About Us

Our mission is simple. We serve delicious, affordable food that guests will want to return to week after week.

The Distiller’s Arms is steeped in history with a long reputation for the very best hospitality.

Our History

Bushmills is an historic and picturesque village located at the Gateway to the Unesco World Heritage Site The Giant’s Causeway and a short walk from the world famous Old Bushmills Distillery. The Distillers Arms was originally home to the Bushmills Distillery owners, spending some years as lodgings and pub before being converted to the restaurant, retaining many of its original features.   A stroll along the River Bush will further demonstrate the rich culture and heritage of Bushmills history including two impeccably restored Mills.

Stylish & atmospheric dining

Tartine at Distillers Arms is a historic gem, a couple of minute’s walk from the world-famous Old Bushmills Distillery. Rich in history and character oozing, you’ll experience an atmospheric restaurant like no other.  The restaurant comprises of three beautifully appointed, interconnecting areas, each with a contemporary selection of local artist’s original paintings and prints, which owner Gary has been collecting. The lighting is low, the atmosphere relaxing, and the service attentive. Our stone-walled dining area is steeped in centuries worth of stories, where food was enjoyed, and glasses were clinked over the centuries. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or a small celebration among friends or colleagues, we ensure that there will be plenty to talk about as you sip on our craft cocktails while enjoying delicious, freshly prepared seasonal dishes.

Meet Team Tartine

Team Tartine are a small tight-knit group of dedicated professionals with huge passion and commitment to delivering the very best food and service. Lead by the multi award winning Chef Patron and producer Gary Stewart the team is made up of an impressive group of experienced Chefs and Front of house long stays who have a depth of knowledge and understanding of their customers expectations. 

Gary Stewart is an award-winning,  creative chef, producer and owner of the esteemed Tartine at Distillers Arms.

With impressive tenacity and ambition, he started his career in some of Northern Ireland’s most renowned kitchens and even travelled to Switzerland, where he honed his culinary skills.  On his return, he quickly became one of the youngest head chefs in the country. Having owned and operated a number of restaurants along the North Coast, Gary opened the doors to Tartine at Distillers Arms almost 15 years ago, and it has become the place to eat in the region.

Not content to rest on his laurels, Gary proudly launched a multi-award-winning range of sauces. He is familiar face in food festivals where captivated audiences have gathered to witness his masterful cooking demonstrations first-hand!

Introducing Robbie Clements, the talented kitchen team leader at Tartine at Distillers Arms.

With an impressive culinary pedigree and a passion for cooking, Robbie has worked his way up through the ranks after graduating from his Catering diploma in Ballymoney.

Born and raised in Portballintrae, his mother is a renowned lecturer in Culinary Arts, Robbie has worked hard to reach his current role. Admired for his friendly nature and calming presence, his colleagues highly regard Robbie.

When he’s not creating mouthwatering dishes at Tartine, you’ll likely find him on the golf course, perfecting his already impressive swing.

More meet the Team coming soon!

Say hello to our new recruits and upcoming stars

We have been dedicated to the Hospitality Industry for many years and believe it provides unlimited opportunity to young graduates and school leavers, and those of any age who have decided that they would like to join our warm, friendly team. Ideal for those who enjoy great food and meeting new people. We are immensely proud of the achievements of our recruits and proudly support them as they develop skills and experience in this dynamic growth industry. If you want to join Team Tartine, email your CV to info@distillersarms.com.

Trainee Chef Kerry Neill

Chef Tyler Campbell