We stopped here on a recent trip from Cork to Killarney. We used to stop as kids when the place was a small country pub, so I couldn’t believe the change. It still retains some of that ‘country’ charm, with dark woods and open fires, but it’s now turned into a kind of ‘super-pub’ and is huge, so it’s lost some of the cosiness it once had.
We took a seat and were left to our own devices for a good ten minutes before a staff member approached to ask if we wanted menus, despite two staff members hanging round the bar chatting and there being only two other customers in the pub at the time (a quiet, mid-week winter’s day). We waited another 10-15 minutes for the staff member to return and take our orders. The food, when it arrived, was nice and hot, and pretty decent for a casual lunch, but I thought a bit over-priced for a pub. After twice asking for glasses of water and none ever arriving, we decided to skip the coffees and just hit the road to Killarney.
Overall an ok place to stop if you want to break your journey and have a pub lunch (and use the toilets, which are definitely better than your average pub), but it’s not as nice as it used to be.
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- The Mills Inn is a traditional Inn in every sense of the word. When we talk about putting hospitality back into the growing Irish ‘Hospitality Industry’ the Mills Inn lies at its heart.The Mills has changed hands a few times over the years, and the present owners have brought the traditional Inn to an even higher level. A new shopping experience has been added with food, crafts, wines and special items for the house and garden. The Mills Inn knows that it is a country Inn – they focus on the food, the bar ambiance and the comfortable rooms. ... more less
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