Northern Ireland’s Galgorm Collection has announced the rebrand of its new boutique hotel, The Rabbit, formally known as the Templeton, and announced the opening of its brand new Rabbit Bar and Restaurant from today (17 July).
Galgorm Collection acquired the former Templeton Hotel last year, with “extensive” refurbishment work has been undertaken to upgrade the hotel’s 24 guest rooms and develop a new outdoor spa offering, due to open later this year.
The Rabbit Bar and Restaurant refurbishment represents an investment of £2.5m into the property and seats up to 180 and boasts a large outdoor terrace for al fresco dining.
In addition to the accommodation, spa and bar and restaurant offering, a new banqueting suite and wedding venue, ‘The Loft’, is also set to launch later this year at The Rabbit.
Colin Johnston, managing director said: “With more people holidaying at home, the Rabbit Bar and Restaurant provides a new and exciting hospitality experience – and it’s just in time for summer.
“The multi-million pound project to transform and redevelop the former Templeton Hotel commenced in October last year and it represents a significant investment in the local economy, cementing our longstanding commitment to support and grow our tourism industry.”
Johnston added: “We’re excited to reveal The Rabbit’s new name and announce plans for its full opening later this year. While work continues on preparations for the hotel’s accommodation and spa area, it’s fantastic to be able to unlock the doors to The Rabbit Bar and Restaurant and welcome locals and visitors alike.
“With full safety measures in place and an unrivalled, fresh new offering, The Rabbit is the perfect place for reuniting with loved ones and enjoying memorable new experiences.”
The newly named and refurbished property adds to Galgorm’s suite of hospitality investments, which includes £1.5m in Belfast-based restaurants’ Fratelli and Café Parisien and the £600,000 purchase and refurbishment of the Castle Kitchen + Bar at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in 2018.