With a craft distillery, a gin school, a bottle shop, a darling pub and a busy restaurant, The Stillhouse is a radical, all-encompassing project that illuminates every aspect of the culture of small-batch spirits, and a whole lot more besides.
Barbara and Stuart Hughes have always been pioneers in the drinks world, and the Stillhouse has allowed them to marry all their ambitions into one self-contained destination. There is nowhere else like it, and whilst the handsome exterior describes The Stillhouse as “Village Pub & Spirit Grocer”, that is only a fraction of what Barbara and Stuart have created.
Even from the early days, The Belfast Telegraph was rapturously describing The Stillhouse as “a revelation… sure to become a landmark.” Dave McClelland’s menus touch all the contemporary gastropub points – black pudding Scotch egg; salt and pepper squid; steak and Guinness pie – but it’s with the signature dishes that we can gauge the ambition – venison arancini with beetroot; pork belly with miso caramel and hot and sour noodle broth; Irish featherblade with smoked butter mash; dry-aged sirloin with Bushmills peppercorn cream; tonka bean creme brulée.
Moira is a town with high standards right across the board, and The Stillhouse will drive its reputation as a destination for creative eating and drinking and distilling ever closer to the stars. Bringing home a bottle of your own custom-made gin, after a day’s outing featuring great drinks and great food, is going to be the highlight of many food lover’s year.
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