£500k investment at award-winning Co Down gastro-pub

The Parson's Nose in Hillsborough has undergone a £500,000 refurbishment

AN award-winning Co Down gastro-pub has just completed a half a million pound redevelopment.

The Parson's Nose in Hillsborough re-opened its doors last month following the significant refurbishment, which saw a wood-fired oven installed to add to the culinary experience.

The redevelopment, led by commercial interior architect Paul Haffey, features a new interior and substantial bright extension, serving up for the first time al fresco dining overlooking the Hillsborough Castle Lake.

The work is supplemented by a new menu from chef Danny Miller which includes slow-fermented sour dough pizzas and wood-fired fish.

Ronan Sweeney, owner of the Parson's Nose and managing director of the Balloo Inns group, which also includes Balloo House in Killinchy and the Poachers Pocket in Lisbane, said the work marked a new chapter in the business.

"The restaurant still has its relaxed, cosy, Georgian pub atmosphere, but we have built on this and also added a lighter, more open feel towards the back of the premises accentuating the beautiful Hillsborough surroundings," he said.

"We are also excited about the diverse new menu, which still includes the traditional classic dishes we are well-known for alongside new additions that we hope will offer a more rounded experience for diners and families."

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