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“christmas spirit in Tipperary”
Review of Matt the Thrasher

Matt the Thrasher
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Reviewed 1 January 2008

I wish to concur with the other comments on this site, with regards to
Matt the Thrasher; in particular this gentleman and I use that term very loosely, who approached me at the front door. It was new years eve & as my husband, son and I were travelling from Kerry to Dublin after xmas we decided to stop to have something to eat & being 8 months pregnant I went ahead to use the facilities. I was abruptly stopped at the door & informed I would not be allowed to use the toilets as these were for patrons use only; he did not brother to find
out if I was intending to be one & the way in which I was approached I
certainly didn’t feel like becoming one! When I stated the obvious i.e. my condition he informed that this was not his fault but I could use the toilet if I had to! Diplomacy was not one of his many gifts!
"ceide mile a failte" and xmas spirit etc were not familiar to this man. I would seriously question his career choice in hospitality & and
was even more surprised to find out he was the manager. Needless to say, due to the condescending way in which I was spoken to, I quickly turned & left feeling extremely embarrassed.

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Reviewed 28 August 2007

When our foursome from Toronto, Canada, stopped at Matt the Thrasher for lunch on Wednesday, August 20, 2007, we were acknowledged, but not greeted, by a gentleman inside the front door and escorted to a table in the pub's darkened interior. We moved instead to a brightly lit table in a front bay window. Upon reading the menu, my wife was particularly impressed to read that Matt the Thrasher took pride in the fact its own home-baked brown bread was made with grain grown in the field behind the pub. When the gentleman approached us to inquire what we would like, my wife complimented him the establishment on its initiative in growing its own grain and preparing its own bread and asked if she could have some of Matt's special bread, toasted. The gentleman replied aloofly, "No" without any further explanation. Silence followed. When another in our party inquired if that meant other food items had to be ordered, the gentleman replied cooly "Yes", again without further comment or explanation. Service thereafter was, frankly, cold. No smiles, warm comments, etc. were in evidence.

Those traveling with children should be aware of a cautionary note printed at the top of the pub's menu, setting out its policy that children should be closely supervised at all times and noisy children must be promptly removed for the consideration of other patrons, or service will be discontinued.

All in all, Matt the Thrasher was entirely disappointing and not at all consistent with the friendly, welcoming spirit we experienced elsewhere during our most enjoyable holiday in Ireland.

12  Thank VisitorstoIreland
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Reviewed 9 June 2007

The service was below average. My hamburger was burnt on one side, and they forgot to include my daughter's order-- which was just a plain ham and cheese sandwich! When her sandwich came it had on slice of ham on it.

5  Thank YankeeGal2
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Reviewed 25 May 2007

We often hear of people bemoaning the fact that Ireland's tourism industry is losing its proud tradition of giving a 'céad míle fáilte' to guests due to the influx of foreign staff working in the country's hostelries.
This tradition of a warm Irish welcome however was also sadly missing when met by a person (IRISH) at the door of Matt the Threshers in Birdhill recently. This gentleman (whom we took to be the owner) let us know immediately that not only would we have to join the queue, but we were moved along out of the way to the 'barn' to join a number of other hungry groups.
How happy we were to be then given a poky table just in front of the door that left in a freezing draught each time it was opened. From this position we observed the (un)friendly host be as unaccommodating as possible - ordering some families that they could not sit together but would have to take whatever table became available. This would have been reasonable had the place been busy but it was his way or the highway. A number of groups walked out on entering with others leaving before giving in their order. The food, which was over priced, was not worth the long wait. We couldn't wait to leave and won't be back.
We were made to feel unwelcome from start to finish as were many others. Maybe it was an off day for them but a day to forget for us.

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