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New Rabbit hotel and restaurant unveiled in Co Antrim

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The Rabbit restaurant manager, Arlene Curran with managing director, Colin Johnston

The Rabbit restaurant manager, Arlene Curran with managing director, Colin Johnston

The Rabbit restaurant manager, Arlene Curran with managing director, Colin Johnston

A Co Antrim hotel has been rebranded and is launching a new restaurant and bar as part of an overall £7m investment.

Galgorm Collection, which owns the Galgorm Resort & Spa outside Ballymena, has renamed the former 24-bedroom Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick as The Rabbit.

It’s also launched the Rabbit Bar & Restaurant seats up to 180 and boasts a large outdoor terrace, and focuses on food from the American Deep South.

“With more people holidaying at home, the Rabbit Bar & Restaurant provides a new and exciting hospitality experience – and it’s just in time for summer,” Galgorm Collection managing director, Colin Johnston, said.

“The multi-million pound project to transform and redevelop the former Templeton Hotel commenced in October last year and it represents a significant investment in the local economy, cementing our longstanding commitment to support and grow our tourism industry.

“We’re excited to reveal The Rabbit’s new name and announce plans for its full opening later this year. While work continues on preparations for the hotel’s accommodation and spa area, it’s fantastic to be able to unlock the doors to The Rabbit Bar & Restaurant and welcome locals and visitors alike.

“With full safety measures in place and an unrivalled, fresh new offering, The Rabbit is the perfect place for reuniting with loved ones and enjoying memorable new experiences.”

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