Friday 23 February 2018

Hard Border a 'disaster' for Neven's restaurant

Chef Neven Maguire fears for the future. Photo: Fran Veale
Chef Neven Maguire fears for the future. Photo: Fran Veale

Nick Bramhill

Chef Neven Maguire has conceded his Border town restaurant faces a "disaster" if a hard border is reintroduced with Northern Ireland.

He said the possible reintroduction of custom controls on the island of Ireland would be awful for his eaterie, MacNean House and Restaurant, due to its location in the Border village of Blacklion, Cavan.

A significant number of 60-strong staff are from Co Fermanagh, while thousands of Ulster-based diners fill up the tables and guestrooms every year. And with a return of a hard Border, the 43-year-old said he will be keeping a watchful eye on the implications of Brexit.

"I think it could be a disaster for us if border controls came back," he said. "A lot of our staff come down to work from up the road in Fermanagh and we get a lot of customers who travel down from Belfast and other parts of the North to have dinner and stay over."

But despite his fears over Brexit, the award-winning TV chef said the past year has been one of his busiest to date, with nearly all weekend sittings booked up until the end of 2018.

Irish Independent

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