SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS POST COVID-19
Thought I’d put together a quick blog post on how, as a community we can support local business once social distancing measures are removed.
Whether you're the bride-to-be or have just been appointed chief party planner - Let’s talk bridal shower planning.
LOCATION – Moira
WHERE TO STAY:
Have you heard about Ralph’s? A B1 listed Georgian townhouse that’s set right in the middle of the bustling Main Street. Beautifully decorated and within walking distance to the train station and bus stop. (Just pack your flats for your walk to/from the station!).
Set just a short 2.5 mile from Moira village is Newforge House. A historic country house set in tranquil grounds, it’s perfect for a small bridal party setting or if you’re a guest at a wedding close to the Moira/Magheralin/Lurgan or Lisburn areas then this is the picture-perfect bolthole for a few days away.
WHAT TO DO:
Book in for a flower crown or wreath-making workshop with me (Honeybee Blooms) in the morning. All supplies will be included and there is the option to use fresh foilage and flowers or everlasting silk flowers.
Your mid-morning break will include a tea/coffee and sweet treat and all details and budgets can be arranged per group.
The Stillhouse in Moira has a fabulous gin school. Whether you want to discover the secrets of craft-distilling or you’re just a devoted gin fan, get some ginspiration at Hughes Craft Distillery’s Gin School.
You and your besties can learn all about small-batch distilling. Take a journey of personal creativity as you select and weigh your own combination of botanicals with which to distil your gin.
Once finished, personally bottle the liquid, name your gin and write your own personalised label as a remembrance to your bridal shower. You will take home your bottle of gin plus your own recipe card. But the most valuable take-home gift is your new-found knowledge and appreciation for small-batch, hand-crafted gin.
Gin School class includes a selection of signature drinks from the distillery along with tasty canapes produced with local ingredients in The StillHouse Kitchens.
Cost is £80 per person or £110 per couple to share 1 copper still.
WHERE TO EAT:
Feeling peckish? Moira has some beautiful café’s in the village for lunch such as:
In the evening why not book into the fabulous Wine & Brine.
Local chef Chris McGowan has transformed this fine Georgian house into a bright, modern restaurant. Top regional ingredients feature in appealing dishes with a comforting feel. Everything is homemade and tastes delicious.
Ok, you’ve had a fantastic day and just finished a lovely meal. Where to next?
Pretty Mary’s is also situated in the heart of the village and just a short walk across the road from Wine & Brine. They have various musicians & bands play weekly and an ideal place if you and the girls want a boogie!
For any enquiries please get in touch with each of the vendors. In the meantime stay safe! Hope to see lots of my lovely locals again soon x