Restaurant Profile November 2018: The Lobster Pot, Strangford
Steven Kilgore, Proprietor, talks to HRNI
Steven Kilgore, proprietor and David Kennedy, manager
Andrew Gargan, head chef
WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN?
We reopened the Lobster Pot in 2014. Having visited the restaurant with family as a child and always having very fond memories, I wanted to reopen and restore this restaurant and bring back its famous reputation for great food and hospitality.
TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE
We have a cosy front bar with a wood burning stove, which leads onto our Green Lounge function room and beer garden. Our front dining room has breath-taking views of Strangford Lough so, while eating, you can watch the boats sail past.
WHAT FEEL ARE YOU AIMING FOR?
We are aiming for a relaxed, warm, welcoming and cosy feel in our bar and restaurant.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU?
Our menu has a wide selection of dishes available to suit everyone, from fresh Kilkeel lobster to local Dexter beef and Finnebrogue venison. Working closely with our Manager David and Head Chef Andy, we try to use as much local, seasonal produce as possible.
DOES YOUR MENU CHANGE OFTEN?
Our menu changes four times a year as we like to give our customers a variety of dishes throughout the year, using the seasonal produce available at that time.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO TO IMPROVE AND DRIVE YOUR MENU?
We implement daily food and drink specials and introduce new and popular items to the menu throughout the year, while using social media platforms to promote these.
WHAT IS YOUR FOOD SOURCING POLICY?
We try and source as much of our food produce from as many local Northern Irish suppliers as possible, and use only the freshest and finest ingredients.
WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
Our customers vary from locals to tourists from all over the world. With Game of Thrones being filmed at Castle Ward, we have seen an increase in international visitors coming to Strangford. We host numerous film crews and recently hosted Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, while he was filming his recent music video on the Lough.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR RESTAURANT STAND OUT FROM COMPETITORS?
Having a menu with a variety of dishes at affordable prices and ensuring that all our produce is fresh and local, while providing a warm welcome and great dining experience to all our customers. We are also members of Taste of Ulster and recommended by the McKenna Guide to Ireland.
HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR RESTAURANT DEVELOPING THIS YEAR?
With Strangford becoming even more popular for tourists, we hope in the forthcoming year to extend our restaurant and services we provide, along with the addition of a boutique hotel on our premises as well.
7-11 The Square, Strangford
Tel: 028 44881288
Daily from 12-9pm