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Revamped Restaurant ‘Nose’ Natural Gas is the Next Chapter

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The Parson’s Nose restaurant in Hillsborough has become the first commercial energy user to connect to the Phoenix Natural Gas network, as part of the company’s major extension programme into thirteen new towns across County Down.

The project, which commenced its build last year, will see an additional 28,000 commercial and domestic properties connected to the natural gas network, with first connections in Hillsborough set to go live by June.

Ronan Sweeney, Managing Director of Balloo Inns and owner of the Parson’s Nose said, “When I heard that natural gas was soon going to be available in Hillsborough I was keen to ensure that The Parson’s Nose could make the upgrade as soon as possible.

“The Parson’s Nose has recently undergone a major refurbishment incorporating a new interior design and an extended exterior dining space. We've enhanced the menu with some new wood-fired dishes while retaining our emphasis on good local produce to create a new and unique pub dining experience in Hillsborough.

“Installing natural gas in the premises is the next chapter in the restaurant’s makeover. We are looking forward to enjoying the many benefits natural gas can bring to a commercial restaurant, such as instant heat and, crucially, controllability of cooking temperature which is vital for ensuring the perfectly cooked dish. The improved efficiency of natural gas, and associated cost savings, made upgrading to natural gas the obvious next step for our restaurant.”

“Not only are we looking forward to being able to avail of the many benefits natural gas can bring us commercially, but it’s great to see the historic village of Hillsborough benefit from an improved utility infrastructure and avail of a modern fuel choice.”

Oliver Mars, Industrial & Commercial Sales Manager at Phoenix Natural Gas said, “We’re delighted that The Parson’s Nose is the first commercial customer to connect to our network in Hillsborough as we continue our major expansion project to extend the benefits of natural gas into County Down.

“The restaurant is renowned for its exceptional food and dining experience and it is only fitting that a cutting edge restaurant should be powered by a modern and efficient fuel that has real commercial benefits for the business.

“Phoenix Natural Gas commenced its town centre works in Hillsborough in early March and we are pleased to have completed our construction works three weeks earlier than anticipated, with minimal disruption to local residents and businesses.

“With the first connections in Hillsborough set to go live in the next few weeks, we have been overwhelmed with the interest in uptake for natural gas in the area as many home owners and business users seek to upgrade their heating and cooking systems. We look forward to completing the network build in this area and connecting even more commercial and domestic customers over the summer months”, added Oliver.

Hillsborough is the second town to have natural gas available for homes and businesses in the area as part of the expansion project. Ballygowan was the first town to connect to the natural gas network in December 2016 with additional towns set to benefit from natural gas including Annahilt, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan, Crossgar, Downpatrick, Dromore, Drumaness, Dundrum, Newcastle, Saintfield and Spa.


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Installing natural gas central heating does eliminate the need for a separate hot water tank, so it is possible to free up some space where the hot press currently exists. However, it is not a requirement of installing natural gas central heating that your hot water tank is removed, so it is entirely your choice.

Homeowners installing a new central heating appliance will be required to make an application to the Builiding Control department of their local council prior to work commencing.

Once you have requested your connection to the natural gas network, it can take up to 15 working days to get a planned connection date. Your natural gas connection is installed over approximately 5 working days, which includes re-instatement on private and public property.  The final stage is the internal installation completed by your installer which (depending on the work involved) can take on average 3 working days.

Currently Phoenix Natural Gas offers a free connection to the natural gas network, worth up to £750.  Work to install your natural gas appliance, e.g. central heating or gas fire is carried out by an independent Gas Safe registered installer.  Details of these installers can be found here.

There would be more energy saving benefits to change everything at once, but we realise that family budgets may prevent this. It is possible to change over in stages, as financial considerations allow.

As with any major home improvement there will be an element of disruption, although both Phoenix Natural Gas and Gas Safe registered installation companies (registered with Phoenix Natural Gas) will aim to keep this to an absolute minimum.

The network operator provides and maintains the natural gas network.  The supplier buys gas which they then sell to consumers via the network operator’s network.  Your supplier is your first point of contact for billing queries and payment card requests.

Phoenix Natural Gas is the gas transporter and network operator.  We do not supply natural gas.  Details of gas suppliers in the greater Belfast area can be found here.

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Please call your gas supplier or 03454 55 55 55 for help and advice.

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Phoenix Natural Gas is the network operator and not the gas supplier.  Therefore, you will need to speak to your gas supplier.  Details of suppliers can be found here.

On occasion Phoenix Natural Gas will need to carry essential maintenance on the gas meter.  We will endeavour to notify you of this to enable access to your gas appliances after the work is carried out. However, we know that this is not always convenient for consumers. 

If we have been at your property and left a no access card this will give the appropriate number to call to get your gas switched back on.  If you have any questions regarding this please contact our customer services team on 03454 55 55 55.

Natural gas is the fuel of choice for many consumers across Europe with 20 million customers in Great Britain alone. Phoenix Natural Gas continually monitors the system for safety and operates a 24-hour emergency response service, 365 days a year. All gas appliances should be correctly installed by a Gas Safe registered installation company and should be checked annually.

Natural gas is a very convenient, clean and versatile fuel. But like all fuels it must be handled wisely to ensure its safety and efficiency. If you think you smell gas, you should contact the 24-hour gas emergency service on 0800 002 001 or click here for further advice.


No. All installers who are eligible to carry out natural gas work have been registered with Gas Safe Register, which is the national watchdog for gas safety in the UK. Many of these installers will also be registered with Phoenix Natural Gas, which ensures that you can take advantage of our many offers and incentives for new customers switching to natural gas.

A number of installation companies offer a finance facility which allows you to install a new high efficiency natural gas system and spread the cost of installation over a fixed number of months.

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For a full list of Phoenix registered installers please click here.