Stranorlar restaurant ‘Before’ is celebrating one year in business this Sunday April 2nd.

Everyone is invited to come along from 4pm and enjoy live music, food offers and free Gelato for kids.

The unique concept for ‘Before’ came about from owner Niall Jackson’s passion for good food, interest in ancestral skills and love of organic processes like in times BEFORE.

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The Ballybofey man said: “We do not use any gas or electricity for cooking in our kitchen, instead we cook over charcoal or in our wood fired oven. There is something beautiful and primal about cooking with fire. We are lucky to have such amazing produce in Donegal and believe that our style of cooking with charcoal and wood only enhances the flavour of these ingredients.”

Niall Jackson, owner of BEFORE, beside the wood-fired pizza oven.

The BEFORE team

The theme of the restaurant, fusing the old with the new, continues through the wine list and interior design. All of the wines are biodynamic and some are of very ancient grape varietals such as Nero Di Trioa which is said to have originated from the old City of Troy.

“By using less known wines, we support small producers in bringing old grape varieties back from the brink of extinction and keeping old farming methods alive” explains Niall. 

The restaurant also has stunning native Irish timber, epoxy resin, tables, created by Niall. Each table has a story to tell with its locally sourced wood and designs which mimic the local landscape. 

BEFORE restaurant in Stranorlar

Niall Jackson, BEFORE Stranorlar

Having trained at Cesar Ritz Hospitality school in Switzerland and travelled extensively, Niall has worked in some of the best restaurants and hotels in the world. Those experiences of which have inspired a rustic menu with some delicious ethnic influences. 

With options including 3 day proved Neapolitan style pizzas, a custom made burger – created in collaboration with local butchers – McConnells and a weekly changing market fish dish, there is something to suit all of the family, at ‘Before’.

Open Thursdays – Saturday 4pm – 9.30pm. Sit In or Take Out options available. 

Book a table by calling: 087 417 7484

Get in touch and follow us on Facebook: Before or on Instagram : @beforedonegal

One Year in Business Celebrations:

Join us in celebrating one year in business Sunday 2nd of April with food offers, live music and free gelato for kids.

The Eardrums, an established local band consisting of Paddy Reynolds & Marcus Devlin, will be kicking off the party at 4.30pm and playing their own acoustic versions of some of the best songs of the last five decades.  Don’t miss their nice acoustic vibes and sweet vocal harmonies,.

They’ll be followed by Dan Thompson at 7pm. Dan is a local legend who will be playing an amazing African/tribal/deep house set to take the celebrations into the evening.

Book a table by calling: 087 417 7484

Get in touch and follow us on Facebook: Before or on Instagram : @beforedonegal