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What’s on this Summer

The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and the longer days are upon us. It can only mean one thing – it’s time for a Summer Getaway. With the summer spirit in full swing, there's no better moment to plan a luxurious escape to recharge your batteries and prepare for the fun-filled months ahead. The Old Inn, Northern Ireland’s perfect rural retreat, has all the options you need for the ultimate summer break. Whether you're looking for rejuvenating spa experience, exclusive getaways, exquisite dining options, or unique accommodations, kick off your summer with a taste of luxury at The Old Inn.


Nestled in the picturesque village of Crawfordsburn, Co Down, The Old Inn provides a charming summer escape. With scenic views of the stunning coastline and country park that come to life with floral bliss at this time of year, this historic hotel, dating back to 1614, exudes warmth, charm, and character.


Renowned for its outstanding dining at the AA Rosette Old Inn Restaurant and the hotel's Treetop Spa, offering a haven of relaxation with top-notch facilities and panoramic forest views, immerse yourself in the tranquillity of summer at The Old Inn and create lasting memories amidst its timeless ambience and natural beauty.

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Baked Duck Egg Custard Tart with Nutmeg Ice Cream

Introducing a new addition to our Spring menu: the exquisite duck egg custard tart served with a side of our handcrafted nutmeg ice cream. Executive Head Chef Gavin Murphy has meticulously crafted this dish, and now, we're excited to share the recipe with you. Be sure to tag us in your creations on our social media platforms for a chance to showcase your culinary skills.




For the tart case:
  • 500g Plain Flour
  • 250g Icing Sugar
  • 250g Unsalted Butter
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 4 Large Egg Yolks


For the custard filling:
  • 6 Duck Eggs
  • 210g Caster Sugar
  • 450ml Double Cream
  • 450ml Full Fat Milk
  • 3 Drops Vanilla Extract


For the ice cream:
  • 450g Double Cream
  • 180g Egg Yolk
  • 360g Caster Sugar
  • 150ml Water
  • 10g Ground Nutmeg


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Blossom into springtime with a luxury rest and recharge at The Old Inn

The birds are singing, the mornings are brighter and there’s a grand old stretch in the evenings. All that can mean just one thing – Spring has sprung at last.


And with those feel-good vibes in the air, it’s the perfect time for an indulgent rest and recharge to set you up for the action-packed months ahead.


The Old Inn, Northern Ireland’s historic rural retreat, nestled in the charming village of Crawfordsburn can be found a short 10-minute drive from Belfast city centre. Overlooking a fabulous country park and just a short walk from the spectacular Co Down coastline, the hotel dates back to 1614 and is packed with history, charm and character.


Renowned for its exceptional dining experience in the AA Rosette Old Inn Restaurant and for the top-class facilities and breathtaking views from the Treetop Spa, The Old Inn is the perfect location for a delightful getaway this spring.


The Old Inn

Settled in the beautiful village of Crawfordsburn, Co Down, The Old Inn offers a delightful getaway for the season. Overlooking a fabulous country park and just a short walk from the spectacular Co Down coastline, the hotel dates back to 1614 and is packed with history, charm and character.


Known for its exceptional dining experience in the AA Rosette Old Inn Restaurant, its Treetop Spa boasts top-class facilities and breathtaking views for a rejuvenating break away from it all.


Step into Spring

As the natural world reawakens after a long, cold winter, The Old Inn is an idyllic spot to watch it all unfold. The blooming flowers and budding trees, there in abundance, create a stunning backdrop for your own experience of Springtime rejuvenation. Take a leisurely walk through the nearby Crawfordsburn Country Park, relax in the Treetop Spa or sit by the fire with a good book. An overnight ‘Step Into Spring’ stay at The Old Inn, from £270 per room is available Sunday to Thursday in April and May, and comes complete with access to the Treetop Spa, a 3-course dinner and bottle of house wine, and a delicious Full Irish Breakfast to round it all off. A perfect getaway to rest and reset.


