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Hillsborough’s Parson’s Nose one of UK’s best gastropubs

The Parson’s Nose restaurant, in Hillsborough village, has been named as one of the UK’s top 50 best gastropubs.

The county Down favourite, which overlooks Hillsborough Castle lake, was the only Northern Ireland gastropub to the make the prestigious list, coming in at lucky number 13.

Focusing on the use of local produce, The Parson’s Nose was notable in the list for its “stand-out menu and tremendous take on gastropub classics”.

Compiled by the global travel site Big 7 Travel, the Top 50 was determined by online user reviews, a combined score of reader’s suggestions and the editorial team.

Describing the pub, Big 7 Travel said: “The Parson’s Nose is an award-winning gastropub set in an elegant Georgian townhouse in Hillsborough village.

“The menu is teeming with dry-aged steaks, succulent seafood and proper pub grub classics.

“Chefs make great use of the wonderful Northern Irish produce, with hot smoked salmon to start and a fantastic salt-aged sirloin with Bushmills pepper sauce for main.”

The Parson’s Nose has its own distinctive character, combining both a relaxed snug pub atmosphere alongside a bright interior extension and a beautiful, heated patio with a retractable roof and stunning views of the lake and Hillsborough surroundings.

The gastropub is part of Balloo House Group, which also owns Balloo House in Killinchy and Poacher’s Pocket at Lisbarnett.

Owner Ronan Sweeney said: “We are really thrilled that The Parson’s Nose has been recognised in this fantastic list of gastropubs across the UK.

“We are lucky to be surrounded by fantastic local produce and we are always excited about serving this up to our customers, whether it’s traditional pub-grub classics, authentic wood-fired sourdough pizzas or the popular gastropub at home menu we have developed over lockdown.

“We are thankful that our menu continues to please across the generations and we are always grateful to those who visit us.

“Our heated, covered outdoor space in the heart of Hillsborough has proved particularly popular over the summer months and we hope will still be valued by our guests into the crisper autumn evenings!”

Since opening in 2009, the Hillsborough dining pub has won multiple awards for its approach

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