About The Quays Restaurant
MANY MAY WONDER HOW ‘THE QUAYS’ STARTED, SO HERE IS THE STORY..........
The original building that The Quays now inhabits was a car garage and show room from 1976 known as East Island Motors.
Francis Adair, proprietor, by trade is a car mechanic from his younger years and decided to open his own garage back in 1976. He decided to close his show room and just do mechanical work. In doing so he then was left with a big open space, and nothing to do with it.
So, in 1981 after some ideas made by local people, he decided to make it a pool room/arcade for the younger people in the village and surrounding areas, to have somewhere to spend their time.
Throughout the years Francis had been asked by many people:
- Are there any bars, locally to get a drink?
- Is there anywhere to eat locally?
- Is there anywhere offering tea or coffee?
So, after some time he decided it was time for a change.
The Quays Bar and Off sales was opened on 14th January 1998, and went so well he started serving food in the august of that year. The business just grew and grew and he started thinking of expanding his business.
On 14th July 2002, just four years from The Quays opened Francis had expanded and opened his new restaurant situated at the back of the original building, thus becoming the most easterly restaurant in Northern Ireland.
With us being situated just a stones throw away from Portavogie’s harbour, it’s not hard to see why our speciality is fish and of course Portavogie prawns. Our menu is made up of a mix to suit all tastes, ranging from dry aged Northern Irish sirloin steaks, chicken, ham, beef and vegetarian dishes and of course a full children’s menu.
We pride ourselves on using local produce whenever possible. Our fish of course is seasonal and depends on the fisherman’s catch.
Throughout or years we have achieved many awards. We are perennial winners of the Taste of Ulster award from 2007 till present. We have also received an AA Rosette and also been named AA Seafood Restaurant of the Year in Northern Ireland for 2005 – 2006, an award of which we are extremely proud.