To find out more, or to book, visit


Sunday Sleepover

Well, it is supposed to be a day of rest, so why not take your Springtime Sunday relaxation to the next level with a ‘Sunday Sleepover’ at The Old Inn? Tuck in to a delicious two-course Sunday lunch at The Old Inn’s AA Rosette restaurant with a meal from a carefully crafted menu. Visit the Treetop Spa, perched above the spectacular Crawfordsburn Country Park, and enjoy unrivalled forest views for a true sense of peace and tranquility. After a rejuvenating sleep, enjoy a Full Irish Breakfast before stepping back into real life, back to your best. Enjoy the Sunday Sleepover package at The Old Inn from £260 per room.


To find out more, or to book, visit


All offers are subject to availability. For more information or to book The Old Inn this spring, please visit:


Address: 15-25 Main Street, Crawfordsburn, Bangor, Co. Down, BT19 1JH

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Gavin's Natural Smoked Cod Fillet, Broccoli & Orzo Bake

The Old Inn Executive Chef Gavin Murphy has shared a delicious and nutritional recipe for you to enjoy cooking at home! 

Galgorm Collection are celebrating World Wellness Weekend this September, which aims to inspire and empower people to make healthier choices and enjoy an active lifestyle with family & friends. The Old Inn Executive Chef Gavin Murphy has shared a delicious and nutritional recipe for you to enjoy cooking at home!

Serves Four

Per serving: Kcal 618, Fat 6g, Saturates 1g, Carbs 78g, Sugars 18g, Fiber 11g, Protein 57g, Salt 1.3g



• 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Plus a little for Drizzle

• 200g Chopped Onion

• 2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika

• 2 Teaspoons Chipotle Paste

• 400g Tender stem Broccoli

• 800ml Hot Vegetable Stock

• 300g Med Orzo

• 1 Teaspoon Bunch Chopped Dill

• 2 Teaspoons Chopped Flat Parsley

• 100g Frozen Garden Peas

• 3 Skinless Cod Fillets (approx. 150g each)

• 300ml Fat-free Yogurt

• Half of Lemon

• Salt & Pepper



1) Preheat oven to 200 degrees

2) In an oven proof frying pan add olive oil and diced onion cook slowly until tender

3) Add the Paprika, chipotle paste, broccoli and stock

4) Stir in orzo transfer to oven for 10 minutes

5) Remove from oven stir in peas and half the herbs

6) Place fish onto orzo

7) Drizzle with olive oil, season with paprika, salt and pepper

8) Place back into oven and cook for another 10/12 min until the fish is cooked and the orzo is tender

9) Mix the remaining herbs with the yogurt. Squeeze in the lemon and serve with the cod

10) Enjoy

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Galgorm Collection unveils groundbreaking new loyalty scheme in Northern Ireland: A new chapter in Luxurious Loyalty

Galgorm Rewards employs digital tech to elevate the guest experience into 2024 and beyond with an unrivalled rewards programme across its entire portfolio


Galgorm Collection, renowned for its legacy in luxury hospitality, has officially launched a new, groundbreaking loyalty initiative, Galgorm Rewards.


As the first of its kind for a Northern Irish independent hospitality group, this programme encompasses the Galgorm Collection portfolio; Galgorm, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, The Old Inn, and the esteemed Fratelli and Parisien restaurants in Belfast.


Creating endless opportunities to save, the new ‘Galgorm Rewards’ programme redefines guest experiences, creating a seamless and rewarding journey across all properties, enabling registered visitors and guests to unlock real value and new possibilities when they redeem their points for a variety of Galgorm Collection reward vouchers which they can use themselves.


Designed with simplicity in mind, the loyalty programme is complimentary to join, meaning every visit now comes with the added allure of earning points towards exclusive rewards. Guests can start to enjoy the benefits when they register, with 1 point gained for every £1 spent across any of its hotels or venues. Rewards span across all properties and can vary from either a pampering spa day to an exquisite dining experience, or a serene retreat.


