Restaurant Profile May 2018: Molly’s Mill, Laurencetown
Cathal O’Boyle, owner of Molly’s Mill, talks to HRNI
WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN?
We opened our doors on October 31 (Halloween Night) – the aim was to open with a bang! The site we are located on has long been associated with the restaurant trade. However, unfortunately, prior to this it had been closed for several years and we wanted to restore it to its former glory and create a restaurant synonymous with good honest food.
TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE
We are located on the old Halls Mill site in Lawrencetown. The building is stunning from the outside – it has the charm of a country manor with its red brick exterior and wooden beams. However inside it was in need of a refurb. We have completely refurbished all of our rooms to give it a luxurious modern feel while maintaining that rustic country vibe. The Mill Bar has the feel of a traditional country pub offering lunch and bar snacks in front of a wood burning stove; we also pay homage to our heritage and history with photographs from days gone by. Pass into our restaurant and lounge and there is a completely different feel; there is an elegance and a more formal atmosphere. Here we have a different food offering and also serve our afternoon teas. As well as relaxing in our dining room, you can sit in our open conservatory admiring our beautiful country setting and overlook the charming river.
WHAT FEEL ARE YOU AIMING FOR?
At Molly’s Mill, we want to create something special – a destination restaurant and dining experience. We want our bar to be the traditional country pub for locals and travellers alike. With our hearty pub grub, we want to satisfy all our diners and create a family-friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy, providing live music on Saturday nights. With our restaurant and tea rooms, we want to create something that we believe no one else will offer – our afternoon tea packages and seasonal menus will satisfy the foodies throughout the country. In our restaurant, our décor is modern and fresh giving our diners a stunning setting to enjoy our beautiful food offerings.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU?
We offer two separate menus – our bar snack menu is available in the Mill Bar and includes the likes of Fish and Chips, homemade hand pressed Beef Burgers and traditional Roast Beef made with proper gravy. In our restaurant, we offer something different – the menu is based on fresh seasonal produce using local producers – dishes include King Scallops with Smoked Lough-Neagh Eel or why not try our Sugar Pit Pork Chop served with a Tasty Toffee Apple Sauce. Our weekly specials in our restaurant offer our diners something even more special – recent dishes include the very popular Pan Seared Wood Pigeon served with Sweet Potato Fondant & Rosemary Jus and the Venison Steak served with a Bitter Chocolate Sauce!
DOES YOUR MENU CHANGE OFTEN?
Our restaurant menu changes with the seasons, and we offer daily and weekly specials in both our bar and restaurant.
WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
Our customers are local country folk, foodies, farmers, business men, seafood lovers… we believe with our offerings, we can satisfy everyone!
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR RESTAURANT STAND OUT FROM COMPETITORS?
As a new business, it is vital to use our social media presence to grow our customer base. We also want to showcase ourselves as a restaurant that gives back to the industry – we are extremely passionate about the development and growth of young chefs and want to create a platform for young chefs to learn and develop into the best in the industry. We currently have an ambitious passionate team of chefs and want to continue to grow and offer them opportunities to further their careers in hospitality. We want to continue to build on our amazing opening six months and keep growing and meeting our customers’ expectations. We will be launching our wedding packages this summer which we are all looking forward too.
114 Banbridge Rd, Laurencetown
Tel: 028 4062 8625
Tue–Thur & Sun: 12–8pm
Fri & Sat: 12–9pm
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