Hilden House, Barbour Threads and Titanic…
Hilden Brewing Co was established by Ann and Seamus Scullion in 1981 in the courtyard of Hilden House. This was the former home of the Barbour linen barons. Here, the Scullions reintroduced into the island of Ireland the tradition of a local brewery making beers of distinctive character and taste. Hilden is now the oldest, independent brewery on the island of Ireland, celebrating 40 years this year!
William Barbour established his thread mill at Hilden in 1824.; Barbour Threads grew rapidly. Then by the end of the 19th century it was the biggest linen thread company in the world with offices and mills in many international locations. Its chairman at the end of the 19th century was Milne Barbour, grandson of the founder of the company.
Milne Barbour was a prominent figure in political and social circles and Hilden House was host to many famous people. A sister of Milne Barbour, Helen married Thomas Andrews, designer of the Titanic. They celebrated their wedding at Hilden House. Helen was not onboard the Titanic and later was married to Harland of esteemed shipbuilding company, Harland and Wolff.
In more recent years, an alternative venue for weddings and events has been added to the converted Georgian stables that once belonged to Hilden House. The Stables and Malt Store are licensed for all types of ceremonies and can host cosy and intimate weddings in it’s quirky surroundings. If you would rather create a super relaxed and laid-back wedding day? Then the Tipi Tents are the way to go.
The Stables building is a great alternative venue for all sorts of corporate events. But get in contact with us to see what we can do to meet your event’s needs.
The Stables also house our coffee shop. A cosy and quaint area to come and enjoy a coffee and traybake with a fun kids corner. And dog friendly too. Check out our newly added Afternoon Tea.
To learn more about our Hilden craft beers check out the brewery website.