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Garvin's Hotel Bar

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Northern Ireland - Castledawson

Two star - A pub interior of very special national historic interest

Listed Status: Not listed

27-35 Main Street
BT45 8AA

Tel: (028) 7946 8778

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Built as the Dawson Arms Hotel (the etched front window is inscribed 'Hotel Bar'), it dates back to the late 18th century and has been owned by the Garvin family since that time. This is a totally unspoilt bar situated next door to the Garvin Funeral Services which is also run by the same family. The spartan bar with its black and red quarry tiled floor and few tables and chairs has been a single space since the removal of two tiny snugs at the rear left corner of the room in c.1921. On the left as you enter is an old screen forming a small open snug.

The last changes were in around 1960 when fresh mirrors were placed on the bar back fitting which has some simple shelves and a new counter added with a red Formica top. There is a small 1950s tiled fireplace (disused) on the left and tucked away around to the rear right is another 1950s tiled fireplace. At the rear the gents’ and the ante room have dado of what looks like 1930s tiled walls but possibly added in the 1950s. The ladies toilet is situated outside in the back yard – “Not many ladies drink here” says the landlord! The Dawson Arms Hotel inn sign has recently been refurbished and is on show in the bar in its full glory. Also retained are the Guinness bottle filler and both crown corks & original cork tops.

Currently only open on Friday and Saturday evenings and sells craft beer from the nearby Heaney Brewery.