Friels Historic Bar & Restaurant

Friels Historic Bar & Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the Mid Ulster countryside is the picturesque village of Swatragh.
Where Friels Historic and traditional Irish pub is located and run by the fifth generation of the Friel family.

Where the Guinness flows and tales are told, you’ll truly get sense of belonging from every inch of this family-run business. The welcome is as warm as the fire that burns in the hearth.


Friels Famine & Folklore Experience

An emotive yet uplifting insight into the Irish Famine on the site of an original famine soup kitchen.
Over the years, Friels has been used as a Doctor’s Surgery, Post Office, Hotel and Coaching Inn.
A listed building established in 1835, it still has the original ornate wooden bar and ceiling intact in the Public Bar.
Dr Mooney set up a Soup Kitchen here during the Great Famine in the 1840’s and the original Famine Pot is on display.
Learn about Dr Mooney and his Soup kitchen, taste the nettle famine soup and see our original famine pot.

Hear local folklore about poet, traveller and adventurer Mick McAtamney, who spent 50 years in America and see his 100 year old hand carved walking stick.

Immerse yourself in the history and atmosphere of Friels, 5th generation traditional pub.

We work with tour operators, DMC’s, private parties and individuals.

Sustainability is very important to us at Friels and we are continually striving to improve our sustainability procedures and work with locally sourced suppliers and partners.

  • Friels Bar & Restaurant
  • 4 Kilrea Road
  • Swatragh
  • Maghera
  • Derry - Londonderry
  • BT46 5QF

Coords: 54.9101136, -6.6636234

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