New tenants are preparing to reopen Portaferry Hotel
The Portaferry Hotel is set to re-open this month after its former tenants shut the business last year.
Well-known business owners Cahal and Mary Arthurs, whose family run a butchers, Dumigan's Bar and The Ferry Grill in the town, will now be at the helm of the operation. The Arthurs expect to open the hotel in mid-February.
Cahal Arthurs said: "Our family has run businesses in Portaferry for over 50 years. We are passionate about the development and regeneration of the town and feel that the re-opening of the Portaferry Hotel is central to the prosperity of the town.
"Our vision is that the Portaferry Hotel will be a family-focused business and a hub for the community. We want to create a destination hospitality offering that will attract visitors to the town, while also giving local people access to quality food and service on their doorstep."
Food will be at the heart of the Arthurs' strategy to reinvigorate the hotel's offering, with plans to focus on developing a bar food menu and quality and affordable Sunday lunches.
"We're very excited and are bursting with enthusiasm. We plan to breathe new life into the Portaferry Hotel. We hope to create a destination boutique hotel that will be built on a firm family-focused ethos," Mary Arthurs said.
"Living nearby and working in Portaferry, we know the importance of the hotel, as well as the need for investment in the town." She said the hotel would work with food and drink suppliers in the area. The hotel is part of the Beannchor group of hospitality businesses, which also includes the five star Merchant Hotel in Belfast.