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Recommended Pubs and Restaurants in County Armagh

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There are a total of 8 premises in this area.


O'Hanlon's Bar (a.k.a. The Bridge Bar)
O'Hanlon's Bar  (a.k.a. The Bridge Bar) 1 Maphoner Road
Mullaghbane
Newry
BT35 9TP
(028) 3088 8284/8759 (T)
ohanlons@tiscali.co.uk (E)

400 years old and 17 generations of the same family. Traditional music. Ringed by a river walk. This is one of the "Famous Pubs Trail". The sign outside states "Failte go Teach an Droichid" OR "Welcome to the Bridge Bar" and the store is dated 1554. Full of local memorabilia. The owner, Bernard O'Hanlon, will make you more than welcome.
A CAMRA Heritage Pub


McConville's / The Mandeville Arms
McConville's / The Mandeville Arms 1 Mandeville Street
Portadown
BT62 3PB
(028) 3830 2070 (T)

An enduring, old Victorian pub with snugs and stained glass. A listed building that boasts the same batch of timbers that built the Titanic. It was named after the Duke of Mandeville and the licence goes back to 1856 but to the original premises a few yards up the street. The owners used to bottle their own Guinness, and McConville's Navy Rum was a popular drink. In fact there are several bottles still to be seen and tasted.

High ornamented ceiling, tiled & wood bar on a mosaic tiled floor. Large wooden bar back with barrel ends. Frosted glass windows. Double doors divide the bar length. One of the few remaining bars with intact snugs. These have small coloured glass panels and some of the bell push buttons still work. One snug has a side door. The gas mantle on the bar back still works as does the ornate cigar lighter. Sadly the five hand pumps are not functional now. Old style gents with black and white checkerboard tiling. An oak Domecq barrel rests upon scrolled brackets high on the wall. Large coloured glass pub sign on semi-circular ornamental hoop, internally lit. Beer garden at the rear with first floor patio and metal stairs dating back over a century. The two upper floors are unused now except as storage but sport a plethora of fireplaces of different vintages. An old cream AGA sits in the kitchen area on a tiled floor. There is an excellent model of the pub to be seen and it lights up. This is one pub not to be missed on your travels!
A CAMRA Heritage Pub


West End Bar
West End Bar 58 West Street
Portadown
BT62 3JQ
(028) 3835 3488 (T)

Typical town centre pub that has now practically disappeared. Plain black front with frosted glass windows. Wood and tiled bar, enormous bar back with barrel ends and a huge ornamental mirror. Mosaic tiled floor and ornamented ceiling. A lot of the snugs have been opened up and the front snug is used for storage, but two snug doors can still be seen. Tongue and groove seat backs. Long open back lounge for pool and music. Hot snacks (pies etc.). Worth seeking out.
A CAMRA Heritage Pub


Lyness's Bar
Lyness's Bar 1 The Square
Richhill
BT61 9PP
(028) 3887 1874 (T)

A family pub at the top of the hill run by the son, Peter, who is keen on rugby and old style values. The main lounge is full of heavy wooden beams, loads of raw brick and country memorabilia (Note the foreign beer bottles).

There is a PC internet link. When the lighting is right, look out for the shadowy figure and tell me if it is horned or hanged! The other lounge has a huge video screen. Modern layout but comfortable and relaxing. Friendly barstaff. There is an upstairs restaurant where you can enjoy special gourmet nights in comfort but with a different feel to most other restaurants. Worth hunting out.


Wee Minnie's
Wee Minnie's 1 Wall Road
Gilford
BT63 6WR
(028) 3883 2361 (T)
www.weeminnies.co.uk (W)

Dating back over 100 years (formerly as P. Fox) it is situated at the river bridge. A well kept bar inside and out. The lounge is comfortable and well lit with a real fire and a wood floor which Barbara assures me is over 40 years old. The bar has coat hooks! The usual village memorabilia & photos. Music most nights. They have their own web site.

The public bar is small and narrow with a good high bar counter and wooden ceiling. The original publican's name sign is on the wall.


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