The Parson's Nose Of Hillsborough, Co. Down, Included On '50 Best Gastropubs In The UK' List

Published on Sep 22 2021 1:30 PM in Pub/Bar/Nightclub tagged: Co. Derry / Big 7 Travel / The Parson's Nose


The Parson's Nose of Hillsborough, Co. Down, has been included on a "50 Best Gastropubs in the UK" list by global travel site Big 7 Travel.

The Co. Down venue overlooking Hillsborough Castle Lake was the only Northern Ireland gastropub to the make the list, coming in at number 13.

The Parson's Nose

Focussing on the use of renowned local produce, The Parson's Nose was notable in the list for its stand-out menu and tremendous take on gastropub classics.

Compiled by the global travel site Big 7 Travel, the Top 50 was determined by online user reviews, a combined score of reader’s suggestions, and the editorial team.

Describing the pub, Big 7 Travel said, "The Parson's Nose is an award-winning gastropub set in an elegant Georgian townhouse in Hillsborough village. The menu is teeming with dry-aged steaks, succulent seafood, and proper pub grub classics.

"Chefs make great use of the wonderful Northern Irish produce, with hot smoked salmon to start and a fantastic salt-aged sirloin with Bushmills pepper sauce for main."

The Parson's Nose has its own distinctive character, combining both a relaxed snug pub atmosphere alongside a bright interior extension and a beautiful, heated patio with a retractable roof and stunning views of the lake and Hillsborough surroundings.

Commenting on the accolade, owner Ronan Sweeney said, "We are really thrilled that The Parson's Nose has been recognised in this fantastic list of gastropubs across the UK. We are lucky to be surrounded by fantastic local produce and we are always excited about serving this up to our customers, whether it's traditional pub-grub classics, authentic wood-fired sourdough pizzas or the popular gastropub at home menu we have developed over lockdown. We are thankful that our menu continues to please across the generations and we are always grateful to those who visit us. Our heated, covered outdoor space in the heart of Hillsborough has proved particularly popular over the summer months and we hope will still be valued by our guests into the crisper autumn evenings!

"We would like to thank our talented and motivated at team at The Parson's Nose for all their hard work and continued contribution."

Since opening in 2009, the Hillsborough dining pub has won multiple awards for its approach and offering.

All three establishments in the Balloo Inns gastropub group in Co. Down, which includes Balloo House in Killinchy and Poacher’s Pocket, Lisbane, continue to grow steadily and endure critical acclaim, with Balloo House clinching the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand title in 2020.

"Top 30 Bars And Pubs In The UK" List

The above news follows last month's news that two bars in Northern Ireland have been included on a "top 30 bars and pubs in the UK" list that was compiled by arcade retailer Liberty Games based on positive reviews from customers following a new survey.

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