Beannchor to open new Lisburn venue in former Wetherspoons

Conall Wolsey.

BELFAST-based hospitality group Beannchor is to open a new £1 million venue in Lisburn.

The group behind The Merchant and Bullitt hotels is expected to open ‘The Lark' in a former Wetherspoons premises next month, creating 30 jobs.

The two floor venue will mirror well-known Cathedral Quarter pub The Dirty Onion, with the upper level featuring the group's second ‘Yardbird' restaurant.

The ground level will include a fully heated and covered outdoor area, with regular live music.

The Lark will be Beannchor's third hospitality venture in Lisburn Square. It follows the £4m Haslem hotel, opened last year, and the Little Wing outlet, which has been open since 2017.

The Little Wing pizza chain currently extends to eight venues.

Beannchor director Conall Wolsey said the group will bring its expertise to modernise the city's former Wetherspoons pub.

“Opening The Lark is a demonstration of the confidence we have in Lisburn and the increasing demand from locals who are searching for premium food, beverage and leisure experiences that match those of Belfast city,” he said.

“With this significant refurbishment, we hope the venue will appeal to a wider audience group than its predecessor and further boost the Square's day and night-time economy.”

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