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.

Until 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 boy.

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.

Sir 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.