Clover announces £1.5m investment in White’s Tavern with new brewery and licensed fish and chip shop

Mark Beirne, Clover Group Director

The group, which operates eight of Belfast’s premier hospitality venues, aims to deliver a unique and exciting new offering to its customers.

In a move that reflects the group’s confidence in the recovery and growth of the sector, and further builds on the success of White’s outward expansion in 2020, the new £1.5m investment will see the site offering an authentic Irish brewery and the first fully licensed fish and chip shop in Belfast city centre.

One of the city’s oldest and best-loved bars dating back to the 1700s, the venue has been transformed since being taken over by the Clover Group who have seen a significant expansion of their footprint. While retaining its traditional integrity, the development has included White’s Garden, a new outdoor space.

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With a proven track record of transforming underserved, unused and abandoned venues into cutting-edge bars and venues, the announcement is the latest in a series of investments by Clover Group over the past two years, which have included venues downtown exteriors The Bone Yard and Folktown.

Mark Beirne, Director of Clover Group, said: “This investment is a testament not only to our confidence in the opportunities that exist on Belfast’s social scene, but also to the expertise and skill of our team, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver exemplary experiences to our customers.

“We are privileged to be stewards of this exceptional Belfast bar, and the additions we have made to it will ensure it will be treasured for generations to come.

“This new investment is groundbreaking, retaining the longstanding traditional fabric of White’s, but adding an exciting new quality offering with an authentic beer garden and the first fully licensed fish and chip shop, delivering local produce from Northern Ireland, from Kilkeel Langoustines to North Antrim Lobster.

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