The Portaferry Hotel is set to re-open this month.
Well-known local business owners Cahal and Mary Arthurs, whose family run a butchers, Dumigan’s Bar and The Ferry Grill in the town, will be at the helm of the new 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 and an exciting new option for people visiting the area. We want to create a destination hospitality offering that will attract visitors to the town, whilst also giving local people access to quality food and service on their doorstep."
Quality 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.
Mary Arthurs added: “We’re very excited and are busting with enthusiasm and plans 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.
“Living nearby and working in Portaferry, we know the importance of the hotel, as well as the need for investment in the town. We want to work with other local businesses, particularly local food and drink suppliers, to create a business that supports and grows the local economy, as well as providing employment for people in Portaferry.
“We want to play a role in rebuilding the reputation of Portaferry and restoring confidence in the local community. As business owners, we understand the importance of supporting fellow small businesses. We need to support each other; we shop locally ourselves wherever we can and we hope that our commitment to the local area will be rewarded by local people supporting the hotel.”
James Sinton, Director of North Down Leisure, property landlord said: “The Arthurs bring great local knowledge, along with a proven track record in running businesses in the town. We wish them every success in developing their vision for the business and look forward to the hotel opening to the public in the coming weeks.”