In case you haven’t heard, a little programme called Game of Thrones came back onto our screens this week and hot on the heels of the start of Season 6 of frankly one of the best TV shows ever, Tourism NI & Tourisim Ireland were quick to announce advertising campaigns intended to capitalise upon the already massive success of the many filming locations scattered across the country.
In what I can only describe as a stroke of marketing genius Tourism Ireland have salvaged the wood from 2 Beech trees that fell following Storm Gertrude in January this year at the world famous Dark Hedges. These trees have since been transformed into ornately carved wooden doors, each depicting different scenes, references and symbols from each episode. These ‘Doors of Thrones’ which will hang in pubs and other venues across Northern Ireland, near filming locations (you can check out my blog on our visit to various filming locations here) will be unveiled one at a time after each episode is aired meaning a total of 10 doors will be hung.
Doors of Thrones: Episode 1, Door 1
You will find the first door on the inside of the restaurant, leading into the pub and I think you’ll agree it’s real stunner!
The Cuan is very quaint from the outside and the inside is no different, a mostly wooden interior with a lit fire in the restaurant and friendly locals at the bar. Foodwise pretty much everything is sourced locally and they’re very proud of that. There is plenty of meat on the menu but both myself and the other half opted for seafood given the location. He had a seafood chowder to start and a scampi main (accompanied by a pint of Guinness of course) and I enjoyed frankly the best mussels I’ve had in a long while followed by scallops on a bed of very very tasty salad and was thoroughly stuffed.
I’d really recommend a visit for food as well as a look at the beautiful door though it will certainly be the main talking point. If you’re feeling adventurous take the very very short ferry ride over to Portaferry and drive the scenic route back as it’s sure to impress!
I’m going to try to visit every single door giving us an excuse to see a bit more of the country and of course experience some of the great food that NI has to offer which is very fitting given that this year has been dubbed by the NI Tourist Board as the Year of Food & Drink (more info here). From what I can make out Tourism Ireland have much much more up their sleeve when it comes to Game of Thrones and fans can expect to see some great things this year. According to The Drum’s latest article upcoming attractions will also include a Valyrian steel kitchen, Game of Thrones items in the Ulster Museum’s collection and an official Game of Thrones stamp. I can’t wait to see where Door number 2 pops up!
Happy #DoorsOfThrones hunting!