Restaurant Profile March 2017: Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, L/Derry
Ian Orr is Chef Patron of Browns Restaurant Group, a portfolio of restaurants in L/Derry that has beckoned high profile awards. Here we get the insider knowledge from the main man on what has made Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge the best in the county. Twice...
WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN?
I opened Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge with my business partner Marcus Roulston in 2009
TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE
We have a restaurant which seats 65 diners and a lounge area which seats around 30
WHAT FEEL ARE YOU AIMING FOR?
Having won the ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster’ twice, in 2013 and 2016, we aim to provide our customers with an exceptional fine dining experience for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. We’ve specifically decorated the restaurant so diners can feel at home in our restaurant at any time of the day or night – be it a quick business lunch with a client, a midweek early bird meal for the family, a Sunday lunch gathering with friends or an indulgent romantic Saturday night out.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU AND WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT?
Our menu focuses on local and seasonal produce and changes with the seasons and the inspiration for our menu comes from researching new ingredients and new techniques to give our diners an experience not to forget.
DOES YOUR MENU CHANGE OFTEN?
We change our menus seasonally and we offer special menus for Valentine’s, Mother’s Day and New Year’s Eve. If we’re hosting a wine dinner then we’ll ensure the menu and wines pair perfectly and if I’m hosting a cooking demonstration then I’ll tailor the menu to the theme eg healthy eating, desserts or Christmas.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO TO IMPROVE AND DRIVE YOUR MENU?
We research and taste!
WHAT IS YOUR FOOD SOURCING POLICY?
If it’s on our doorstep, it’s in our kitchen – providing it’s of the quality we expect of course.
WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
Our customers are wide and varied, from newborns to seniors and everyone in between.
HAVE YOU FACED ANY PARTICULAR CHALLENGES TO DATE?
We’re fortunate to be situated in a city that celebrated being the first UK City of Culture in 2013 and that has just been named ‘Destination Delicious’ at the recent Year of Food and Drink awards so, thankfully, apart from challenging ourselves everyday to be the best, we haven’t faced any particular challenges as a business.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR RESTAURANT STAND OUT FROM COMPETITORS?
By consistently providing our customers with exceptional fine food
HOW WAS TRADE OVER THE PAST YEAR?
It was the Year of Food and Drink so foodies were out in force!
HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR RESTAURANT DEVELOPING THIS YEAR?
We will be continuing to experiment with the freshest and finest local produce to provide a unique dining experience for our customers.
Address: 1 Bonds Hill, Londonderry BT47 6DW
Tel: 028 7134 5180
Open from lunchtime Tuesday until Sunday evening for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
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