New £4 million hotel opens its doors in heart of Lisburn
Based in Lisburn Square in the heart of the city centre, the industrial, simple but welcoming design is sure to attract both visitors and local residents, who have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the new venue.
The Haslem has been developed by the Beannchor Group, which also runs the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, as well as Little Wing, which has a branch in Lisburn Square, and the popular Hillside Bar in neighbouring Hillsborough. The group also operates the Bullitt Hotel in Belfast and the Haslem’s interior certainly echoes that design ethos with clean lines and exposed pipework,
Described as a casual and relaxed, no-fuss hotel, Haslem, which takes its name from the nearby Haslem Lane in Lisburn, features 45 stylish bedrooms, an 80-seater open plan lobby and bar area, a 68-seater restaurant, residents’ gym, and conference room.
Targeted at business travellers from the Republic of Ireland and the UK, as well as Lisburn locals, Haslem’s contemporary art paired with a neutral colour scheme epitomises a modern, urban style, reflecting the needs of visitors.
The hotel’s restaurant, Haslem Kitchen, offers an all-day food menu, from delicious breakfast and lunch options to sizzling steaks and flame-roasted rotisserie chicken dishes for evening dining. Each dish has been carefully created by Patrick Leonard, executive head chef of Haslem’s sister venue, The Merchant Hotel and showcases locally sourced ingredients from several locally-based producers including Carnreagh Cottage Farm, Draynes Farm, Begney Hill Pork, Mourne Lamb, Craft Tea Brewing Company and Freebird Tea.
In addition, residents and non-residents can choose from an extensive drinks menu for both Haslem Kitchen and the lobby bar, ranging from delectable wines and cocktails to the best of Irish gin serves and local beers.
Conall Wolsey, director, Beannchor, said: “Despite the ongoing challenges that 2020 has brought - and may continue to bring - we are delighted we’ve been able to move our latest project forward to completion and create 50 full and part time roles at a time when hospitality jobs are scarce. Haslem is an entirely new concept for Beannchor but we are confident that the demand is there; for locals who are seeking out a place to come and socialise, and for tourists travelling for business and leisure from UK and ROI.”
Nicky McCollum, development director of Lisburn Square, added: “We are pleased to see Haslem open its doors and we have no doubt that the hotel’s arrival will significantly enhance the Square and really boost the city’s day and night time economy. We have been working hard since 2015 to reposition the city as a destination and with the arrival of Haslem, we can begin to attract visitors from further afield, positioning Lisburn as an emerging hub between Belfast and Dublin.”