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McConville’s (The Mandeville Arms) – Portadown, County Armagh
This classic Victorian bar is one of the most stalwart survivors of the Ulster pub scene right down to its crack-riddled sky blue and dusty red tiled floor. In 1981, the windows were blown out when a 400lb car bomb exploded outside the pub. Its present owner has made it a pub for all, ‘whatever age and whoever you are - anything goes, religion makes no odds’. The pub is certainly an inspiration for all those who want to move on from the Troubles and enjoy the 21st century, not least from within one of the ten impeccably charming leather-bound snugs within.