The Hotel That’s At The Gateway To The Glens
The Curran Court Hotel has been a major feature of Larne for more than fifty years. Speak to anyone in Larne and they’ll talk fondly of the Curran Court; such is its special place in the hearts of the local community.
Owner and Director, Brian McRandal, purchased the hotel in 2017 and he believes that the Curran Court has something to offer everyone.
“I really believe that the Curran Court Hotel is the perfect - and most practical – spot for locals and tourists alike,” he said. “Not only is it ideal for those coming off the Stranraer or Liverpool ferries, who need a room for the night, but it has increasingly become the ‘go to’ place for the local community to have a great night out and a tasty meal to boot!”
The hotel’s location means that it is the ideal location for a tour of Northern Ireland, since it’s not only a mere 25 minutes from Belfast, but it also opens up the way to the nine glens of Antrim; making it the perfect spot to begin a trip along Northern Ireland’s world-famous Causeway Coastal Route - a road journey, which will enable you to immerse yourself in the exhilarating outdoors and enjoy the serenity of being ‘unplugged’.
“In addition to our perfect location,” Brian continued, “we pride ourselves on our ability to offer ‘affordable luxury’ thanks to our long--serving, knowledgeable and well-known staff, who are dedicated to providing a first-class customer service and who are willing to go that extra mile to make your stay as superb as possible.
“Our hotel’s 32 modern and spacious guest rooms include twin, double, accessible and superior rooms, so, even if you’re on your own, you’ll have the benefit of having either a twin or double room all to yourself! We also offer great value dine and stay packages and these have proved particularly popular.’
The Curran Court Hotel’s restaurant is renowned for its well-selected menu, which is awash with fresh, local ingredients, including Glenarm shorthorn beef. To add to the lip-smacking quality of the ingredients, everything at the Curran Court Hotel is cooked from scratch, so you know that everything you’re eating is straight off the grill.
Since taking over the hotel, Brian has made sweeping changes to both the premises layout and the menu, but he continues to forge ahead with additional innovative developments.
Sales & Marketing Manager Glenn Mann said: “During the lockdowns of the last year, we continued to improve what the Curran Court could offer existing and potential new customers. Last summer, we opened a new spacious and rustic outdoor dining area, which seats eighty and comes complete with awnings and overhead heaters so it’s suitable for all year round use.
“This spring we have carried out extensive renovations inside the hotel to create a beautiful new public bar, offering a relaxed and casual dining experience, that perfectly feeds into our outdoor area. The 2 areas combine to become Katy Jane’s Bar & Beer Garden. It’s named after my mother and mother-in-law, to encompass the family and friends feel that we wanted to create. We have also developed a new bar menu to suit all tastes, which includes small plates that are ideal for sharing. We feel that it will be the ideal place to meet up and spend time with friends and family that we missed so much during lock down. Not forgetting the Katy Jane’s Library, which is an ideal spot to relax, meet friends and enjoy a coffee and snack from their Lite Bites menu.
“Our main restaurant is also now able to offer an à la carte dining experience to more than 100 customers!”
Brian wants the Curran Court to have a different feel to it, going forward. “Previously, for example, there was nowhere for people to come in and sit for a coffee. Now we have a few Chesterfield sofas and high-backed chairs. We also have a library section with big armchairs where visitors can take afternoon tea served in fine China - complete with linen tablecloths - so there’s a complete shift in atmosphere. It’s like being transported back to a period in time when life was more relaxed and more ‘polished’.
“To wash your gastronomically-delicious food down, the Curran Court Hotel has an extensive drinks’ menu that includes classic cocktails, a wide selection of gins, rums and flavoured vodkas. Or, if the mood takes you, you can even round off the evening with one of the hotel’s special frozen dessert cocktails! Lip-smacking and luscious!
Great food….great prices….great service. What more could you want from a hotel that’s the gateway to one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions?
To book a stay or obtain more information on dining experiences visit currancourthotel.co.uk