Belfast Telegraph

Popular pub The Parson's Nose to get a £500k facelift

By Margaret Canning

One of Northern Ireland's best-known gastro pubs is to receive a £0.5m facelift.

Balloo Inns, which last year vowed to back its chef Danny Millar after he went bankrupt, said it was investing in improving the interior and extending the outside courtyard of The Parson's Nose, in Hillsborough.

It is one of three gastro pubs in the group run by Ronan and Jennie Sweeney, along with the Poacher's Pocket and Balloo House, both in Lisbane.

All three feature in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide 2017.

Balloo Inns said the expansion of The Parson's Nose would remain faithful to the building's Georgian style and would also involve hiring new members of staff.

The venue will be closed for the expansion but will reopen next month.

Balloo Inns said the improvements come after a good trading year for 2016, during which Northern Ireland celebrated the Year of Food and Drink as part of a Tourism NI programme.

Managing director Ronan Sweeney added: "We are delighted to announce this significant investment in The Parson's Nose. We have enjoyed working on the plans and design intricacies with the architects and designers over the last number of months.

"We will continue to offer the same first-class produce, including local seafood, premium dry-aged steaks and pub grub classics, but are also excited to be introducing new culinary features to the menu, including lighter, more casual dining options."

A spokeswoman for the company said the revamped venue would contain echoes of its surroundings in Hillsborough, and would feature stone tiles like those used in a refurbishment of nearby Hillsborough Castle.

Chef Danny Millar resigned as a director of Balloo Inns after he was declared bankrupt last year, but he is still executive chef. His business partners vowed to support him through the process.

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