Effective immediately, the new loyalty programme means visitors and guests can check their balance and redeem their Galgorm Rewards at any time. The App is available to download at the Apple App Store and through Google Play.


Elaine Kelly, Project and Systems Manager at Galgorm Collection, said, "At Galgorm Collection, we believe that every guest should be treated to a remarkable and memorable experience. Galgorm Rewards is our way of thanking our valued guests by adding an extra layer of joy to their visits. It's our gift—a token of appreciation for choosing us. The groundbreaking initiative is safe, simple and easy to use so that our guests can enjoy more of what they like most.


As the region’s first independent hotel group to introduce a digital loyalty reward scheme, our newest innovation underpins our reputation as a future-focused market leader committed to delivering hospitality excellence in every area.”


The new initiative marks the latest in a series of major milestones across the entire Galgorm Collection.


In December, Galgorm was named as the best UK Spa at the AA Hotel Spa awards, with its thermal village gaining the award due to its exceptional and exemplary spa standards and outstanding wellness experiences. It also won an unprecedented six awards at the prestigious 2023 World Luxury Awards hosted in Athens and secured the Best Destination Spa 2024 title at the recent Conde Nast Johansens Awards in London.


One of its newest properties, the Old Inn in Crawfordsburn, a historic landmark exuding timeless sophistication, became its latest venue to secure AA 4 Star Silver rating and a prestigious AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence. Since being acquired by Galgorm Collection in 2021, The Old Inn has already achieved a listing within Ireland’s Blue Book 2023 and was also named in the Irish Independent’s ‘FAB 50’ Top Stays in Ireland 2022.


“At Galgorm Collection, we listen to the needs of our guests and then innovate to ensure their experience is the best it can be – and there is plenty to enjoy,” Galgorm Collection Group Marketing Manager Victoria Brown said. “As we continue our focus on innovation, pushing the boundaries in loyalty and service, our new Galgorm Rewards programme marks an important milestone in our growth and in enhancing our guests’ overall experience every time."


Galgorm Collection also became the first hospitality group on the island of Ireland to achieve official ‘Great Place to Work’ certification, based on exceptional employee experience.


A major local employer, Galgorm Collection has dramatically scaled up its hospitality footprint and workforce over the last decade following a £90 million investment into the ongoing expansion and refurbishment of its flagship property Galgorm, with its latest investment project aiming to add new accommodation types and spa facilities by 2027.


Committed to working towards a sustainable future, protecting the environment, and reducing its carbon footprint through its Green Policy 10-Point Plan, Galgorm recently became the first hotel in Northern Ireland to achieve gold in two top sustainability accolades from Green Tourism in recognition of its “exceptional commitment to sustainable practices.”


For more information and to download the Galgorm Rewards App, visit:



About Galgorm Collection:

Galgorm Collection stands as a beacon in the hospitality sector, offering a diverse range of luxury experiences across hotels, spas, and dining establishments. With an unwavering commitment to excellence and a fervor for creating unforgettable moments, Galgorm Collection continues to set the standard for hospitality in the UK and beyond.

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Have A Merry Little Christmas

Escape to the charming village of Crawfordsburn this Christmas for an exceptional gourmet getaway, where culinary excellence and relaxation go hand in hand.

Have A Merry Little Christmas at The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn

From the moment you arrive at the thatched property, known as one of Ireland’s, most historic inns, with a history dating back to 1614, the magic of Christmas is all around. Located just a short 10-minute drive from Belfast city centre, escape to the charming village of Crawfordsburn this Christmas for an exceptional gourmet getaway, where culinary excellence and relaxation go hand in hand. Recognised as an AA 4 Star Silver hotel for its cuisine and home to the serene Treetop outdoor spa, overlooking the frost tipped fir trees in the stunning Crawfordsburn Country Park, there is plenty of Christmas bundles on offer to ensure that you embrace the most wonderful time of the year at The Old Inn.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas at The Old Inn, 24 -26 December

