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New Rabbit Bar & Restaurant opens under Templeton rebrand

From left, Colin Johnston, managing director, Galgorm Collection, and Arlene Curran, restaurant manager, The Rabbit.

Galgorm Collection has opened its new Rabbit Bar & Restaurant on July 17, following its rebranding of the Templeton as a boutique hotel, The Rabbit.

Based in the Co Antrim village, The Rabbit Bar and Restaurant features a chic interior, bespoke lighting and eclectic décor for an unforgettable dining experience. Taking centre stage is The Rabbit’s show-stopping bar, adorned with glistening bronze.

With a menu inspired by the American Deep South, featuring seasonal, local produce and the finest cuts of meat, The Rabbit is the said to be the perfect den for couples, friends and families to escape, with a menu designed for sharing.

The Rabbit Bar & Restaurant seats up to 180 and boasts a large outdoor terrace for al fresco dining, offering stunning views of the property’s newly installed garden.

Galgorm Collection acquired the former Templeton Hotel last year and is currently undergoing a £7m investment. Extensive refurbishment work has been undertaken to upgrade the hotel’s 24 guest rooms and develop a new outdoor spa offering, due to open later this year. The Rabbit Bar & Restaurant refurbishment represents an investment of £2.5m in the property.

“With more people holidaying at home, the Rabbit Bar & Restaurant provides a new and exciting hospitality experience – and it’s just in time for summer,” said Colin Johnston, managing director, Galgorm Collection.

“The multi-million pound project to transform and redevelop the former Templeton Hotel commenced in October last year and it represents a significant investment in the local economy, cementing our longstanding commitment to support and grow our tourism industry.

“We’re excited to reveal The Rabbit’s new name and announce plans for its full opening later this year. While work continues on preparations for the hotel’s accommodation and spa area, it’s fantastic to be able to unlock the doors to The Rabbit Bar & Restaurant and welcome locals and visitors alike.

“With full safety measures in place and an unrivalled, fresh new offering, The Rabbit is the perfect place for reuniting with loved ones and enjoying memorable new experiences.”

In addition to the accommodation, spa and bar and restaurant offering, a new banqueting suite and wedding venue, The Loft, is also set to launch later this year at The Rabbit.

This exclusive-use venue offers unabridged luxury in a magical setting. With high vaulted ceilings adorned with feature chandeliers, marble dining tables, dramatic fireplaces and a lake view from the spacious outdoor terrace, the setting is said to be the ideal backdrop for weddings.

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