The pub on the pier

Pier 36

It's A Tradition

For nearly a quarter of a century, Pier 36 has epitomised culinary excellence in the heart of Donaghadee. Renowned for our masterfully aged steaks, each piece is meticulously dry-aged on-site for a minimum of 28 days, earning the accolade of being the finest in Ireland. Our menu harmoniously blends these succulent steaks with the freshest, locally sourced seafood, caught right off our shores, to offer an unparalleled dining experience.

At Pier 36, we believe the essence of dining extends beyond exquisite flavours. It’s about the entire experience – from the warm, inviting atmosphere that greets you upon arrival to the exceptional, personalised service provided by our courteous and well-trained staff. Our intimate setting ensures that each visit is more than a meal; it’s a cherished memory.

Founded in 1999 by the Waterworth family, our quayside pub has become a cornerstone of Donaghadee’s dining scene, celebrated for its unwavering commitment to excellence. This dedication has not only garnered us a loyal following but has also been recognised with an impressive array of awards and rave reviews over the years.

Join us at Pier 36, where tradition meets the pinnacle of culinary craftsmanship, and discover why we’ve been a beloved destination for decades.

Warm Up Your
Dining Experience

Our Restaurant

A Passion For Fresh Local Produce

Embark on a culinary journey with us and explore the vibrant flavours of the local bounty. Whether you’re craving a comforting, hearty meal or a light, invigorating dish, our extensive menu promises something special for everyone. Experience the true essence of Donaghadee’s rich culinary heritage, brought to life through our passion for wholesome, flavourful food.

Join us at Pier 36, where good food meets sustainability and every meal is an opportunity to cherish the best of what our region has to offer.

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Embrace a Toast with Your Furry Companion

Pier 36 not only delights in serving our human patrons but also welcomes their loyal canine companions.

Step out from the cold, into the warmth

Our friendly team is dedicated to ensuring every visit, whether you’re local or just passing through, is filled with comfort, camaraderie, and cheer. Join us for a laid-back experience that feels like home.

celebrate a landmark occasion

Book with us for an extraordinary setting that promises a memorable day, be it a birthday, anniversary, or custom event. Let’s make it unforgettable together.

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More Than Food

We're Also A Set from Hope Street

Pier 36 isn’t just known for its delightful dining and spirited atmosphere; it’s also a star on the screen. For several days each year, our establishment transforms into ‘The Commodore’ as seen on the beloved BBC series, Hope Street. 

Step into the limelight and experience the charm of a venue that’s captured the hearts of viewers, right here in the real world.

Be Our Guest

Embrace the Ocean's Embrace at Our Guesthouse

Start your day immersed in ocean serenity with a morning stroll by the lighthouse or a refreshing swim. Pier 36 offers beautifully adorned nautical-themed rooms with stunning sea views, perfect for any special getaway. Top off your stay with a sumptuous, made-to-order breakfast to fuel your day’s adventures.

Discover Donaghadee

A Coastal Haven

Nestled along the scenic shores of Northern Ireland, Donaghadee is a gem waiting to be explored. From the historic Donaghadee Harbour and Moat, renowned for its picturesque views and the iconic lighthouse, to the serene beauty of the Ards Peninsula, this region promises visitors a blend of tranquility, heritage, and natural splendor.

Why Visit Donaghadee?

  • Historic Charm: The Donaghadee Harbour, built by John Rennie between 1821 and 1836, stands as a testament to maritime heritage and is arguably the most photographed harbor in Ireland.
  • Panoramic Views: Take a leisurely stroll around the lighthouse and harbor, then ascend the Moat for breathtaking vistas across the North Channel to Scotland and the Isle of Man.
  • The Ards Peninsula: With Strangford Lough’s calming waters to the west and sandy beaches to the east, the Peninsula is a haven of outstanding beauty, dotted with must-visit spots like Portaferry town and Mount Stewart.

Local Places Of Interest

  • Donaghadee Lighthouse: Iconic landmark offering picturesque views of the Irish Sea.
  • The Commons: A beautiful public park ideal for picnics, walks, and family outings.
  • The Copeland Distillery: A local distillery known for its craft spirits and engaging tours.
  • Mount Stewart: A stunning 19th-century house and gardens with rich history and diverse flora.
  • Bangor Castle Walled Garden: A short drive away, this historic garden offers a peaceful retreat.

Further A Field

  • Titanic Belfast: An iconic visitor attraction and museum located at the site of the Titanic’s construction, offering interactive exhibitions about the ship’s story.
  • Belfast Castle: Historic castle offering scenic views of the city and surrounding areas, with visitor facilities and beautiful gardens.
  • Ulster Museum: A museum featuring collections that cover fine art, history, and natural sciences, located in the Botanic Gardens.
  • Crumlin Road Gaol: A former prison offering guided tours that explore its history from the Victorian era to its closure in 1996.
  • St. George’s Market: One of Belfast’s oldest attractions, offering a unique shopping experience with a wide range of local, continental, and specialty foods, as well as crafts, antiques, and entertainment.
  • Botanic Gardens: A public park with stunning gardens, exotic plant species, and the Palm House, ideal for leisurely walks and relaxation.

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