Revel in the magic of Christmas at The Old Inn, embodying a playful blend of the old and the new, the local with the worldly and feel right at home this Christmas as you are welcomed with heart-warming hospitality, a seasonal cocktail and luxury canapés. Once settled in, wrap up in a fluffy robe and make your way to the showstopping outdoor Treetop Spa designed to relax even the busiest of minds. Once you have worked up an appetite indulge in a festive three-course meal designed by The Old Inn’s notoriously skilled chefs before joining your nearest and dearest to sing carols and snack on mince pies around the Christmas tree and sip on your festive favourites before tiptoeing off to bed. Whether your Christmas morning begins with a glass of buck’s fizz, a peaceful trip to the Treetop spa or a morning dip in Helen’s Bay, make it a memorable one at The Old Inn. This package includes a two-night stay from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and is subject to availability. For more information and to book, visit

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Ploughman’s Lunch for Two

For the Scotch Egg


• 2 free range hen eggs

• 200g sausage meat

• 200g plain flour

• 1 egg

• 200ml whole milk

• 200g panko breadcrumbs



1. Put the 2 free range eggs into boiling water and boil for 4 minutes then put into cold water to cool quickly

2. Meanwhile in 3 separate bowls, you need bowl 1 the flour, bowl 2 whisk the 1 egg with the milk, bowl 3 the panko crumbs

3. When eggs have cooled, peel and first coat the eggs with the flour then into the egg wash and lastly into the panko crumbs

4. Leave aside to deep fry later


For the Gammon


• 200g gammon slipper

• 2 cloves

• 1 orange

• 1 tablespoon of sugar



1. Steep the gammon overnight in cold water in the fridge to get rid of some of the sulfites

2. Next day wash off the gammon in cold water and put into large pot, cover with lots of fresh water add the remaining ingredients and boil for approximately 1.5 hours or until tender and breaking away. When cooked leave to cool in the cooking liquor.

3. When gammon has completely cooled, remove excess fat, and tear into large chunks and leave aside.


You will also need:

• 200g of good cheddar cheese, smoked if you prefer

• Sourdough bread

• 1 baby gem lettuce cut in half and washed

• 100g of washed watercress

• Pickled vegetables

• Piccalilli

• Goose fat


To Prepare

1. Deep fry your egg for 3 minutes or until golden and crispy, leave to cool for a minute

2. Wash the gem and watercress

3. Cut the cheese into 4 even wedges

4. Slice the bread thickly smear with the goose fat and chargrill

5. Cut the eggs in half being careful not to loose all the runny yolk


To Plate

1. On each plate put half the watercress and baby gem

2. 2 large tablespoons of the pickled vegetables

3. 2 halves of the scotch egg

4. 2 of the cheese wedges

5. A good portion of the pulled gammon

6. Heaped tablespoon of the piccalilli

7. 2 chunky slices of the goose fat charred bread Serve and enjoy!

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A Timeless Gem: The Old Inn Crawfordsburn and its Surrounding Activities

Nestled within the picturesque village of Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland, The Old Inn stands as a testament to the enduring charm of historic inns. 

A Timeless Gem: The Old Inn Crawfordsburn and its Surrounding Activities


Nestled within the picturesque village of Crawfordsburn, Northern Ireland, The Old Inn stands as a testament to the enduring charm of historic inns. With its origins dating back to the 17th century, this remarkable establishment combines rich history, luxurious hospitality, and a vibrant setting that invites guests to embark on a journey through time. Beyond the warm embrace of its centuries-old walls, The Old Inn opens doors to a world of captivating activities, showcasing the beauty and diversity of the surrounding County Down area.


A Glimpse into History

The Old Inn Crawfordsburn is a living embodiment of history. Built in 1614 as a coaching inn, it has welcomed guests for generations. Its thatched roof, ancient stone walls, and low ceilings are windows to a bygone era, where fireside tales were spun, and weary travellers found respite.

