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The newest culinary hotspot in Ballycastle celebrates a phenomenal first month!

The Lookout at eco-hotel The Salthouse

The Lookout at eco-hotel The Salthouse


The launch of The Lookout restaurant at The Salthouse eco-hotel in Ballycastle has been an overwhelming success, serving more than 3000 covers in the first month.


The Salthouse, a luxury eco hotel in Ballycastle, opened the doors to its highly anticipated new restaurant to an incredibly positive response, it said.


The Lookout, representing a substantial £1.5 million investment, has also brought about the creation of 30 new jobs, including 13 talented international staff members who have brought their expertise to the team.

Carl McGarrity, Director at The Salthouse Hotel, is pictured at The Lookout.

Carl McGarrity, Director at The Salthouse Hotel, is pictured at The Lookout.

The latest addition to one of Europe’s most eco-friendly hotels is a remarkable indoor and outdoor culinary venue that has also introduced a bakery to support various aspects of the hotel's operations.


As part of the investment, 10 chef positions were created to curate a predominantly European menu, offering a range of delectable pasta dishes, pizzas, burgers, and classic plates.


Keeping true to its sustainable ethos, The Lookout prioritises the use of locally sourced ingredients, some of which are even grown on-site.


The decision to expand the hotel's offering was prompted by the growing demand for breaks at The Salthouse, which already boasts a 24-bed hotel, six eco-lodges, a spa, and another restaurant.


The Lookout is expected to become a cherished dining spot for locals, day-trippers, and residents alike and adds to the already exceptional offering at the venue’s original restaurant.


The existing venue continues to serve its renowned seafood dishes and classic mains in a more formal setting.


Carl McGarrity, Director at The Salthouse Hotel, is pictured at The Lookout.

Carl McGarrity, Director at The Salthouse Hotel, expressed his enthusiasm about the opening, stating:

“We are very pleased with the reception the launch of The Lookout has received.


“We had high expectations and our team, new and old, delivered to a very satisfied customer base from near and far.


“When we launched The Salthouse in 2019, we knew we were fulfilling a void in the hospitality scene, and the subsequent demand from our customers has led to our expansion, including the addition of the new restaurant.


“The Lookout offers a relaxed dining alternative that complements our existing à la carte venue and provides our guests with the sustainable experience that is synonymous with The Salthouse culture.”


The Salthouse Hotel is committed to self-sufficiency, harnessing renewable energy through an onsite wind turbine and solar panels that power the hotel and eco lodges. The property also aims to minimise single-use plastics whenever possible, and its water supply is sourced from its own borehole.


Conveniently situated on Dunamallaght Road in Ballycastle, The Salthouse enjoys a prime location approximately a one-hour drive from Belfast and Derry-Londonderry, and a three-hour drive from Dublin.


The Salthouse Hotel is a joint venture between Nigel McGarrity and a local property developer. For further information about The Salthouse Hotel and its offerings, please visit or email


The team at The Salthouse is excited to welcome guests to experience the exceptional dining and sustainable hospitality that The Lookout and the entire hotel have to offer.


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