Part of the Taste Mid Ulster Food Trail, Friels is a 5th generation, family-run, award-winning, Irish Bar and Restaurant nestled in the heart of the South Derry countryside in the village of Swatragh. Halfway between Belfast and Derry just off the Glenshane Pass.
The bar has been in the family name for over one hundred years. Friels is a pub with an original wooden ceiling, ornate bar counter and a roaring fire. Walls are lined with historic photographs and Guinness memorabilia- it won’t be long till you’re craving a pint of the black stuff.
It’s one of those places with all the charm of an ‘old man’s pub’ but with the buzz of weekend cocktails, family Sunday lunch and coffee catch-ups.
Locally sourced food is served from 12 noon 7 days a week. Reserve a table for two tucked away in their cosy snug or meet your family in their bright open dining space. Alfresco dining is available in their three outdoor areas whether you’re calling in for 3 courses or just a quick coffee.
Our Taste Mid Ulster Signature Dish - Lough Neagh Eels at Friels
Encompassing the smells, sights, tastes and textures of Mid Ulster from the soil and green pastures of the Sperrins to the waters of the lough this dish encompasses the flavours of Mid Ulster on a plate. Freshly cooked Lough Neagh Smoked Eels, Pollan, Perch and Dollaghan with Rock Farm Heritage Potatoes and vegetables cooked in a garlic white wine cream sauce topped with grilled Tirkeeran Cheese.
Suppliers: Lough Neagh Eels, Tamnagh Foods, Bradmount Foods, Rock Farm Heritage Potatoes & Vegetables
At Friels, the welcome is as warm as the turf fire that burns in the hearth. Where the Guinness flows and tales are told, you’ll truly get a sense of belonging from every inch of this family-run business.
- Cocktail Menu
- Dogs Accepted Outdoor Dining Area
Children & Infants
- Baby changing facilities
- Children's Menu Available
- Highchairs Available
- All major credit/debit cards accepted