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The restaurant where Prince Edward was hoping to lunch

The Manor House is an up-market guesthouse and restaurant on Church Bay on Rathlin.





The handsome late Georgian gentleman's house, the earliest parts of which date back to the 1760s, was acquired by the National Trust in 1998 and was recently refurbished to provide a little bit of luxury for visitors.

It boasts 11 bedrooms, each with an en suite, a comfortable sitting room and bright spacious dining room with stunning views over harbour to the Causeway coast.

The Brockley tea-room also offers home-made refreshments, while the large sitting and dining rooms are a popular location for meetings, conferences or special events.

Last year the restaurant which serves dishes like lobster thermidor, pan fried monkfish and North Antrim reared steak, won a Menu of Moyle award.

The Manor House has been run by Rathlin islander Damien McFaul (30) for the past five years.

Mr McFaul, who lives in the property with his wife and son, is well-known on the island and throughout Northern Ireland.

“If there had been more communication it wouldn’t have been a problem,” he said.

“I have no objections to royalty in general.

“I was kept completely in the dark. They could have been launching something that I was completely opposed to, like oil drilling off the North Antrim coast.

“It could have been the chief executive of some oil company who I wouldn’t have wanted in the house.”

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