38 minutes | Sunday, September 5th, 2021
Our guest this week is chef John Mathers. He is the owner of a very special place - Newforge House in Magheralin which dates from the late 1700s. It has been home to six generations of the Mathers family, who have lived there since the 1850s. John spent his earliest years in a house across the road while his grandparents lived in the Big House. John and Louise, who have two young children, lived in a basement room for two years while they renovated the property. It’s not just the Magical location of Newforge House that brings people back, it’s definitely the food.
Being a chef is not just John’s profession, it’s his passion and in his blood. “Historically, Northern Ireland wasn’t always a top travel destination but when Lou and I were starting out we knew there was a market for country house properties because we could see, from the success of the Blue Book, just how popular they are down south,” he explains. It helps too that Newforge House is terrifically located, just half an hour’s drive from Belfast and on the edge of the village of Magherlin, so it’s quiet and peaceful – but with lots to see and do. www.newforgehouse.com