My partner is Irish, and whenever we go on holiday it has become a tradition that we try an Irish pub wherever we are staying.
Before I go on, I will say it was the start of the season, however some simple changes could have made this place work.
On arrival you enter into this huge cavernous area that has the feeling of a warehouse. When we got there there was only one other group in, and they were wrapping up to leave. As the bar is way out of town we thought we would at least have 1 drink and have dinner there as the menu looked to be good and it said home cooked food.
One thing that makes an Irish bar is being able to sit at the bar and chat to your fellow guests. This is not allowed here. So you have to sit on uncomfortable wooden benches. That rather killed the atmosphere.
We then headed up to the huge and empty dining room, and should have turned around and got in a cab.
On a good point, the staff are attentive, although we were at one point the only couple dining there. The food however is a different matter.
My partners starter looked like it was fresh out of a freezer bag from a budget supermarket, and mine was average putting it politely.
Main course of steak pie and salmon were a huge let down. The salmon did not taste fresh, the only good thing was the vegetables. My pie contained more salt than meat making it virtually inedible. Needless to say we left the dining room hungry and are both feeling the after effects the next day.
Just before we left we used the toilets, to get to these you have to walk through a cosy, air conditioned bar with comfy seating and what could be a lovely atmosphere. One suggestion that could make the place much better. Close the drinking warehouse and restaurant in the quiet season and use this lovely area instead for everything instead of having it closed. It would make such a difference. Oh, and less salt would be good too.
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