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Manx National Heritage Attraction Opens To the Public 6 September 2005

    Visitors will be able to gain a new level of access to one of the most scenic areas of coast line in the Isle of Man when Manx National Heritage opens the new Niarbyl Café and Visitor Centre to the public on Friday 9th September 2005.

    The new Niarbyl Café and Visitor Centre, which was previously a private residence, was acquired for the Nation by Manx National Heritage in November 2004. Since then, a significant restoration project has been undertaken by Manx National Heritage, which included the provision of a new Café & Visitor Centre, including car and coach parking facilities, enhancing access to the area and promoting the natural and cultural heritage of Niarbyl.

    The Niarbyl Café and Visitor Centre is the starting point to explore and enjoy the beauty of Niarbyl, and on Niarbyl Bay itself two Manx cottages can be seen, which have recently been restored and renovated by Manx National Heritage.

    Director of Manx National Heritage, Stephen Harrison said:

    I hope that visitors to the new Café and Visitor Centre will agree that we have created a facility which not only offers a high level of modern services, but also provides a new level of access to Niarbyl as a whole. Information on the area will be available in a series of specially made films about the area which we hope will provide visitors with a new depth of knowledge and encourage them to explore the area with greater understanding and enjoyment, in addition to enjoying the fine food and refreshments on offer at the new Niarbyl Café”.

    Over the years, the ‘Eating Out at the Story of Mann’ experience has grown in popularity with catering facilities at the Sound Visitor Centre, the Bayroom Restaurant at the Manx Museum, The Conservatory at the Grove House & Gardens and the Village Tea Rooms at Cregneash, all of which provide a welcome range of services for visitors to the Story of Mann attractions.

    The Niarbyl Café and Visitor Centre has been designed to cater for visitors to the area during the day offering morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas. In the evenings the café becomes a relaxing restaurant offering a high quality a la carte menu.

    The process of finding the right catering partner began in January 2005 and was completed in July, when Nigel & Marilyn Dobson were the successful applicants. Both Nigel and Marilyn have a long and successful career in providing catering services based on delivering quality food and a high level of customer service and satisfaction.

    Nigel Dobson said:

    In keeping with the area, we are going to provide a menu to compliment Niarbyl’s close proximity to the sea, and we hope that visitors to the area will enjoy not only the food and views, but also take time to walk around this picturesque location. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with Manx National Heritage and to offer all our visitors a warm welcome, good service and good food, with both ‘daylight’ and ‘twilight’ menus being available”.

    Marilyn Dobson went on to say:

    Both Nigel and I are delighted to offer two mouth watering menus, which include a selection of homemade dishes including traditional Manx fare, locally produced meat & seafood dishes & a selection of vegetarian choices and seasonal salads”.

    The official opening of the newly refurbished building will be attended by Manx National Heritage Trustees and VIP guests on the afternoon of Thursday 8th September, when the Café and Visitor Centre will be formally opened by the Chief Minister, Hon Donald Gelling C.B.E., C.P., MLC.

    The Niarbyl Café and Visitor Centre will be open daily from 10am to 5pm until 31st October. An a la carte menu will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6pm and 9.30pm.

    The winter opening times will be Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm from 1st November until Easter 2006 and an a la carte menu will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. For booking enquiries, the Niarbyl Café & Visitor Centre can be contacted on (01624) 843300.

    6th September 2005

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