Restaurant Profile April 2018: Clenaghans Restaurant, Aghalee
Christina Higginson, co-owner of Clenaghans restaurant with her husband Stevie and head chef Danni barry, talks to HRNI
WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN?
Clenaghans opened its doors on November 14, 2017. As soon as we saw the building, we knew we had to give it a go.
TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE
We have a fabulous stone building that consists of three rooms; two with lovely open fires that we light daily. The building is full of character and the surrounding gardens are beautiful and will offer another dining experience in the better weather.
WHAT FEEL ARE YOU AIMING FOR?
We want the restaurant to be a relaxed environment, serving fabulous food, building a regular clientele where everyone feels comfortable and people come regularly.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU?
We offer pre-dinner drinks, snacks, starters, mains and desserts. Dishes proving to be favourites with the customers so far are Scallop, Salt Baked Celeriac, Mushroom and Ham Broth and Hake, Hispi Cabbage, Jerusalem Artichokes, Roast Bone Sauce, while Vanilla Rice Pudding, Blackberry Jam, Candied Almonds and Baked Apple, Cinnamon Arlette, Walnut Crumble, Aerated Custard are fast becoming our most favourite desserts. The menu is Danni.
DOES YOUR MENU CHANGE OFTEN?
Prices, seasons, fashion, demand, supply all affect your menu offering. The menu will be changing seasonally.
WHAT IS YOUR FOOD SOURCING POLICY?
We buy the best produce available to us and, when local is the best, then that is what we choose.
WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
The customer is very mixed; we get lots of local people and equal amounts of people travelling from other towns and from the south of Ireland. Sundays are a fabulous family day.
HAVE YOU FACED ANY PARTICULAR CHALLENGES TO DATE?
When in business, every day is a challenge and that is what makes it so much fun.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR RESTAURANT STAND OUT FROM COMPETITORS?
Quality food, quality service and a fabulous setting makes us very different from any local competitor. So, get booked!
HOW HAS TRADE BEEN?
We are very happy with our progress. The next stage for us is to get ready for the better weather, with outdoor furniture and kids’ climbing frames.
48 Soldierstown Road, Aghalee
Tel: 028 92652952
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