Welcome to Friels Bar & Restaurant in Swatragh Co. Derry!

The traditional Irish Bar and Restaurant nestled in the heart of the South Derry countryside in the picturesque village of Swatragh.

Friels Bar and Restaurant is currently run by the fifth generation of the Friel family. The bar has been in the family name for over one hundred years. In the public bar, you will get a real feel of the old world, with pictures and memorabilia of bygone times. Our roaring log fire in winter makes Friels a cosy place to spend an evening.

Historically, Friels was used as a soup kitchen during the Great Famine in 1840s. Visit our famine corner, home to our original famine pot, a must-see on route to the Causeway coast!

We are a pub that takes pride in serving you in the style of a traditional Irish pub whilst giving you the service you expect from a quality restaurant.

History and Heritage

Friels Historic Bar and Restaurant was established in 1837.

In its early days was used as a soup kitchen in the Great Famine of the 1840s.

It had various owners throughout the late 1800s, where its main use was a Hotel and an Inn with a Post Office. Many a weary traveller stopped off for refreshments and to sample the local hospitality (or perhaps to send a telegram home of the sights and stories from their visit to Swatragh!)

It also was used by ‘Dr Mooney’ who had his surgery here, where many a tonic was given and ailment cured.

The premises was bought at public auction by John Friel on 26th September 1903 the deeds are displayed in the Public Bar, with the original wooden bar and ceiling intact.


We are over the moon to be awarded Tourist Pub of the Year at the Licenced & Catering Awards 2019!
We want to take this opportunity to thank all you loyal customers for your continued support & of course our hard working staff, who make this all possible. 

Tourist Pub of the Year 2019

Top 100 Hospitality Ulster 2019 & 2018

Commitment to local food pub 2016

Best Restaurant Mid Ulster 2016

Rural Pub of the Year 2015

Neighbourhood Pub of the Year 2011

Tourism Pub of the year 2010

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