An Creagán restaurant shortlisted for top award

Sinead McCann with her grandchildren Darcy, Brooke and Emma and head chef Stephen McNally at An Creagán Visitors Centre after the restaurant had been shortlisted for a Families First NI Award. JB45

FOR their play facilities, child-friendly menus, and beautiful open courtyard, a local restaurant has been shortlisted for a very special award.

The ‘An Creagán Family Restaurant’ is just one of six restaurants in the North to have been shortlisted for the ‘Best Family Restaurant in Northern Ireland’ award, after being nominated by a wealth of local customers.


Part of the annual Families First NI ‘Summer Awards’, the accolade shines the spotlight on those who have gone to great lengths to help families or members of the community.

Sinead McCann, restaurant and events manager at An Creagán Family Restaurant, said that the shortlisting was a ‘personal triumph’.

“Getting the call to say that we had been nominated by several of our customers for this award was so lovely,” she said.

“My team and I work tirelessly to ensure that we deliver a four star service to our families, in an environment where parents and grandparents can be relaxed and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

“Families are what we are all about here at An Creagán, so to be recognised by Families NI who search out schools, teachers and companies who go that extra mile for the families in their community, is something I am really proud of.”

An Creagán is a non-profit making social enterprise that provides training for young teenagers in waiting service and customer service, as well as assisting chefs in their professional kitchens, to help them gain employment in upmarket hotels when they head off to university.

“We wouldn’t exist without the support of our customers,” Sinead added. “So I think this is the perfect opportunity to thank them all for the continued custom they bring to our restaurant, for the patience and courtesy they afford our young staff, and for the feedback they offer in order for us to continue to improve and grow.”


The An Creagán Family restaurant is open from 10am to 5pm weekdays, with late opening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights; Sunday lunch is served 12.30pm to 3pm and afternoon tea is served 3pm to 5pm daily except for Sundays.

For any inquiries, please contact 080761112 or email

• To vote for The ‘An Creagán Family Restaurant’, visit ‘’. But make sure to leave a glowing comment too, as these are taken into account during the judging process, just as much as the numbers of votes are.


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