Rostrevor is a village and townland in County Down, Northern Ireland, on the coast of Carlingford Lough, at the foot of Slieve Martin. Ros is the Irish word for woods and trevor is named for Sir Edward Trevor from Derbyshire, Wales, who settled in the area in the early 17th century.
Given its proximity to the border with Ireland, it has seen its fair share of grief during the Troubles. In January 1983, Eric Brown (Protestant) and Brian Quinn (Catholic), both of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, were shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, as they sat in their unmarked police car.
Pulling off the ferry, we drove into Rostrevor and started looking for a cup of coffee. We tried a fast food shop and a pub, before finally being directed to the Old School House Coffee House and Bistro.
Immediately on entering, the place seemed to be the local favourite. Young and old alike were inside on this rainy Saturday. We ordered coffees and a sweet. The caramel peanut slice and the chocolate brownie were great, but the 1″ thick icing was too much of a good thing.
The rain had abated by the time we finished, so we headed back to our car to drive to Kilbroney Park for our hike. The village seemed tidy enough as we walked through it.