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Historic Belfast church to become £8m hotel and barbecue restaurant

Historic Belfast church to become £8m hotel and barbecue restaurant
Historic Belfast church to become £8m hotel and barbecue restaurant
The interior
The interior
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

The company behind plans to turn a church and parochial house into a restaurant and hotel has said that it will spend £8m and create 100 jobs on the Ormeau Road project.

Galgorm Collection's plans for the derelict Holy Rosary Church have been recommended for approval by planners at Belfast City Council.

And if the project gets final approval at the council meeting on Tuesday, the boutique hotel and restaurant is expected to open early next year.

The company has now revealed artist's impressions of how the interior of the church will look when the work is complete.

According to Galgorm Collection, the building will be "carefully restored and preserved" to accommodate 18 bedrooms, a bar and restaurant.

The ground floor is to feature a barbecue smokehouse restaurant with a wood-burning firepit.

The grade B1 listed church has been derelict since it closed in 1980. It was then bought by Galgorm Collection - best known for its Galgorm Resort & Spa outside Ballymena - in 2017. The firm's managing director Colin Johnston said it had consulted councillors and residents "to ensure that one of Belfast's finest, historic buildings can be carefully restored".

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