                                              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
                                                              • Physical distancing

                                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                • 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

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                                                              The Jailhouse is rated 4 stars by 225 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Booked 3 times today
                                                              Google Map for The Jailhouse

                                                              4 Joy's Entry Belfast, BT1 4DR

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Area

                                                                Belfast

                                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                                Sunday – Thursday, 12noon – 1am Friday & Saturday, 12 noon – 2am

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                Irish, European

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress Code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking Details

                                                                None

                                                              • Payment Options

                                                                MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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