9 February 2022
By Elaine Murphy
Cliste Hospitality buys landmark Cork premises, The Viaduct Inn, with ambitious development plans to create a dining destination
Cliste Hospitality are delighted to announce that they have purchased The Viaduct Inn, the pub and restaurant on the Old Bandon Road, and have ambitious development plans for the property.
Just outside Bishopstown on the N71 main road to West Cork, The Viaduct Inn is a substantial premises with views of the famous landmark after which it is named — the Chetwynd Viaduct, the Victorian railway viaduct that carried trains on its single line from Cork to West Cork until 1961.
“The Viaduct Inn is a significant hospitality footprint with lots of potential,” says Paul Fitzgerald, CEO of Cliste Hospitality. “An impressive property in a great location, we are looking forward to investing a considerable sum in a complete redesign and refurbishment and opening the doors to our first customers later this spring. It is Cliste Hospitality’s intention to operate the premises as a dining destination and food hall, rather than solely as a pub venue, although the drinks element remains an important pillar of the offering. Our plan is to develop a major food and drinks destination on the gateway to West Cork.”
“Our concept at The Viaduct Inn is that of a modern Irish brasserie,” continues Cliste Hospitality CEO Paul Fitzgerald, “a food and drink hall with menus changing seasonally that will become a destination dining option both for the local Bishopstown and wider Cork population and also for commuters to West Cork.”
Cliste Hospitality offers a full suite of consultancy and management services, including management services of hotels and hospitality businesses, project management services and bespoke consultancy. The talent at Cliste Hospitality is made up of some the best-known names in the industry. All are hospitality specialists, with impressive track records in driving both room and non-room revenue and profitability.
Now employing 30 staff, with offices in Cork and Dublin, Cliste Hospitality management has invested in establishing a best-in-class senior operational team ensuring the long-term sustainability of the portfolio. One of the largest operators of hotels in the Republic of Ireland, the group has a proven record of successful acquisitions. In parallel with its hotel acquisition strategy Cliste Hospitality is keen to explore bespoke hospitality opportunities that will arise as the Covid recovery takes hold in the hospitality sector and in the broader Irish economy, with the Viaduct acquisition being part of this strategy.