Today, The Old Inn has been lovingly restored to offer modern comforts without compromising its historic character. Each room tells a unique story, with period furnishings and modern amenities harmoniously blended to create an atmosphere of rustic elegance. Staying at The Old Inn is like stepping into a time machine, a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in Northern Ireland's rich history.


Culinary Delights

The Old Inn Crawfordsburn is renowned for its culinary excellence. The on-site dining experience is a journey through Northern Ireland's flavours, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant offers a menu that celebrates the region's culinary heritage, featuring dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. From traditional Irish breakfasts to sumptuous dinners and afternoon tea, every meal is a gastronomic adventure.

In addition to the AA Rosette Restaurant, The Old Inn boasts the contemporary Lewis Restaurant 1614 Bar, where guests can savour modern dishes with international influences in a relaxed and inviting setting and bring their pooch along if they like as the bar is dog-friendly! The inn's commitment to culinary excellence extends to its afternoon tea, which is a delightful indulgence for visitors who love a timeless tradition.


Outdoor Adventure

The Old Inn Crawfordsburn idyllic location provides a gateway to a wealth of outdoor activities. The village of Crawfordsburn is situated on the stunning County Down coastline, offering easy access to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Northern Ireland.

1. Crawfordsburn Country Park:

Just a stone's throw away from the hotel, this park is a haven for nature lovers. Visitors can explore wooded glens, tranquil meadows, and a scenic coastal path that leads to Crawfordsburn beach, a sandy oasis framed by rugged cliffs.


2. Golfing:

For golf enthusiasts, Royal Belfast Golf Club is nearby, offering a challenging course set against the backdrop of Belfast Lough.


3. Water Activities:

The coastal location presents opportunities for water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing. The clear waters of Belfast Lough are perfect for both beginners and experienced water adventurers.


4. Hiking:

The nearby Mourne Mountains offer excellent hiking trails. The Old Inn provides the perfect base for your day trips into the wilderness.


5. Cycling:

Explore the scenic Ards Peninsula on bike, which offers a network of cycling routes through charming villages and along coastal roads.


6. Bangor Marina:

Located just a short drive from The Old Inn, the charming coastal town of Bangor. Nestled on the southern shore of Belfast Lough, Bangor is known for its scenic beauty, historic sites, and vibrant atmosphere. It’s Marina is one of the largest in Ireland and provides a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls.


Cultural Exploration

The Old Inn Crawfordsburn serves as a gateway to Northern Ireland's rich cultural heritage. From The Old Inn, guests can easily explore:

1. Belfast:

The capital city is just a short drive away, where you can explore historic landmarks like the Titanic Belfast Museum, tour The Crumlin Road Gaol, or enjoy the lively market experience at St George’s Market.

2. Ulster Folk Museum:

Located nearby in Cultra, this open-air museum provides a fascinating glimpse into Northern Ireland's rural and urban heritage through reconstructed buildings and costumed interpreters.

3. Game of Thrones Locations:

For fans of the epic series, several iconic filming locations are within driving distance, offering guided tours for an immersive experience.

4. C.S. Lewis Square:

Pay homage to the beloved author with a visit to this square in Belfast, featuring sculptures inspired by his famous works.

Relaxation and Wellness

After a day of exploration, there's nothing quite like returning to The Old Inn Crawfordsburn for some well-deserved relaxation. Perched above Crawfordsburn Country Park, sits the Treetop Spa. The Old Inn offers a range of wellness experiences, allowing guests to unwind and rejuvenate. Immerse yourself in the lavish hot tub, luxuriate in the heated hydro pool, and bask in the radiant warmth of the sauna and steam room. Drift into serenity on sumptuous waterbeds and recline in utter luxury on our heated loungers. Indulge in the pinnacle of relaxation at our spa haven.

