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It’s ‘Gin O’clock’ at Newforge House – Celebrating 10 years in Business

Newforge House hosted a celebration of Ulster food, drink and hospitality on Monday 11th May 2015 to mark the anniversary of 10 years in business.

John Mathers said, “I can’t believe it has been 10 years – it has gone in the blink of an eye.  I am very proud of what we have achieved in those years.  Thanks to a really strong small team and fantastic local producers Newforge House has won many fabulous awards and recognition from food and travel writers. Most important to us are the valued comments and repeat visits from guests.  Newforge is a special place and we hope to help guests create special memories during their stay.”

Food and travel writers, local press and bloggers came to taste some wonderful local food and drink, and meet the people who produce it.  Guests were welcomed with a Newforge Rhubarb Gin Fizz made with Northern Irish Shortcross Gin, homemade rhubarb cordial and ‘designer ice’ made with home grown borage.  McGrath’s craft beer, from Clanconnel Brewing Co., in our neighbouring village of Waringstown was also served.

Snacks included salt aged Shorthorn beef from Peter Hannan’s Himalayan Salt Chamber in Moira and home-smoked Walter Ewing Glenarm Salmon. Tasting tables were hosted by Shortcross Gin, Clanconnel Brewing, Corleggy Cheese, and Mike’s Fancy Cheese Company.

John and Lou opened Newforge House in May 2005 with the idea of running a Country House that feels like a home from home and has the highest quality food at its heart.  It took two years of hard work to convert John’s family home into a luxurious Country House Guesthouse which now takes pride of place in Ireland’s Blue Book, Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide, John & Sally McKenna’s Irish Food Guide, Good Food Ireland, The Good Hotel Guide and Alistair Sawday.

Newforge House opened with a team of two staff – John and Lou. Over the years the team has expanded to include six fantastic local ladies. Today Newforge House has been transformed into a multi-award winning five star Country House Guesthouse.

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