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McHugh's, Belfast

Pub added by Old Boots
29-31 Queens Square
Belfast
BT1 3FG
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Blackthorn _ left this review about McHugh's

A traditional looking pub just a short stroll from the river, a sign outside proclaims it is the oldest building in Belfast. The premises do however appear to be two separate buildings that have been knocked in to one.

Internally it’s quite traditional in appearance with a tiled floor to the right and sanded wooden boards elsewhere. There was a low beamed ceiling, and dark wood panelling on the lower part of the walls with lemon paintwork up above. Large murals all along the left hand wall depicted a pictorial history of Belfast including such iconic events as Titanic’s maiden voyage. Seating to the right was fairly limited, although there also looked to be some sort of a mezzanine level which we did not investigate. The right hand half was somewhat cosier with large padded bench seats and a disused fireplace.

The menu offered a decent looking selection of pub grub dishes, including several “Boxty’s” which are presumably a local delicacy and consist of a potato pancake base with various toppings. Most of these sounded quite appealing, and I went for the barbeque pulled pork and apple, and this was a decent and tasty dish with a decent kick to it, and good value at £7.50.

Beer choice was unfortunately rather limited, with Maggie’s Leap being the sole real ale offering, although this was very much appreciated by my fellow drinkers. A number of local brews were chalked on to a board, but other advertising elsewhere suggested that these were bottled. Certainly there was no sign of any of them on the bar counter. The solitary cider meanwhile was Magners.

On 22nd October 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about McHugh's

One of several pubs purporting to be the oldest in Belfast, this one’s claim centres around the age of the building itself, which started out as a private residence back in the early 1700’s, not converting to pub use until the mid-1800’s. Today, the pub presents a nice mix of the traditional and contemporary cross a number of rooms and levels. You enter to a rather cosy feeling ground floor bar with snug-like booths close to the front door, soon giving way to a more opened out bar area with the servery along the rear wall. The bar has a nice, traditional counter and bar back, befitting of an historic building such as this. From here, you can access a small seating area off to the left with some comfy looking bench and chair options, or else move to the rear right, where a lovely little isolated seating area can be found, with four or five tables around a fireplace in a space with some nice, interesting decor on the walls. Stairs here lead up to a first floor bar with a similar servery once again running along the back wall. This floor offers split-level seating areas including a nice section to the right which looks down over the front part of the ground floor. Up here, you can admire the amazing high beam ceiling with some dazzling modern lamps hung from them and some brilliant large-scale murals, including one that depicts the Irish equivalent of a Hogarth scene. Standard tables and chairs serve pretty much all of this area, although there are a few padded banquettes here and there too, with the seating options extending into a fairly uninteresting space to the left of the bar. There is also a third bar in the cellar, which we couldn’t explore due to a charged gig taking place in there that evening.
Just the one cask ale was available on this visit – Whitewater Upstream Tangerine – which I enjoyed a couple of pints of, despite it not being entirely to my taste. A few interesting keg beers infiltrated the usual suspects and we stopped off to eat, finding the food to be very good quality, whilst the service was outstanding, with the waited making one of our party a hot chocolate from the staff’s own hot chocolate stash, due to it not actually being on the menu!
This is a very interesting pub that gets a lot of the basics right and despite being a little touristy, would actually make a perfect introduction to Belfast’s pub scene for a newcomer to the city. I really enjoyed visiting this place and would happily call in again.

On 30th January 2019 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about McHugh's

Very traditional pub housed in two adjoining buildings of very different appearance. Various seating areas, including a mezzanine and a large front patio area. Three real ales on handpump, including two from Whitewater - Belfast Ale and Hoppelhammer IPA (£3.90) - and Shepherd Neame's seasonal Frosty Glow all the way from Kent. Well worth the walk out from the city centre.

On 19th July 2013 - rating: 8
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  • Function Room : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 July 2008 by Moby Duck
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  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
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  • Pinball : No last updated 06 December 2013 by ROB Camra
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 July 2008 by Moby Duck
  • Real Cider : No last updated 06 December 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 06 December 2013 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
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