Newforge House has been in the Mathers family for six generations. Now under the guardianship of John Mathers with his wife Louise. A visit here starts with John’s warm welcome at the front door.Read Our Review
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Newforge House has been in the Mathers family for six generations. Now under the guardianship of John Mathers with his wife Louise. A visit here starts with John’s warm welcome at the front door. This charming man has all the natural gifts you need for the hospitality industry. He’s more than happy for guests to feel that his longstanding family home is home from home during their stay
This Georgian villa is carefully restored to retain all period character but add the necessary modern touches you need for a comfortable stay. The inviting cosy drawing room has logs ablaze in the fireplace and big sofas to lounge on. Six bedrooms are uniquely designed, with generous en-suites, period furnishings, tv, broadband access, DVD and a gorgeous hospitality tray with Belfast loose leaf tea and tea pot, fresh ground coffee and cafetiere, and home made cookies.
John is a talented natural cook. The produce he uses is exemplary in its sourcing and quality. Pleasures to be had on the breakfast menu. A large antique sideboard in the dining room holds a buffet of juices, cereals, fresh fruits, yogurts with preserved fruits and nuts. Traditional Ulster Breakfast, and superb grilled kippers among the cooked to order offerings. Afterwards, take a stroll around the gardens and meet the Mathers free range hens whose eggs grace the breakfast menu. They love leftover toast if you have any!
Dinner is served on a pre-booked basis. Guests are invited to browse and choose from the three course menu earlier in the day. That leaves time to relax, then enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the drawing room, for which all guests are invited before eating at 8pm. Seasonal eating is first and foremost here. John is a thorough and extremely discerning chef when it comes to ingredients. He always lets seasonality and availability dictate. Local Himalayan Salt aged Shorthorn beef and fresh Irish fish often feature, alongside vegetables and salads from the house garden. Dessert is irresistible, but the cheeseboard will also tempt. John’s knowledge of the cheeses he uses and their condition is outstanding. A wine list to match all this is just as conscientiously collated as the menu. An impressive selection from Old and New World. The house dining room seats 22 at tables, or 35 for a canapé or buffet reception. Small weddings and special celebrations are always welcomed. Newforge is perfectly located for the M1 motorway for Dublin. Easy road connections to Belfast International and City airports and ferry terminals also.