The Old Inn Crawfordsburn is a hidden gem that seamlessly blends history, luxury, and natural beauty. Its timeless charm, coupled with the wealth of activities in its surroundings, makes it an ideal destination for travellers seeking an authentic Northern Irish experience. Whether you're a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, or simply looking for a tranquil retreat, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn invites you to step back in time and create lasting memories in one of Northern Ireland's most enchanting locations.

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The Old Inn celebrates awards for culinary excellence!

The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, is the latest property to secure AA 4 Star Silver rating and secure prestigious AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence. 

Northern Ireland’s newest boutique hotel, The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, part of Galgorm Collection, has achieved AA 4-Star Silver status and been awarded a prestigious AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence 2023.

The latest accolade for Galgorm Collection sees the group awarded AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence across its entire portfolio of hotel restaurants including Fratelli Ristorante at Galgorm, Hunter’s Bar at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat in Templepatrick - currently AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland - and now its newest offering, the restaurant at The Old Inn.

Its new AA 4-Star Silver status was awarded based on the property’s superior level of high standards across hospitality, service and cleanliness, as well as the quality of its food and dining offering.

The award follows a multi-million-pound investment into refurbishing the historic property to Galgorm Collection’s exacting standards, including a full revamp of the 1614 bar, 120-seater restaurant, lobby and selected guest rooms. The hotel also opened its showstopping outdoor Treetop Spa to guests in December 2022.

Led by Executive Chef Gavin Murphy, the restaurant at The Old Inn has been establishing itself as a premier gourmet destination since undergoing refurbishment last year and its new AA Rosette award firmly cements the venue in the top 10% of culinary establishments throughout the UK.

Judged independently by an AA Hotel & Restaurant Inspector, the award is bestowed to the very best restaurants that achieve standards that stand out in their local area, serving food prepared with care, using good quality ingredients and demonstrating understanding and skill in cooking and presentation.

Inspired by locally sourced, seasonal produce, Executive Chef Gavin Murphy has created an exquisite menu at the award-winning Old Inn Restaurant that marries homely classics with modern dining. From French-inspired dishes, to seafood, salads and new Afternoon Tea and £16.14 lunch menu offering, guests can enjoy a range of quality dining experiences in plush surroundings.

Commenting on the award, The Old Inn Restaurant Executive Chef Gavin Murphy said: “This s a huge achievement for the team here at The Old Inn - it means so much to us all. As Executive Chef, I have the honour of working with a dedicated team that is passionate about the work they do - from creating exciting fresh menus using locally sourced seasonal produce to delivering the highest standard of service in the restaurant. This award is a testament to their continuous drive to always going above and beyond and we look forward to the journey and hard work ahead needed to gain our second AA Rosette.”

Galgorm Collection Managing Director Colin Johnston said: “We’re very proud to receive the AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence for The Old Inn, bringing the historic property in line with our other award-winning restaurants. This is a fantastic endorsement of all the hard work that has gone into the extensive redevelopment at The Old Inn and by our Executive Chef Gavin Murphy who has developed a superb menu using the best quality, locally sourced food for an exquisite dining experience that really sets us apart. As Northern Ireland’s most exciting new hotel and restaurant offering, we’re committed to taking this iconic property forward into a new era for tourism and hospitality and that’s very much reflected in our enhanced new guest experience. We look forward to welcoming even more guests to enjoy all that The Old Inn has to offer.”

Since being acquired by Galgorm Collection in 2021, The Old Inn has achieved listing within Ireland’s Blue Book 2023 and was also named in the Irish Independent’s ‘FAB 50’ Top Stays in Ireland 2022. The new AA 4 Star Silver rating and AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence are the latest accolades in recognition of the historic property’s unrivalled guest experience across its accommodation, spa and gastronomic offering.

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5 Top Reasons to Visit The Old Inn

If you’re wondering where to spend long weekends this May, we’ve rounded up 5 reasons why you should visit The Old Inn, situated in the charismatic village of Crawfordsburn, County Down.

