5 family-owned restaurants for you to try out in Co Armagh

Embark on a culinary journey throughout Co Armagh and discover family-owned restaurants that have stood the test of time.
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With warm hospitality and hidden treasures to uncover, the county’s charming local restaurants celebrate local flavours – and there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Fixtures in their community, and each with a story to tell, here are five of the top family-owned restaurants in Co Armagh:

  • Wee Cafollas, 51 Church Place, Lurgan
There are lots of great family-owned places to eat in Co Armagh. Picture: UnsplashThere are lots of great family-owned places to eat in Co Armagh. Picture: Unsplash
There are lots of great family-owned places to eat in Co Armagh. Picture: Unsplash

Established by Joseph Cafolla in 1900 after his arrival in Lurgan from Casalattico in the Casino area of Southern Italy, Wee Cafollas has been a cherished family-run establishment, standing the test of time as a local favourite. Pop along for a portion of chips drenched in salt and vinegar, and an Italian marshmallow ice.

Gerard Cafolla, the current owner of this family business, is supplying locals with delicious, locally-adored Italian ice cream and traditional Irish chips.

For more information, go to cafollas.com

  • Palomo Cafe and Bistro, 60 Church Place, Lurgan

Situated in Lurgan town centre, this family-owned business is known for its warm welcome, inviting customers in with a smile and hello.

Known for its excellent food, locally sourced ingredients, modern interior and an incredible range of cocktails, craft gins and beers, Palomo Cafe and Bistro caters for all meals, even offering visitors a speciality afternoon tea.

For more information, go to palomobistro.co.uk

  • Zio, Unit 1, Millenium Court, 41 William Street, Portadown

This popular spot in Portadown proves itself time and time again with its Mediterranean-inspired delicious dishes. The menu reflects a fusion of regional flavours and international influences, offering a diverse selection of dishes that cater to various tastes.

Committed to sourcing local, fresh produce, Zio’s was created in 2009 and has been serving delicious local and fresh Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to their customers ever since.

For more information go to ziorestaurant.com

  • Embers Coffee House and Grill Bar, 7 Market Street, Armagh

This family-run business is the perfect destination for a relaxed, casual dining experience from cooked breakfast to lunch specials and evening occasions.

With its warm atmosphere, this family run business builds on their 20+ years of experience in hospitality, serving succulent char-grilled steaks, homemade burgers, freshly baked pizza and tasty pasta dishes. Fully licensed, with a wide selection of wines, beers, and spirits, visit Embers for homely food served with welcoming service.

For more information, go to visitarmagh.com

  • Keegan’s Bar and Restaurant, 48 Irish Street, Armagh

This family-run traditional public house in the heart of County Armagh uses locally sourced produce, provides live entertainment every weekend, and hosts incredible party packages for those special occasions. With a well-stocked bar, showcasing an impressive range of spirits, you can start and end your night here.

With good food and good craic, all under one roof, Keegan’s captures the spirit of the local Armagh area whilst focusing on low prices and high standards, ensuring that their customers keep coming back.

For more information, go to keegansbararmagh.com