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The Parson's Nose in top 50 best gastropubs in UK

The Parson's Nose in Hillsborough

A CO Down restaurant is the only Northern Ireland gastropub to make it onto a prestigious list of the top 50 in the UK.

The Parson’s Nose in Hillsborough was ranked 13th best gastropub by the travel site Big 7 Travel, which was determined by online user reviews, a combined score of reader’s suggestions and the editorial team.

The restaurant was praised for its take on gastropub classics with the chefs making "great use of the wonderful Northern Irish produce".

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.

Owner Ronan Sweeney said they were "really thrilled" to be recognised on the list.

"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," he said.

Meanwhile, a well-known French restaurant in south Belfast is to close its doors next month.

The owners of L’Etoile du Nord, which is located on the Ormeau Road said it was "not an easy decision".

In a statement on Facebook, they said: "The Star stops shining...L’Etoile du Nord is going to close.

"It was not an easy decision but due to various circumstances, I think, the right one.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for coming over and over again and spreading the word about our little French place."

They added: "The shutters will be drawn on Wednesday night 13.10.21."

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