1. Treetop Spa included in your stay

The Treetop Spa offers guests unrivalled forest views for a peaceful rural retreat. Surround yourself in nature as you enjoy hot outdoor bathing in the Hyrdopool and hot tub while soaking up the views of Crawfordsburn Country Park. Detox the mind and body in our steam room and sauna, followed by our experience shower and be transported to somewhere exotic. Get cosy on the waterbed in the covered cabana or heated loungers by the woodfire stove in the conservatory. A haven of tranquility and relaxation, the spa is a luxurious and exclusive experience for you to enjoy as part of your stay.

2. Dine in the AA Rosette Restaurant

The Old Inn has recently been awarded an AA Rosette! Enjoy a combination of comforting hearty meals and delicious gourmet dining, showcasing all the best seasonal produce. From french-inspired dishes, seafood, salads and an elegant afternoon tea. If you prefer a more casual dining experience, you can enjoy midweek lunch menu in the bar for just £16.14.

3. Unique rooms types suitable for every taste

At The Old Inn, you'll find classic Victorian style with a touch of elegant authentic luxury, embodying a playful blend of old and new. Each guestroom oozes unique character and design, with views over the roving countryside or the quaint country village. The perfect place to kick back, relax & escape the daily routine.

4. Dog-friendly bar

Heading out for a walk and a coffee? You don't have to leave your four-legged friend at home! We're delighted to welcome your lovely dogs to the 1614 Bar. Pop in after a walk to enjoy delicious food from our 1614 bar menu, coffee or even a tipple, meanwhile your dog can enjoy some treats on us!

5. The perfect base to explore

Explore the great outdoors in the beautiful surroundings of County Down. Enjoy walks in Crawfordsburn park, strolls along nearby Helen’s Bay, take a hike up Cave Hill or the Mourne Mountains, or pop to Bangor Seafront for amazing views and ice-cream!

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Galgorm Collection awarded Great Place to Work!

NI’s award-winning collection of luxury hotels and restaurants becomes first hospitality group on the island of Ireland to achieve official certification based on exceptional employee experience.

Major Northern Ireland employer Galgorm Collection has become the first hospitality group on the island of Ireland to achieve official Great Place to Work certification across its entire portfolio of award-winning luxury hotels and restaurants.

The prestigious endorsement by Great Place to Work, a global authority on workplace culture and wellbeing, was awarded following an extensive independent employee survey which engaged Galgorm Collection’s workforce of around 1,000 team members.

Employees voted across all six properties - including the globally renowned Galgorm, AA Hotel of the Year The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat in Templepatrick, Ireland’s Blue Book recommended property The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, and its collection of restaurants Fratelli and Parisien in Belfast city centre - and concluded that their workplace is a great place to work.

The only hotel group on the island of Ireland to achieve the exceptional standard, the distinguished certification rewards outstanding employers who demonstrate a high-trust, ‘people-first’ workplace and cultivate a culture which embodies values such as credibility, fairness, respect, camaraderie, honesty and pride.

Laura Millar, HR Associate Director at Galgorm Collection said:

“What makes this accreditation so important to us is that it’s based on authentic employee feedback which is rigorously analysed using data-driven methodology and can be confident that staff feel trusted, valued and supported in their roles and enjoy the many benefits of working with the region’s premier hospitality group. Our success has always depended on our great people. From chefs to bar tenders, spa therapists and managers, to facilities staff, housekeepers, drivers and night porters, our people are what makes us famous for our warm welcome and unforgettable hospitality experience. Through our dedicated People Strategy, we work hard to ensure we offer the most competitive benefits and lead in the development of skills, training and career development opportunities.”

Based solely on rigorous and validated employee feedback gathered by Great Place to Work – the global authority on workplace culture – the accreditation signifies that employees have a consistently positive experience in the workplace.

“At the heart of every organisation are its people, and looking after their wellbeing should be a priority for every employer,” Great Place to Work managing director Benedict Gautrey said. “We know when employees feel genuinely contented and at ease within their roles, they are much more engaged and productive, which leads to better results for everyone.”

