Belfast Telegraph

Chef Danni to serve up success at new eatery in Co Down

Balloo Inns managing director Ronan Sweeney with executive head chef Danni Barry
Balloo Inns managing director Ronan Sweeney with executive head chef Danni Barry
Acclaimed chef: Danni Barry
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

A new restaurant has opened its doors in Co Down with a menu from well-known Northern Ireland chef Danni Barry.

Overwood in Killinchy is the latest eatery in the portfolio of gastro-pub group Balloo Inns, joining restaurants such as The Parson's Nose in Hillsborough and Poacher's Pocket, Lisbane.

Three of the group's gastro-pubs are listed in the 2019 Michelin Guide.

The restaurant, which has undergone a £200,000 redevelopment, sits above Balloo House in Killinchy. The group, which employs 120 people, is headed by Ronan and Jennie Sweeney.

The pair recruited Ms Barry as their new executive head chef in February.

Formerly with Clenaghan's Restaurant in Craigavon and Belfast tapas restaurant Edo, the Mayobridge native was named Irish Restaurant Awards Chef of the Year in 2016.

She said the Overwood name reflected the "grilled over wood" menu that has been developed.

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The seafood offering includes Mill Bay oysters, voted among the top 50 foods in the world, scallops, turbot, Portavogie prawns and lobster claw meat.

Ronan Sweeney said: "Provenance and local produce has always been at the heart of everything we do at Balloo House and we aim to take this step forward with the exciting new offering.

"For the Overwood menu, chef Danni Barry is keeping it simple, using the best cuts and seafood available to us and adding a special aroma and flavour with the searing heat of the charcoal and wood fire from the new Kopa grill.

"Danni is extremely talented at creating flavour and this shows in the selection of sauces and interesting sides offered to accompany the dishes that are grilled over wood.

"This is traditional, real cooking and we could not do this without the tremendous support of the entire team at Balloo House.

"I am extremely grateful for all their dedication, passion and hard work."

Belfast Telegraph