How a Back of Beyond potato shed is now a quaint dining space
By ELEANOR MCGILLIE 19 June, 2018
We all love finding that perfect little gem which stands out from the crowd and this is one find which offers something very unique – like dining in an old potato shed. Have a read to find out why this cook transformed the Back of Beyond to be the hub of a rural community
A POPULAR cook who has been dishing up food to the rural community for 20 years turned her attention to an old potato shed in an entrepreneurial move which continues to transform a rural County Tyrone village as well as giving its tourists something to talk about.
Ann Henderson, who was born and bred in Caledon, decided to make the entrepreneurial move because people in Caledon had nowhere in the village to sit down, have an evening meal and enjoy some wine.
Two years have nearly passed since the Back of Beyond doors opened in the courtyard behind the popular Cafe Rose which is also owned by Ann and the business is just booming with families bringing their overseas visitors to eat out, touring cycling clubs stopping off for something different and locals enjoying the local hospitality.
The Georgian village borders the counties Tyrone, Armagh and Monaghan and lies on the banks of the Blackwater River.
But, with no hotel, pub and or restaurant in the village, the crafty cook saw an opportunity to turn an old potato shed into a business idea but also saw it as a chance to inject life into the rural community.
Speaking about ‘Back of Beyond’ Ann said: “I opened Back of Beyond in line with the year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland. The old potato shed had been lying in a state of disrepair for years. But it’s a lovely shed which is built in the same architectural style as the rest of the village.
“So I thought I would get creative and turn the potato shed into a 24-seater casual dining restaurant which serves food which is produced locally, has created a few new jobs and is a place where local people can congregate on Friday and Saturday nights.
“With more and more people moving to the village, and more and more tourists seeking a rural retreat, we wanted to provide a quaint eatery which offers a totally new dining experience.”
This old potato shed lay vacant for years, but, with a creative eye and a passion for food, Ann Henderson has created a beautiful restaurant which boasts its own courtyard, with plenty of free parking on the Main Street and you can Bring Your Own.
Ann added: “Caledon is a beautiful place. As a community we are working hard to inject new life into the village, create jobs yet maintain the beautiful historical context of Caledon.”
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