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

Friels Bar and Restaurant is a 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 fourth 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. Ourย 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.

 

Homemade Local Food

We know how important serving local produce is, and so we are loyal to nearby farmers who supply our meat and fish for our award winning restaurant.

You’ll find Friels beer battered Donegal cod and thick cut gammon steak from the Moors of Lurgan on our Menus

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History and Heritage

Friels Historic Bar and Restaurant was established in 1846.

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 person stopped off for refreshments and sample the local hospitality, perhaps to send a telegram home of the sights and stories from their visit to Swatragh!

It also was used by a certain 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 original deeds are displayed in the Public Bar, with the original wooden bar and ceiling intact.

Friels Bar and Restaurant is currently run by the fourth generation of the Friel family, Dermot & Caitriona. 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. Ourย roaring log fire in winter makes Friels a cosy place to spend an evening.

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

Friels Bar and Restaurant is a 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 fourth 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. Ourย 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.

 

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