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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
9:00 AM 28th July 2020

Unique Bar Experience In Shipping Container

As bars look to new ways to satisfy their clientele one hotel in Northern Ireland is taking a little inspiration from the international shipping industry!

The luxury five-star Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast has found the perfect outdoor solution by introducing a converted shipping container to its grounds doubling as a gin bar.

It’s been made possible thanks to a partnership with Jawbox Gin, who offered the hotel – part of the Hastings Hotels Group – use of its promo bar for its extensive grounds.

Hastings Hotels, which has been voted Ireland's best luxury hotel group for the past two years, will locate the outdoor bar next to the five-star Culloden Hotel’s bistro in the hotel’s gardens, the Cultra Inn.

As well as serving the award-winning Jawbox gin, the bar will offer beer and wine with food in the Cultra Inn.
“This will really help maximise the beautiful surroundings at the Culloden’s Cultra Inn. It will also allow us to enhance the enjoyment and safety of visitors to the Culloden at a time of restrictions and social distancing. The word has been spreading fast and we’ve already booked a number of small parties for the summer months.” Howard Hastings, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels.

The Hastings Hotels collection consists of seven hotels, with four in Belfast, including the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa, the world-famous Europa Hotel, the four-star Stormont Hotel and Northern Ireland's tallest hotel The Grand Central Hotel. The Slieve Donard in Down underneath the Mourne Mountains, Ballygally Castle on the Antrim Coast and the Everglades in Derry complete the Hastings portfolio.

Culloden Estate & Spa (www.hastingshotels.com / 028 9042 1066) offers rooms from £100 per person on a B&B basis.