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Local Hospitality Group Announce £500k Investment

(L-R) William, Derek and Richard Patterson from The Plough Group.

(L-R) William, Derek and Richard Patterson from The Plough Group.

(L-R) William, Derek and Richard Patterson from The Plough Group.


As Hillsborough’s iconic Plough Group of bars and restaurants approaches its 36th year of business in July, brothers William, Richard and Derek Patterson, who currently employ 220 people locally, are gearing up for the launch of their newest venture, The Vintage Rooms, which will open later this month at The Plough.  Marking an investment of £500,000 and the creation of 15 new full and part-time roles, The Vintage Rooms will serve as the only lounge bar experience in Hillsborough and is sure to attract foodies from near and far looking for that something different for lunch or a night out.

Situated at the former Bar Retro site, The Vintage Rooms will add another unique offering from the Patterson family who have continued to evolve their business over the years to include the popular Plough Inn which also includes The Bistro and Simply Seafood; The Pheasant, Annahilt, and The Tannery, Moira as part of their portfolio.

With The Vintage Rooms, the Patterson’s wanted to offer something a little different, Derek Patterson explains, “The Vintage Rooms will provide a one stop shop for a great night out and we envisage it to be a real social hub for Hillsborough. Key features will include a Spirit and Wine Library and Whiskey Cellar which will showcase the global offering of wines, spirits and cocktails on offer for all tastes to enjoy in an intimate setting.  Adding to the uniqueness of the new bar, customers will also have the option to buy their drinks by-the-bottle, and will be provided with an exclusive locker to stow their personally labelled spirits until their next visit.”

The focus of The Vintage Rooms won’t be all about the drinks offering, however.  The new bar and restaurant in addition to offering a sit down lunchtime deli offering, will include a takeaway option for customers to enjoy the famous high-quality and innovative dishes from The Plough Group on-the-go.

“We recognise that customers are becoming more and more busy these days and don’t always have the time to sit down in a restaurant to enjoy their lunch,” said Derek Patterson.  “Our new offering at The Vintage Rooms will feature delicious take-away options from our new deli including salads, wraps, and sandwiches made with the usual quality ingredients which The Plough has become synonymous for.  We expect a huge increase in our afternoon custom as a result of the new approach we’re taking to lunchtime trade.”

In addition to a boost in lunchtime trade and the exclusive drinks offerings on-site at The Vintage Rooms, the restaurant will also offer daily afternoon tea and casual dining in the form of sharing plates in the early evening from Wednesday to Saturday.

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