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The no-frills pub where Prince Edward ate

With14 gaming machines, a pool table and beer from just £2.50 a bottle, McCuaig’s Bar is an unlikely choice of diner for royalty.

The pebble-dashed pub, the only bar on Rathlin Island, serves no-fuss snacks for hungry visitors in its adjoining no-frills cafe, Bruce’s Kitchen.

Inside the decor is definitely not trendy — instead it is a 1970s extravaganza of orange, brown and bright green with an interesting array of photographs charting the island’s past.

There are grey plastic tables and chairs dotted around the fake wooden floor.

For al fresco diners there are a handful of rickety wooden picnic tables on the pub’s concrete veranda overlooking Church Bay.

McCuaig’s is co-owned by a businessman who used to run a £1 shop in Ballycastle and has been up for sale for several months.

Although the visit by the Earl and Duchess of Wessex was the first official royal visit to Rathlin, it is understood Princess Anne popped into the pub for a pint of Guinness during a private boat trip to the island several years ago.

Co-owner Peter McCurdy said: “We provide meals for everybody.”

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