Chef Danni Barry to serve up success at Balloo House
One of Northern Ireland's top chefs has joined the kitchen at Balloo House in Killinchy.
Michelin star winner Danni Barry has been appointed executive head chef at the Co Down gastro-pub.
Last September, Danni moved to Belfast tapas restaurant Edo after leaving her Clenaghan's Restaurant partnership with Lisburn business duo Stevie and Christina Higginson.
The 34-year-old, from Mayobridge in Co Down, began working in a professional kitchen at the age of 14.
She was named Irish Restaurant Awards Chef of the Year in 2016.
The move comes as Balloo House revealed plans for an extensive £150,000 refurbishment of the upstairs restaurant which is due to start this spring.
Balloo Inns managing director and owner Ronan Sweeney said: "We are very excited about our plans for Balloo House and proud that our work since taking over in 2003 has put the small town of Killinchy firmly on the culinary map in the UK and Ireland.
"With this latest expansion of our team, our customers can expect great quality locally-sourced food through an exciting new menu created by Danni Barry, whose evident love for country pub dining makes for a great addition to our excellent team at Balloo House.
"Danni's passion for authentic flavours, fresh local fish and quality seasonal produce complements the values and ethos of the Balloo Inns Group.
"Adding to the award-winning pub dining offering, Danni's menus will feature elegant seafood dishes and popular pub classics."
Balloo Inns Group employs 120 staff across its three restaurants: The Parson's Nose in Hillsborough, The Poacher's Pocket, Lisbane and Balloo House.