A major local employer, Galgorm Collection has dramatically scaled up its hospitality footprint and workforce over the last decade following a £90 million investment into the ongoing expansion and refurbishment of its flagship property Galgorm, with its latest investment project aiming to add new accommodation types and spa facilities by 2027.

Since 2020, Galgorm Collection has acquired and opened two major new hotels, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat in Templepatrick and The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, growing its workforce by 30%.

“Galgorm Collection’s award-winning customer excellence and reputation for first-class hospitality is down to the dedication, skills and professionalism of our team and that’s why we continually invest in our workplace culture, training and development and in enhancing career prospects for everyone to make this a great place to work. We’re thrilled that our team voted with their feet to endorse what we do, and we are grateful for the superb work they deliver for our customers and the group every day,” Galgorm Collection managing director Colin Johnston said.

As an officially certified Great Place to Work, Galgorm Collection will automatically be entered into the prestigious Best Workplaces ™ list which recognises organisations which demonstrate an effective management culture that focuses on the individual, their strengths and potential. All of this promotes innovation in the company and their associated economic success.

With sustainability at the heart of its business, Galgorm Collection last year announced a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030, with a bid to become the first premier hospitality group on the island of Ireland to go fully green.

A year earlier, Galgorm Collection has also committed to the rollout of an enhanced benefits package for all eligible team members, including a £1 million investment into premium private health care cover over the next five years as part of its ongoing commitment to investing in its people.

In March 2021, Galgorm Collection announced 180 new roles across its range of hotels and restaurants to meet anticipated post-pandemic demand and announced its investment of more than £5m in annual wages in creating the new roles.

For more information on current roles available across Galgorm Collection, and to apply, visit

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Journey to Narnia

Join us at The Old Inn where time stands still, and the magic of C.S. Lewis lives on.

C.S. Lewis Bed & Breakfast

With a storied past dating back to the 17th century, The Old Inn has hosted dignitaries and celebrities from around the world, each enchanted by its timeless charm and impeccable service. The hotel is labelled as one of Northern Ireland's most historic hotels due in part to its links with author and 20th Century Literary icon C.S. Lewis who was a frequent visitor to The Old Inn and even honeymooned here with his wife Joy in 1958! Renowned for its rich history and famous for a cosy atmosphere with warm hospitality, step back in time and savour the grandeur of a bygone era.

Indulge in an enchanting journey through literary history with our exclusive 'Journey to Narnia' bed & breakfast package that beckons you to experience a world of refined elegance and intellectual inspiration to commemorate the legacy of C.S. Lewis on his 60th Anniversary.

A new chapter in an iconic age-old story, you’ll find The Old Inn is a place that embodies playful blend of the old and new, the local with the worldly. Escape into the past with an overnight stay in our cosy guestrooms, where timeless charm meets modern comfort. As you step into the Old Inn, you'll be greeted by the same inviting atmosphere that once welcomed C.S. Lewis himself during his honeymoon. Immerse yourself in the ultimate relaxation with full access to our rejuvenating Treetop Spa, where tranquility and serenity await to melt away your cares. Perched above Crawfordsburn Country Park, soak up the nature that surrounds you and let your mind wander, much like the whimsical worlds Lewis created, as you soak in the soothing ambiance of our spa.

The pièce de résistance of this lovely package is our C.S. Lewis themed afternoon tea, a sumptuous experience that pays homage to the brilliant author's literary genius. Savor delectable treats and exquisite teas carefully curated to transport you into the enchanting realms of Narnia, or perhaps even to the mystical Wardrobe itself.

Our ‘Journey to Narnia’ is a tribute to a literary legend and an invitation to immerse yourself in an enchanting blend of luxury, history, and imagination. Join us at The Old Inn nestled in Crawfordsburn, only 15 minutes from Belfast, where time stands still, and the magic of C.S. Lewis lives on. Book today and embark on a journey fit for a true connoisseur of fine literature and luxurious indulgence.


Old Inn Suite