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The John Hewitt, Belfast

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51 Donegal Street
Belfast
BT1 2FH
Phone: 02890233768
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Pub SignMan left this review about John Hewitt

This is a simple L-shaped pub that I would have called out for being a clichéd faux-Irish pub were it not for the fact that it’s located in the heart of Belfast city centre. The main bar is a bare boarded room with some patterned floor tiles around the servery and a raised seating area in the front left corner. An L-shaped, dark wood bar counter can be found to the right, with a granite bar top and grand bar back with nice mirrors, a whisky box collection and an integral clock. The entrance has a nice stained glass door within a compact porch and gives way to the room’s main seating area, which sees tables and chairs, plus a few benches through the centre and left side of the room. A fireplace with a large plain mirror above it, onto which someone has drawn an advertisement for Yardsman beers, breaks up the left hand wall, which is half panelled with bright uppers and decorated with various photos of graffiti-style art. The front windows have black-out blinds, which were drawn and displayed the pub’s name on them, as well as some more hand drawn beer adverts. The raised front seating area was being used by a traditional Irish band, who were playing the usual standards. Meanwhile, to the right of the entrance, a nice arched doorway takes you through to a side room where a few more seats are available. There is a blue plaque next to this doorway for the poet John Hewitt, after whom the pub is named.
There is only one hand pump here and rather disappointingly, it was dispensing Shepherd Neame Spitfire, so I looked instead to their fairly impressive craft keg selection, which totalled eight taps in all and included beers from Yardsamn, McMullan’s, Wicklow Wolf and Sullivan’s among others. I tried a pint of the Galway Bay Buried At Sea Milk Stout, which after warming up a little, was a lovely drop and much better than that other stout you see a lot round these parts.
I was quite looking forward to visiting this place but have to say that I left feeling a little underwhelmed. The place felt like a by-the-numbers pub with very little making it stand out from the crown other than, perhaps, the craft keg range. The service was friendly and the music was quite pleasant to listen to for a while, but this wasn’t the destination pub I’d hoped for and I’d probably skip this one the next time I’m in the city.

On 25th January 2019 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about John Hewitt

Splendid Cathedral Quarter pub, with traditional furniture around the 'L'-shaped bar and small side room. Plenty of local interest in the decor, with the dark wood and paintwork enlivened by modern art on the main walls and displays about the eponymous writer and controversial politician David Ervine. About 50% of the tables were set aside for dining when I visited mid-afternoon, but there was still some seating free for those just having a drink. Two real ales on the impressive bar counter, offering two Hilden beers: Twisted Hop and Poetic Justice (£3.60). Whitewater Hoppelhammer IPA also on tap, and a decent selection of local bottles beers and ciders is also available. One for the 'must visit' list.

On 27th July 2013 - rating: 8
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ROB Camra left this review about John Hewitt

Fine little pub very close to the Cathedral. At lunchtime every table is set up for dining and they ask you to queue at the door to be seated. Even so there's a few stools round the bar for the drinkers. In the evenings it's rather more lively with music played on the small stage most nights. Standard range of Irish kegs on the bar and 2 handpumps. Sadly these always serve beer from Hilden brewery which is pretty crap. Luckily they had College Green Headless Dog (also brewed by Hilden) on when we called in for the first time which was very good. Sadly when we called in later in the week they were back to Hildens own beers, I tried a Barneys Brew, it was crap although there was nothing wrong with the way it was kept. A good pub sadly spoiled by serving beer from a crap brewery.

On 15th May 2011 - rating: 6
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25th Jan 2019, 18:45
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 25 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes - Lunch only - last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 15 May 2011 by Will Larter
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 25 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 25 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 October 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 25 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 May 2011 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : No last updated 06 December 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 25 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
Opening Hours
Sunday3pm - 8pm
Monday11:30am - 1am
Tuesday11:30am - 1am
Wednesday11:30am - 1am
Thursday11:30am - 1am
Friday11:30am - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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