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Historic Belfast pub re-opens its doors following £3m investment

Published on 19 October 2023

A historic pub in Belfast has re-opened its doors following a £3m rebrand by its new owners.

The Post House, formerly known as the Eglantine Inn, was purchased by the Clover Group in 2022 creating 30 new jobs.

The new design concept of the Malone Road venue, which dates back to 1898 and is located close to Queen’s University, was developed by O’Donnell O’Neill and is based on the building’s rich history as a Victorian Posthouse.

Director of the Clover Group Mark Beirne said: “I am very proud of the Clover team and our partners who have worked so hard over the last year to restore this important and stunning bar.

"The Post House has a rich and long standing history in the south of the city and as the current custodians I am confident that we have creatively restored the bar, breathing new life into the area and providing a superb venue for an eclectic clientele.”

The renovation has seen the external facade of the building stripped back with a new storefront, brick cladding and overflowing planting introduced at the ground floor and first floor terraces.

The sporting and entertainment bar, which has a number of big screens located throughout, will also host acoustic and DJ performances in addition to providing food.

The new bar builds on the Clover Group’s growing footprint in Belfast.

The firm’s existing portfolio includes White’s Tavern and Beer Hall, White’s Garden, Henry’s and the Jailhouse, Fountain Lane, Pug Ugly’s and the Bone Yard.

John Fitzgerald, of Dickson Fitzgerald Architects which designed the new bar, said he is delighted to continue working with Clover Group and at seeing the iconic venue revitalised.

"The brief from Clover was to redesign the building to better reflect its origin as a Victorian Post House and we are very excited with the end product,” he added.

"Our plans involved removing the entire modern front façade and rebuilding a traditional elevation in brick with windows and door patterns reflecting those of the adjacent David Kier building.”

Source: Belfast Telegraph (link opens in new window)