BARS & RESTAURANTS

Broughshane is not short of amenities to eat and drink. There are a number of  take aways which include two fish and chip shops and a local Chinese-Perfect for campers or picnickers to the village. Alternatively, there is a very good café which serves breakfasts, lunches and snacks, Soffwells.

For those wanting something a bit more traditional, there is Jane’s Kitchens. Designed as a reading room, the venue offers a wide range of home cooked foods including warm and inviting scones baked on the premises accompanied by pots of tea, cream and homemade jams.

Even more historical is The Thatch Inn. Not a lot is known about the early days but artifacts found in the premises suggest it has been here since the Plantation of Ulster and a sign showed it had been owned by a Mr. Thomas Peacock in 1773. Certainly on the succession of one, William Weir who opened the premises in 1789, when it was known as The O’Neill’s Arms, it was recognised as a long established inn where Gentlemen will meet with Good Entertainment. The Thatch is the only pub in Ireland to have it’s own brand of single malt whiskey. Charles O’Neill, was the second son of French John who owned the estate in Broughshane in which fairs and races were held. He owned and raced a mare, Podhreen Mare at these races and, it was said, she never lost a race. However Charles died from excitement on the 7th June 1769 and his mare died the same day. The whiskey is named in the horse’s honour and is known as the Podhreen Mare. The whiskey can be bought at the Inn

HRH, Charles Prince of Wales has also visited The Thatch on a couple of occasions and is reported to have said it was his favourite pub in Ireland

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  • COME ALONG

    • Find out about the history of the Little Acorn Wood.
    • Learn about the regeneration of the Waterfowl Ponds.
    • Explore the Bug Trail.
  • OPENING TIMES

    Monday          9am - Dusk
    Tuesday         9am - Dusk
    Wednesday    9am - Dusk
    Thursday        9am - Dusk
    Friday             9am - Dusk
    Saturday         9am - Dusk
    Sunday           9am - Dusk
  • DIRECTIONS

    From M2 follow signs to Ballymena. At Seven Towers Roundabout, follow M2 to sign for Ecos Centre. Turn right off slip road following sign to Broughshane. Turn left at the mini roundabout in Broughshane and park in the car park on Knowhead Road.