Georgian Day treats with Digby’s Bar & Restaurant

By ELEANOR MCGILLIE 22 November, 2018

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Armagh this weekend for the annual Georgian Festival. Live It Experience It member Digby’s Bar & Restaurant will be there with plenty of treats to take home for your Christmas table or as tasty stocking fillers. 

The ecclesiastical capital will host thousands upon thousands of visitors for the annual Georgian Festival which every year brings the city’s Georgian past to life.

Artisan food stalls and crafts people will line the city’s streets while period characters roam the cobbles.

Traditional skills and crafts will be on display including silhouette cutting, wax sealing and calligraphy, while specially curated themed events will provide fascinating insights to how the world worked in the 1700s.

The event, which has been extended to four days this year, ends on Sunday while Saturday’s main event closes with the unmissable ‘City of Wonder’ Light Show.

But before the city centre lights up with its famous light show, the team at Digby’s Bar and Restaurant have been busy in their kitchen in Killylea preparing for what is always a sell out day of all the treats they’ll have on offer.

Speaking from the warmth of Digby’s kitchen which is filled with chocolate, pastry and spices, Claire said: “It’ll be a cold day as always but Georgian Day is simply a day not to be missed. Come and see us at the corner of Russell Street where we will have Brownies, Sticky Toffee Puddings, Sheelagh’s famous Christmas Puddings, Cherry and Almond Tarts, Bacon Jam, Red Cabbage, Tomato and Chilli Jam and of course Cranberry Sauce.

Georgian Day in Armagh with Digby's Bar & Restaurant

“And of course what a lot of people will want to know is that our famous Apple Pie, baked by Sheelagh using a traditional family recipe which has been handed down through the generations, and came second in this years Food Heartland Awards, will also be sold on our stand.

“Chef Kevin Crossan and the team have been so busy as this is one of the biggest events in our events calendar. The kitchen smells amazing and so many products are ready to give your table that Digby’s feel this Christmas.

“And of course back in Killylea, the bar and restaurant will be open so escape the cold and the hustle and bustle of the city centre and book a table and enjoy the rest of your evening.”

And to celebrate Georgian Day and getting into the Christmas spirit Digby’s Bar & Restaurant have been running a competition on its Facebook page so if you want to be in with a chance of winning before the competition ends tomorrow night at 9pm click Digby’s Georgian Day Competition

Georgian Day is an event where people travel to Armagh for this fantastic event.

The events throughout the festival promise entertainment, education and excitement for the whole family.

Tonight, November 22, Rokeby Lecture opens the Festival programme on the Thursday evening in the Robinson Library when Professor Tim Wilks will showcase the Archbishop’s unique gem collection of the time.

Tomorrow has afternoon teas and a ghoulish guided walking tour of the city. Tomorrow evening the Church of Ireland Cathedral will host ‘The Piper and the Faerie Queen’, a performance inspired by fantastical literary works of the 17th century and performed by Camerata Kilkenny and David Power.

And a highlight of the schedule is the Great Georgian Banquet tomorrow night at the Archbishop’s Palace which will transport guests to an 18th Century Venetian ball with a sumptuous five-course meal from chef Simon Dougan and The Yellow Door with court music and entertainment through the night.

Georgian Banquet - Georgian Day in Armagh

This is truly an event set in stunning architectural heritage. The city’s streets will have animated characters from a bygone age performing traditional music and theatre, and the sound of carol singers and horse drawn carriages echoing through the beautiful streets and cobbled laneways.

A range of unique and exclusive walking tours will immerse visitors and locals in gripping tales of yore, gore and ghouls, while iconic landmarks of the Armagh cityscape such as the Courthouse, the Palace and the County Club will open their doors to bring the city’s Georgian past to life.

Recently crowned one of the Top Five Foodie Destinations in the whole of Ireland, Armagh’s Georgian Festival will celebrate the region’s culinary creativity with an artisan market and hot food village and standout events including a gin school, wine tasting and afternoon teas.

Georgian Day - Christmas is a Lusty Fellow

To close the 2018 Festival, a series of tours and experiences throughout Sunday will fully immerse visitors in the region’s historical heritage. This includes the ‘Hidden Gems’ coach tour which will take guests to both Crannagael House and Dean’s Hill private residences to meet the owners and learn more about the fascinating histories of both properties.


Live It Experience It Member

Live It Experience It’ is a community of tourism businesses working together to promote our region through water, air and land based activities, food and drink and great places to stay. If you would like to become a member business in our ‘Live It Experience It’ cluster please submit your information through our online form –  Sign Up Here  or phone the office on 028 3756 8436. Why not pitch your business and meet like minded tourism businesses who you could collaborate with. #liveitexperienceit #LIEImember

Live-It-Experience-It -



Follow Us

Eleanor McGillie

About Eleanor McGillie

Eleanor spent eight years working in the south west of England - one of the UK's most popular tourism hotspots. During her stint working with key players in the tourism sector she developed a love for all things outdoor adventure. As a journalist she got to travel to remote corners of the world to write travel features about the experiences of a particular place. Northern Ireland's story needs to be told and needs to reach new audiences. Live It Experience It aims to attract tourists from outside Ireland, people from Ireland and people who live in Northern Ireland but aren't aware of the extent of the adventures on our own doorsteps. Eleanor is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) at Associate Level