Opening Soon

We are excited to put the Swiss House restaurant back on the dining out map of the Isle of Man in the coming months.

Keep an eye on our website / facebook page for information about our forthcoming re-launch and menus. In the meantime we are making a few changes and upgrades to the restaurant to get it ready for opening.


Private Functions / Parties / Catered Events

The Swiss House is available for private functions and parties.

We have onsite parking, beautiful grounds for photos and reception drinks in warmer weather, a bar lounge and dining areas spread across two rooms which can either be separate dining rooms or combined for bigger parties up to 80 people.

If you would like more information about holding a wedding reception, christening, birthday party or celebration or even business meetings or functions please get in touch by emailing info@tartangroup.co.uk. Alternatively you may get in touch by phoning our Boatyard Restaurant (Peel) 845470, or Tanroagan (Douglas) 612355.


The Swiss House

There has been a restaurant on the site of the Swiss House for over 100 years catering to the needs of Victorian pleasure seekers, walkers of both the 2 leg and 4 leg varieties and increasingly, seekers of good food and warm hospitality. The Swiss House Restaurant in its current form opened on Valentine’s Day 14th February 2012 by the Mowat Family after a lengthy refurbishment to bring new life to this much loved landmark restaurant. Surrounded by beautiful forest and the natural wonders of the Glen, the restaurant offers many unique qualities which attracts diners to the Swiss House from across the Island and has worked hard to establish a loyal and successful reputation. The Swiss House embraces the principles of offering a dining experience founded on fresh, local and high quality produce, cooked and served in a friendly and welcoming setting. A central feature of the restaurant aside from its extensive gin selection and handpicked wine list is the open plan kitchen boasting the impressive Josper Charcoal Oven. Imported to the island from Spain, the oven acts like a large indoor BBQ using only premium charcoal to bake, grill or roast food at high temperatures resulting in delicious, succulent and flavoursome dishes. We are very proud of what we have achieved at the Swiss House so far in both the appearance and the quality of food and service we strive to offer. On behalf of the Mowat family and the whole team, we look forward to welcoming you to the Swiss House restaurant.

Off road parking

Fully licenced bar with handpicked drinks and wines

Relaxing dining areas overlooking the glen

Josper Charcoal Oven

Friendly family run restaurant

Award winning menus supporting local providers and locally sourced ingredients

Family friendly with children’s menu and complimentary activity packs

Beautiful surroundings offering leisurely walks and outdoor entertaining

Glen Helen

Perhaps the best known of the Island’s glens, Glen Helen is on the western side of the Island, north of Ballacraine on the famous TT course. The glen was created in the 1860s by a consortium of Manx businessmen interested in arboriculture. They laid its paths, carried out extensive planting of trees and ornamental shrubs, constructed river bridges and opened the place to the public in 1867. The attractive name Glen Helen was likely chosen from Greek myth to reflect the beauty of the location. Today a variety of mature and impressive trees including sequoia, thuja, spruces, Douglas fir, oak, sycamore and beech can be observed. Paths traverse the glen alongside the rivers Neb and Blaber. Three quarters of a mile into the glen you will reach the dramatic Rhenass waterfall.  As well as the Swiss House restaurant, the glen has a children’s play area and toilet facilities (including disabled).

Private Hire & Functions

The Swiss House Restaurant offers a range of interesting and varied options for entertaining and dining – from small gatherings and celebrations to larger functions and special occassions. We can offer part or fully exclusive use of the restaurant depending on your party size and event.

  • Wedding Receptions
  • Corporate Functions
  • Christening Parties
  • Meetings, Seminars and Lecture space for 10-40 guests
  • Birthdays and Family Gatherings
  • Christmas Parties

The maximum capacity for a standing drinks reception is 90 and 70 for a seated meal.

Due to the flexible layout of the restaurant areas, a semi-private space within the restaurant can be reserved and is suitable for groups of between 10 and 30 people for a seated meal. A maximum of 14 people can be seated at a single table. Alternatively the whole restaurant including the bar and lounge area can be exclusively hired.

  • Large off road car park
  • Beautiful glen location
  • Outdoor seating area
  • Fully licenced bar and lounge area
  • Unique Josper Charcoal Oven
  • Tailor made menus to suit your event
  • Award winning food and extensive drinks menus
  • Flexible room hire

Josper Oven

What is a Josper Oven?

Josper is an elegant combination of a grill and an oven in a single machine providing optimal results with all types of food. Its high operating temperature allows you to grill and roast, preventing the product from baking, adding the unique flavour of the finest embers; a unique texture and juiciness in all products. Its a bit like having a BBQ inside an oven.

By combining the functions of an oven and grill, our Chefs work at high temperatures, sealing the product, smoking and grilling at the same time. The results are unique, and make the Josper Charcoal Oven a piece of equipment that is also unique.

The Swiss House Cafe Bar & Grill is the only establishment on the Isle of Man with a Josper Charcoal Oven, and indeed the only establishment which can truly claim to offer charcoal grilled dishes. We are delighted with the Josper Oven and hope that on your next visit to the Swiss House you too will sample the unique qualities of Josper dining.



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