Review: The Wallace Riverside Pub and Eatery

Name: The Wallace Riverside Pub & Eatery 
Location: Lisburn
Theme: British
Price: £6.99 – £15.50. Kids eat free on Sundays
The Wallace Riverside Pub and Eatery in Lisburn was playing host to the Frock Around the Clock Christmassy vintage fair. Needing to buy presents and loving food, we couldn’t miss this opportunity to head down for a spot of shopping and getting the nosebag on.

Driving into Lisburn finding the Wallace was easy peasy. Just turn left (from the A49) onto the A1 Laganbank Road and it’s right there on the left.Once we got inside, we had a good look around the quirky stalls for Christmas presents. We got some ideas and I picked a cute pair of earrings as a gift. But it wasn’t long before we felt hungry and ventured upstairs to the spacious restaurant. There are two seating areas, one with tables by the window that provides a view overlooking the river, the other a raised seating area where we were located. Outside is a balcony area with some tables for a more temperate day and there is also a bar area for refreshments. 
lisburn restaurant n. ireland
view from our table
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bar area
door to balcony to the left
We were seated in no time and ordered tea for two whilst browsing the menu. They have a special lunch offer of £6.99 for one person which includes a soft drink or tea/filter coffee, it’s £12.99 for two people. I asked our server what the sandwich special was to which she replied “honey roast ham”. Not tempted by that (and to be honest not given much else detail – honey roast ham on what and with what?”) I decided to try the herby lemon, garlic prawns and baked ciabatta. My companion ordered crispy chicken goujons and skinny fries. 
herby lemon, garlic prawns and baked ciabatta
crispy chicken goujons and skinny fries

My lunch was delicious, although the prawns were on the small side. The dish came with baby leaf salad and parmesan, to my horror it had a few rocket leaves (generally hate them) thrown in which I was going to pick out but decided to suffer them, and to my surprise they tasted nice mixed with the other leaves!  Apart from the prawns being small my only other disappointment was I still felt hungry afterwards; I don’t have a big stomach. My companion really liked the goujons and I had a little taste of them myself and found them quite superb, with crispy batter and plenty of chicken. A little side of lemon mayo came with it and really complemented the flavour of the goujons, just the right amount of lemon came through. 
We both enjoyed our lunch and I’d be interested to sample something from both Wally’s favourites and Wally’s sweets if there during the evening. I’d likewise be tempted to try their afternoon tea the next time we’re in town and see what it’s like, as i did spy a couple of diners at another table enjoying it. You’d need to book a day in advance for the afternoon tea though, so don’t attempt it on a whim. Alternatively, if you are sports-inclined you could call in to partake of a few drinks at their downstairs bar and perhaps enjoy the live premiere league games or a spot of rugby. 


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