Few restaurants in Ulster can compare with the history and charm
of Clenaghans. Records show that this business has been
in operation for over 250 years.
recent times this establishment was known as 'Winnies' after Winnie
Clenaghan. Her mother was Kate Clenaghan (nee Lavery). She
was a first cousin of Sir John Lavery, one of our most distinguished
Irish artists and he was reared on this farm as a young
From these humble beginnings he rose to become one of the
greatest artists of his age.
He was honoured by nearly every city in Europe & received
the Freedom of Belfast in 1930.
In his day he painted the Royal Family, including Queen
Victoria, for the National Portrait Gallery. He was also
elected President of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts.
In 1918 with his great friend Winston Churchill, Lavery
witnessed and painted the surrender of the German fleet,
disguised as a naval officer.
John Laverys wife Hazel Lavery featured in many of his works,
most notably her images on the Irish punt note.
Throughout his career Sir John kept in contact with his
cousins here in Soldierstown and we are delighted in honouring
his memory by displaying copies of his paintings and other
memorabilia in Clenaghans Restaurant.