Yesterday was a much anticipated girlie afternoon out with one of my best friends Emma McCann and she had booked the newly re-opened Inn, Castledawson. After lying dormant for almost a year now the reopening has been a most welcome event in this beautiful village set deep in the heart of Mid-Ulster but VERY easily accessible from the A6, mid way between Belfast and L/Derry.
We received a very warm welcome from the new Proprietors – Mrs. Paula Sturges and her daughter Gilly. Paula and Gilly are the owners of Eclipse Hospitality and have over 20 years experience in the catering and hospitality industry. They have brought their executive head chef de cuisine Trevor Hancock with them. Trevor is a member of the British Culinary Federation and together with Chef Simon Jowett have cooked extensively worldwide and I am pleased to say are cooking with local produce.
It’s fair to say that the interior has been treated to a much needed face lift and they have worked wonders – it has been carefully brought up to date and is now a very warm and inviting venue with a touch of class. We were instantly put at ease and were not disappointed by our meal. Not being partial to garlic but very particial to a chicken ceasar salad the chef very kindly catered for my whimsical taste by making me my own dressing.
So if you are looking for fine food, beautiful surroundings by the river Moyola with very pleasant, top notch, but not overbearing customer service why not pay a visit to the Inn Castledawson. With a beautiful restaurant, 12 rooms, conference facilities and more – click here for more info – visit their website at www.theinncastledawson.com While you are in the village you can also take home some quality baked produce from the famous Ditty’s Bakery, pay a visit to the Horner Gallery or why not take in a round of Golf at one of Ireland’s premier golfing experiences – The Moyola Golf Course.