The proprietor of The Salty Dog in Bangor, has taken the helm at neighbouring, The Boat House, injecting new life into the well-loved County Down dining hotspot and safeguarding four existing jobs.
The 10-year lease deal valued at £120,000 plus a £20,000 capital investment by Ken Sharp – a leading figure in the NI hospitality sector and experienced hotelier and restaurateur – has seen the staff numbers double, all while securing the jobs of the existing staff, including two chefs and the restaurant manager.
Tim Brunton has been appointed as Head Chef, in charge of the intimate venue’s gourmet menu and is responsible for realising Ken’s vision of being Northern Ireland’s only sensory dining experience.
Signalling a new era of ‘eating’ for Northern Irish diners, The Boat House’s a la carte and tasting menus promise to stimulate not just the taste buds but a customer’s sight, sound, smell and touch. This emphasis on gastronomic entertainment draws its influence from some of the world’s finest eating establishments, creating a point of difference in the Northern Irish marketplace.
Ken Sharp, Proprietor at The Boat House, said: “This is an exciting time for Northern Ireland’s food scene. We’re already on the map when it comes to industry recognition for quality produce and top chefs but we believe The Boat House will truly create standout for the Province, setting us alongside some of the world’s best.
“Our menus are created using the very best of local produce, with the taste heightened by the theatrical ways in which we cook, display and serve them. Complemented by a cellar full of fine wines, we’ve also invested heavily in our staff – putting an emphasis on the service aspects of the dining experience, usually associated with world class hotels. A good dining experience is about so much more than the food, the drink, the venue and the service – it’s all of those things combined and we truly believe The Boat House delivers each element to perfection.”
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