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Bangor’s Boat House becomes first Northern Ireland restaurant to make Sunday Times Top 100 list

Published 17/11/2015

Joery Castel of the The Boat House. Pic: Matt Mackey Press Eye.
Joery Castel of the The Boat House. Pic: Matt Mackey Press Eye.
Joery Castel of the The Boat House. Pic: Matt Mackey Press Eye.
Joery Castel of the The Boat House. Pic: Matt Mackey Press Eye.

The Boat House in Co Down, has become the first ever restaurant in Northern Ireland to feature in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurant List.

The honour follows hot on the heels of the Bangor-based restaurant, owned by Dutch brothers Joery and Jasper Castel, winning a highly coveted Three AA Rosettes- one of only four restaurants in the whole of Northern Ireland to achieve this standard.

The restaurant was also awarded the Best Restaurant in County Down title, for the fifth year running, at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2015, and Joery was voted YesChef Ulster Chef of the Year for 2016.

Head chef Joery said: "'This is without doubt my proudest day in hospitality – and tops a fantastic year for the restaurant.

“To win four awards in a year makes all of our hard work worthwhile.

“Our small team has a real passion for combining the best quality local produce with classic and modern cooking techniques.

"We are honoured to be included on the Sunday Times UK Top 100 List amongst such distinguished company.''

The Boat House was placed 50th in the guide, which was published on Sunday, November 8.

The eatery was placed ahead of esteemed TV chefs, James Martin and Gordon Ramsey.

The list is compiled by The Sunday Times in association with Harden's – now in its sixth annual edition - is based on 63,000 reviews from almost 7,000 diners.

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The restaurant, which is housed in one of the most unique and historically interesting buildings in North Down, dating back to 1849, was also identified in the supplement as being one of the least expensive. It was the second cheapest out of 100 on the list.

Editor of The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, Karen Robinson, said: "The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants combines the opinions of thousands of diners to produce a definitive list.

“Basing it on the ratings of everyday restaurant-goers, who are paying their own money, means it is an honest reflection of the nation's tastes, so chefs and restaurants should be truly proud to make the list.”

Joery added: “It has been a wonderful year for the whole team and 2016 shows no signs of letting up. I am very excited to be playing a part in Northern Ireland’s fantastic hospitality industry."

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