Fodor's Expert Review The Old Inn

15 Main St., Crawfordsburn, Co. Down, BT19 1JH, Northern Ireland Fodor's Choice

Set in the village of Crawfordsburn, this 1614 coach inn—reputedly Ireland's oldest—certainly looks the part: it's pure 17th century, with a sculpted thatch roof, half doors, and leaded-glass windows. As it was near one of the leading cross-channel ports linking Ireland and England, the coach always stopped here, sometimes bearing visitors with names such as Swift, Tennyson, Thackeray, Dickens, and Trollope. Superior bedrooms have 17th-century-style woodwork, sitting rooms, and faux-Jacobean beds and a gas fire, while public salons have beam ceilings and roaring log fires. In the refurbished Lewis Restaurant, named after C. S. Lewis, the Belfast-born author of The Chronicles of Narnia, you can tuck into slow-braised blade of beef with creamy mash or pan-seared sea bass fillet. Over the centuries, large portions of the inn were rebuilt, and the East Wing is a completely modern take on Irish Georgian style. You can also enjoy Victorian afternoon tea in the Parlour Bar for £20.

PROS

  • a proverbial step back in time
  • lots of 17th-century character
  • comfortable rooms

CONS

  • slow service
  • breakfasts not always up to snuff
  • public transport limited so a car is necessary

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Historical
Intimate
Near the beach
Basic
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 028-9185–3255

HOTEL DETAILS

33 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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