The Rostrevor Inn
Rostrevor has to be one of the most charming villages in Northern Ireland. At the beginning of the Mourne Mountains, overlooking Carlingford Lough (said by CS Lewis to be his inspiration for Narnia), the tranquil village is on the doorstep of the beautiful Kilbroney Park.
Just yards from Fairy Glen and the entrance to the park, this little jewel of an inn dates from the 18th century and is full of original features. It is close to the busy fishing village of Kilkeel so expect lots of local fish and seafood. Their most popular dishes include the Cloughmore Fish and Chips, the Big Deli Burger, Grilled Fillet of Hake and their sublime steaks (from locally reared cattle).
As they say themselves, “It’s not rocket science. Great local produce, simply but perfectly cooked. Generous portions, great value, friendly service”.
They’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast isn’t just for those who stay over – their Irish breakfast is famous in these parts. It’s their reputation for great food that prompted Hospitality Ulster to recently name the Rostrevor Inn as one of the top 100 hospitality businesses in Northern Ireland, a hugely prestigious award that includes everything from Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels to nightclubs and gastropubs. They were also listed amongst the top ten bars in Northern Ireland 2018 by Sunday Life.
It is also a pub with a great reputation for traditional Irish music sessions, live music of all kinds (their folk club attracts top names) and storytelling nights in its intimate traditional bar. So many reasons to visit again and again – at any time of the day!