The Yellow Door, now is its 22nd year, is owned by Simon Dougan (Chef/Proprietor). It first opened its doors as a restaurant in 1992 in the little hamlet of Gilford Co. Down. Since then Simon set up the new Yellow Door delicatessen in Portadown and there are now 3 more Deli’s in Belfast and Lisburn.
The Yellow Door caters for hundreds of very special events all over Ireland and overseas, including last year’s Waterloo Ball for 1150 VIP Dinners. The Yellow Door also catered for The VIP G8 event in Fermanagh and the showcase of Northern Ireland Food in Brussels European Parliament for 700 Diplomats and special guests. The Yellow Door wholesale their famous award winning Bread and Patisserie products to top quality restaurants, hotels and catering companies throughout the whole of Ireland
Simon and his team of Chefs, Bakers and Chocolatiers cook everything they serve from scratch which means, smoking local fish and meat, churning ice creams and sorbets and baking the renowned Yellow Door bread and patisserie from the best local ingredients. The Company even has its own orchard, herb garden, vegetable and soft fruit plots as well as keeping bee hives to produce Yellow Door honey.
In 2017 Simon received an MBE for his services to catering and hospitality. A champion of Northern Ireland’s rich food heritage and an ambassador for local artisan producers, his award was much deserved. It came a year after the renowned chef welcomed Prince William’s father, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, to his award-winning Portadown deli.