by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

The Clover Group has announced that White’s, Belfast’s oldest tavern which dates back to the 1600’s, is re-opening with the launch of a new outdoor space and food offering creating 50 new jobs. White’s Garden which is located on High Street, next to the venue, will reflect the authenticity and integrity of the bar which was transformed last year with a £1M refurbishment.


Designed to bring the indoors out, and supporting social distancing, the new 2,500 sq. ft atmospheric space will feature low level bar with built in sleepers, slate floor, a feature fireplace on entry and reclaimed barn doors providing a warehouse feel in the heart of Belfast.

White’s Garden’s open plan kitchen will serve pizza, flatbreads and the bar’s signature Irish dishes, supported by table service from leading app provider, anyuseapp. Clover’s new plans for White’s follows on from the success of the Bone Yard, its outdoor venue located on Bedford St, Belfast, which the Group opened for the first time in July.

Commenting on the announcement, Mark Beirne, Director of the Clover Group, said, “This is the last of our six venues in Belfast to re-open and, in many ways, it is the most important. We knew that we needed to be creative and resourceful to secure a spatial environment to re-open White’s with an exciting new outdoor venue but we also knew it was incumbent upon us to maintain and add to the history and legacy of this outstanding Belfast bar.

“We are very excited about what we have achieved and about the opportunities that White’s and White’s Garden will provide for our customers in a post COVID world. Not only are we bringing back the vibrancy of the bar of a few months ago, but we are re-igniting the legacy of the outdoor communal gatherings of the bar’s surrounding streets of the 1700’s which housed the wine merchants of the day. That traditional Belfast theme is the common thread that runs through the bar and our exciting new space, White’s Garden. We are confident that our new venue can act as a beacon for Belfast City Centre supporting the link, between our distant past, present and future by maintaining a thriving but safe social environment for customers, shoppers, workers and residents alike, to enjoy.”
Whites and White’s Garden will open on Friday 18th September. Retaining its original name for nearly 400 years White’s is adjacent to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter with the venue and its adjoining ally, Winecellar Entry, housing Belfast’s Wine and Spirit Merchants since the 1700s.

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Clover Group Directors Jim Conlon, Mark Beirne and Paul Langsford

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