Few hostelries in Ireland can trace their lineage back 400 years. But Balloo House in Killinchy has a history that has seen it serve as an 18th–century coaching inn and a 19th–century farm house.
Today, a deep vein of hospitality still courses through Balloo House, tempting you with two very different culinary experiences, both under the same roof.
The Bistro at Balloo
Walking into Balloo House, you’ll immediately be struck by its atmosphere of ease, comfort and conviviality, due in part to good company, sturdy stone walls and time–worn flagstones. If the weather is inclement, with a sharp wind blowing off nearby Strangford Lough, you can warm your essentials on the old range, a remnant of Balloo’s farming days. Other parts can be warmed by the fine selection of spirits, wines and beers on offer at this colourful watering hole. And if you didn’t have an appetite beforehand, a perusal of the sumptuous bistro menu is sure to induce one.
Upstairs at Balloo
It may be only a short ascent up an elegant wooden staircase, but the laid–back atmosphere of the restaurant Upstairs at Balloo is a world away from the hub–bub below. Here the focus is on delivering a sublime dining experience, whether it’s an intimate dinner for two, an important business deal clincher or a family get–together.