The pub and upmarket bed and breakfast called Fiddler’s Green is situated in the central square of the historic and attractive small town of Portaferry within a stone’s throw of the ancient castle. Portaferry lies at the end of the Ards Peninsula, and from here a ferry plies across “The Narrows,” the site of a spectacular tidal torrent four times a day as the water sweeps in and out between the Irish Sea and Strangford Lough. On the opposite shore is Strangford, an old scenic fishing village. Designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and near several SSSI’s (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and historical relics there is much to see and do nearby.
Fiddler’s Green is famed for its characterful bar, hugely popular with locals and visitors alike because of the wonderful live Irish music played and the welcoming and convivial atmosphere (the Guinness is second to none also)!
In addition to the bar, Fiddler’s Green has a large lounge situated to the rear of the building known as The Quarter Deck. Here you can enjoy a drink with friends and listen to one of the many bands who perform here. The Quarter Deck is also used as a function room – to make a booking please contact us for details.
Fiddler’s Green is also a well regarded Bed & Breakfast which is famous for its friendly house-keeper Lynda, who serves up the best Ulster Fry in the town. There are a selection of rooms to choose from including a beautiful Four Poster En-Suite, and a selection of double en-suites rooms. Fiddler’s Green is approved by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
Fiddler’s Green is owned and run by the McCarthy family. Paul and Jim are excellent musicians, playing the banjo, mandolin, fiddle and accordion, hence great folk sessions can be heard on many nights. Other musicians can join in and do their bit – the walls are covered in instruments and anyone who wants to can take one down and join the in the craíc. Another son, Conor, is the manager, joined by his sister Graínne they make sure your visit will be a memorable one!
The name Fiddler’s Green comes from an old sea shanty of that name. It is said that fishermen believe that when they die they go to their “valhalla,” Fiddler’s Green, “where the girls are pretty and the beer there is free, and I’ll see you some day in Fiddler’s Green!”