Discover the Charm of Friel's Bar & Restaurant: A Family-Run Irish Gem
Experience the warmth of Friel's, a 5th generation Irish bar and restaurant, and indulge in their signature Taste Mid Ulster dish.
In the quaint village of Swatragh, nestled in the heart of South Derry's countryside, you'll find Friel's Bar and Restaurant – a family-run, award-winning Irish gem that has been in the family for over a century. Conveniently located halfway between Belfast and Derry, just off the Glenshane Pass, this charming establishment is part of the Taste Mid Ulster Food Trail.
Step into Friels Bar Swatragh and be greeted by a cozy ambiance with an original wooden ceiling, ornate bar counter, and roaring fire. The walls are adorned with historic photographs and Guinness memorabilia, adding to the inviting atmosphere. Offering a delightful mix of an 'old man pub' and a buzzing social scene, Friel's is perfect for weekend cocktails, family Sunday lunches, and coffee catch-ups.
Indulge in their locally-sourced food, served from 12 noon, 7 days a week. Reserve a table for two in their cozy snug or gather your family in their bright open dining space. On sunny days, enjoy alfresco dining in one of their three outdoor areas, whether you're in the mood for a quick coffee or a three-course meal.
Friel's signature Taste Mid Ulster dish – Lough Neagh Eels – showcases the flavors of Mid Ulster on a plate. The dish features freshly cooked Lough Neagh smoked eels, pollan, perch, and dollaghan, accompanied by Rock Farm heritage potatoes and vegetables cooked in a garlic white wine cream sauce and topped with grilled Tirkeeran cheese.
In addition to their signature dish, Friel's offers a variety of starters, main courses, and vegetarian options, all prepared with attention to detail and using fresh, quality ingredients. Their extensive menu caters to various dietary requirements and preferences, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.
As you dine at Friels Bar Swatragh, you'll truly feel a sense of belonging in this family-run business, where the welcome is as warm as the turf fire and the Guinness flows freely.
While visiting the area, be sure to explore some of the nearby attractions, including:
The Glenshane Pass: Take a scenic drive or hike along this picturesque route, offering stunning views of the Sperrin Mountains.
Moyola Park Golf Club: Enjoy a round of golf on this beautiful, challenging 18-hole course, surrounded by gorgeous parkland and water features.
Seamus Heaney HomePlace: Discover the life and works of the Nobel Laureate at this arts and literary center in Bellaghy, celebrating his connection to the local area.
Springhill House: Visit this charming 17th-century plantation house and gardens, and learn about its fascinating history.
With its warm atmosphere, delicious food, and the surrounding attractions, Friel's Bar and Restaurant is a must-visit destination on your next trip to Northern Ireland.