Matties History

One of Co. Antrim's oldest Public Houses, Matties offers a traditional setting with modern day services.

The Meeting House stands at the crossroads of Cairncastle village in Co. Antrim, almost halfway between Larne and Glenarm and one mile inland from Ballygally.

The history of our traditional country pub and restaurant goes back in time to at least the 1800’s. The 1960’s and 70’s saw Martha Moore, known as Mattie, take over the reins. She was a formidable woman and many a story has been told of how she ran the pub, people she served and those she didn’t!

Locally the pub became known as ‘Matties’ and this was officially added to the title of the pub in 2007, becoming ‘Matties Meeting House’.


Matties Today

Current Licensee Martha Davis has preserved the traditional features of Matties, while rejuvenating the premises.

Current Licensee Martha Davis took over in 2012 but was no stranger to Matties. Martha started working in Matties Meeting House as a young woman in July 1997 and through the years she has become well known to locals and visitors alike.

Martha has preserved features like the old Singer Sewing Machine tables and the original Bar, where they once cut tobacco. With the help of her husband Alan, Martha has managed to rejuvenate Matties while retaining the original character of the traditional Public Bars.

As well as being one of the oldest traditional Public Houses in the Larne area,  Matties Meeting House offers great home cooked food at affordable prices. We provide a good range of Vegetarian dishes. Many of our dishes are Gluten Free or a Gluten Free version is available.

Some old favourites are enjoyed by our customers, including the famous Boxer Jim’s Guinness Pie, Mattie’s Chicken & Smokey Burgers. Some popular recent additions to the menu include Chicken Curry, Steak Sandwich, 3 Bean Chilli and the mighty Texan Burger. As well as our daily bar food menu, we have a delicious Sunday Roast on every week.


Premises & Events

  • The entrance hall to our pub, referred to as the ‘Wee Room’, features an open fire and a 50 inch TV and it can be standing room only when the Rugby is on!

  • Off the Wee Room are 2 ‘Boxes’ which are the Original Bars of our traditional pub and restaurant. The first box is the original ‘Lounge’, the other used to be a shop where you can still see the marks on the bar from cutting tobacco.

  • Through to the Lounge at the back is where we serve our bar meals and where entertainment is provided. A room upstairs can be used for small private functions holding approx 30 people.

  • Thursday night brings our talented local musicians in for an acoustic folk singing session. Twice a month the traditional Irish musicians can be found on a Saturday afternoon.

  • We have live music every Saturday night from a variety of musicians, sometimes a great lone guitarist/singer to a full 5 piece band!

  • Friday Night is Steak Night. Prime local Sirloin Steak, chips, onion rings & vegetables, all for only £9.95!

  • Charity Quiz Nights are Sept – June on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.


Customer Feedback

Fantastic Food

Went here today for Sunday dinner we had the special – three courses for £14.95 it was lovely, breaded mushrooms with garlic mayo and a lovely side salad, roast beef followed by pavlova yummy. Large portions and everything [except the pavlova!] was piping hot. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Compliments to Martha, Lindsey and the rest of the staff. Had a lovely time and highly recommend.


Best Experience in Northern Ireland!

A group of us from work visited Ballygally for two weeks and finding this on our first night was incredible. We were immediately welcomed and the owner, Allen, treated us like family. We came back four times! Loved the food, people, entertainment (live singers on Thursday night), and the drinks were fantastic. I would come back just to visit any time!

Patrick Adams

Stopped by and enjoyed a very tasty meal!

After meeting with a local business owner, I stopped off in this bar. Wide ranging menu, choose the Chicken with Matties signature sauce with garlic fries.
One of the nicest meals i have had in a long time, and a very reasonable price!

Jamie G

Best pub on the Coast!

We traveled in for work from out of town and were staying nearby at the Balllygally Castle Hotel. We went to check out the pub and couldn’t have had a better time! The owner, Allan, took great care of us and made sure we felt welcomed. The food was delicious and the drink selection was excellent. The live music on Thursdays was a great time and we ended up staying until close. The prices cannot be beat either. Matties is definitely a must stop if you’re driving up the coast of Northern Ireland.

Ross S