Hillsborough Cafe wins Irish Breakfast Award

At Yellow Door this week we were very happy to receive a Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Award in the Visitor Attraction Category for our Hillsborough Cafe venue.

What the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards had to say

A splendid late Georgian ‘Big House’ with a fascinating history, Hillsborough Castle is now an official UK government residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and of the Queen. Following a major restoration, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens opened to the public in April 2019, and you can now do a tour of the castle’s elegant State Rooms (still used by the royal family), and explore the 100 acres of beautiful gardens – with sustenance provided by Simon Dougan’s famed Yellow Door Catering. The team includes another leading chef, Barry Smyth, who is the Managing Partner at Hillsborough Castle with responsibility for Hillsborough Café (at the Visitor Centre near the car park and open to all) and the Stableyard Tearooms (ticket holders only). This is a unique destination and, while the Café is large, to allow for tours and large numbers at busy times, it also has some comfy smaller areas that are appealing to individual visitors, and outdoor seating too, so it’s become a popular place for locals to pop into for a bite. 

Special breakfast highlights

To the credit of all, this new jewel in the crown of Northern Ireland’s already impressive tourism offering is a committed ambassador for the region’s – and Ireland’s – food history and culture. A hearty breakfast of, for example, the ‘Full Ulster Fry’ (with both soda bread and potato bread) in the Café will set visitors up for a day’s exploring. The Yellow Door supplier list reads like a who’s who of quality Irish food, including names like Clandeboye and Glenilen yoghurt (North Down and West Cork respectively), Whites Oats of Armagh, Kennedy dry cure bacon, Quails sausages(Banbridge), Cavanagh free range eggs (Fermanagh) and the wonderful Abernethy butter (Down) among many others. All round, it’s a wonderful destination – one for the bucket list.

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