Galgorm Golf Club – Dining ‘par excellence’
An extensive refurbishment and redevelopment has dramatically upgraded Galgorm Golf Club restaurant and bar, following its acquisition by Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland’s leading luxury hotel and wellness destination
Representing an investment of £600,000, the project involved the expansion and upgrading of the club’s existing dining facilities to include a 150-seat restaurant as well as a 60-seat open air balcony terrace providing unrivalled views across the castle grounds and golf course.
Main contractors for the scheme were Abbey Upholsterers; the designer was Cheah Rothe.
The all-new restaurant, which opened in August, has created 50 new jobs across the food, beverage and front-of-house departments.
Home to the NI Open 2018, Galgorm Castle Golf Club attracted some of the biggest names in golf in August, and with the restaurant opening ahead of the tournament, spectators were treated to a food and beverage offering on par with some of the world’s leading courses.
Colin Johnston, Galgorm General Manager, said: “We are delighted to announce this latest addition to our portfolio. It is an exciting step in our expansion strategy and further strengthens the relationship we have with the team behind Galgorm Castle Golf Club.
“Galgorm is already recognised the world over as a luxury leisure destination – in 2017 we won the title of Global Spa of the Year which is an incredible endorsement. With championship grade golfing facilities on offer and home to the NI Open, the acquisition of the bar and restaurant further consolidates that reputation.”
As well as supporting its world-class leisure proposition, the move represents a further strategic enhancement of the group’s award-winning culinary offering, adding to its impressive suite of Galgorm dining options, which includes the 3AA Rosette River Room Restaurant, Gillies Bar & Restaurant and Fratelli’s in addition to its Belfast-based restaurants Fratelli’s and Café Parisienne.
Colin continued: “We have paid acute attention to every detail of the new premises, from the interior design to the membership structure. We wanted to connect all aspects of the properties, creating a seamlessly integrated experience for guests with endless possibilities.
“We have just finalised the details on a new partnership with The Country Garage BMW to offer guests a luxury BMW transfer service between the resort and the new restaurant. We also have plans to offer a combined spa and golf membership providing a fully holistic approach to our guest’s leisure time.
“The stunning refurbishment, which is a mix of rustic charm and luxury touches, combined with the bespoke extras and sumptuous food offering, adds a distinct and valuable new dimension for guests at Galgorm.”
Cheah Rothe is an architectural firm specialising in interior design for hospitality and high-end residential projects. Cheah Rothe was formed two years ago from the partnership of Stephen Cheah and Michal Rothe, who between them have over 25 years in the prime hospitality and residential markets.
The practice works closely with furniture manufacturers and prides itself on the level of detail it employs to make an exquisite piece of furniture. Past projects have included The Bvlgari Hotel Knightsbridge, ESPA at The Corinthia Hotel, The Cadogan, One Hyde Park, Southbank Place, The Shard – Show Apartments, Nobu Monaco, The Connaught, Claridge’s, The Kings Library Chelsea and Buxmead Bishops Avenue London, amongst others.
Working on the Galgorm Golf Club project, Cheah Rothe was responsible for the full design concept, taking the project from inception through to full planning and building control permissions. This included full interior design, all finishes, furniture/fabric/ wallpaper/planting selections, right down to sourcing scene dressing materials from auctions and salvage yards – including a taxidermy badger!
Stephen Cheah, said:
“The design concept is a modern interpretation of Mid-Century Boho Chic – “Mad Men” meets Shoreditch! Eclectic wall papers, sumptuous fabrics, mid-century inspired furniture, feature planting and intimate lighting have been carefully assembled to create The Castle – Kitchen + Bar.”
“The main restaurant is an impressive double height banqueting hall with large comfy seating and is open to The Kitchen, a busy open servery featuring ‘the Bull’, a meat locker and a fire pit! Our Bar with wood burning stove, sofas and rugs, offers a more intimate cosy seating area and is linked to the restaurant by our large wrap around horseshoe bar.
“The roof terrace is inked to the restaurant with a large bi-fold opening and is a casual space to enjoy a cocktail or snack. With the BBQ shack and beer garden feel, you can lounge with views over the golf course and surrounding countryside.”