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“Meal for two.”
Review of The Locke Restaurant - CLOSED

The Locke Restaurant
Price range: US$17 - US$39
Cuisines: European, Irish, Seafood, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The Locke Restaurant, Athlone is located in Athlone's historical quater and is set in an enchanting 150 year old church which stands proudly on the waterfront. The church was the original Anglican church in Athlone and dates back to the early 1800's. The church still retains most of its original fetures which now form part of the gorgeous restaurant that is The Locke. The Locke is situated beside the beer garden entrance to Sean's Bar, Ireland's Oldest Pub, Athlone Castle and is in the heart of the bustling nightlife of Athlone. The restaurant is one block away from the Dean Crowe theatre. It also also is within walking distance of some of Athlone's wonderful attractions, such as the Viking Boat Cruise and the Luain Gallery. The core of the restaurant, set in the captivating and magnificent church which dates back to 1858, now known as the Locke Restaurant is the second level with its high church beamed ceilings, warm, atmospheric lighting, panelling and rich carpet. The cosy snug bar located on the lower level has a dramatic feel about it. There is live piano and harp sessions every Saturday night in the bar area of the restaurant and all are welcome to come and enjoy it, even for a drink. The Locke Restaurant is a proud Irish Restaurant, specialising in fine Irish cuisine and seafood with a strong focus on local suppliers and produce. Our award winning Head Chef and his excellent team cook everything fresh to order and take great pride in the quality and standard of food they produce.The Locke Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday served full evening, Al a Carte Menu from 5pm to 9.30Pm and There is also a great value Early Bird Menu available each day from 5pm to 7pm with 2 courses starting from €21.00 Per person. The Locke also has capacity for groups and parties with our private dining room options available for small or large groups and parties. We also have Group Menus and tailored packages for groups.
County Armagh, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Meal for two.”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Good quality food at reasonable price. Was quite quiet the night we were there but a nice spot with a good atmosphere.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Balsie
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Dear Balsie,

Thank you so much for your review and feedback.
I am delighted that even though it was a quieter evening when you came to visit us here at The Locke that the atmosphere was still intimate and special and the service and food still up to standard. We very much appreciated your business and I very much hope next time you are in the area, you will call again.

Warmest thanks,

Ann O’Shea
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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Renewal of Wedding Vows Ceremony!”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Just cannot praise Gavin, Anne and Jo for doing such a great job in making our renewal of wedding vows day so special! They gave us wonderful service, beautiful food and despite being broken into the night before they made sure we had a day both ourselves and our friends will never forget! Venue is just so special, homely with a very special ambiance food to die for and personal service which is second to none! If you are getting married or want somewhere special to celebrate any occasion I have no trouble in recommending this wee hidden gem in the heart of Athlone. We will be back!

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank interestedvisi2r
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Interestedvisi2r, words cannot convey our thanks to you, Jim and the family for the business, we so very much appreciate it.

You have encapsulated in one review, everything we strive and aim for here at The Locke so we are quiet simply blown away. It was our privilege and pleasure to be apart of your special day and we are all so happy that we could make it so special for you all.

Jo, the chef’s and of course Gavin say a HUGE “Thank You” to you. But most of all, its your recommendation that means the most to us here, it is very important.

We met as strangers and we left as friends so from our family to yours, we look so much forward to having you come and visit us again here at The Locke very soon.

Wishing you many more years of happiness.

Ann “Mammy” O’Shea
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Love the atmosphere”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

It's not easily found but it truly is the best restaurant iv been to in a long time.
I could not fault any of the dishes,there is nothing ordinary them but tastes beautiful.
Will definitely visit again.
Staff is also extremely friendly.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Katriona W
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Dear Katriona W,

Thank you for finding us and thank you for the recommendation, it means alot to all of us here at The Locke, we always hope we are a good find, on the banks of the Shannon.

Our brilliant team of chefs all say Thank You for your compliments on their food and I am delighted you enjoyed our atmosphere so much, it is what we aim for.

I very much hope you will come and visit us again soon.
Warmest thanks,

Ann O’Shea
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Highly recommend !!!”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

I am just home from a lovely weekend in athlone for my hens :) we had a reservation for 6.30pm but as anyone would know any group of ladies are going to be late :) we arrived an hour late and we were greeted by a lovely man , we weren't given out to for being late, We received a lovely warm welcome.
the food was excellent and extremely fresh, the staff were so nice and accommodating i cannot recommend locke restaurant enough if you are going to athlone its a must the atmosphere was lovely and relaxed

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank s1martin12
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Dear s1martin12,

Thank you so much for coming to dine with us at The Locke and we really appreciate the feedback, I am so delighted that you all enjoyed it so much.

While we certainly don’t encourage people to be late, we do understand and will always do our best for any group or individual who come to dine with us at The Locke, after all, we are in the business of hospitality. I have passed on your kind words to all the team here at The Locke who duely say a humble “Thank You” back.

I very much hope you have a great wedding and of course that you will call to us again at The Locke when you are in Athlone.

With thanks,

Ann O’Shea
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Eugene, Oregon
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Beautiful building and delicious food!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

This beautiful 150 year old building that used to be a church serves locally sourced Irish food. The house special of traditional Irish pork belly is served on a bed of shallot mash and roasted vegetables, with apricot chutney and red wine au jus was tender, flavorful and scrumptious! A fish plate had a salad topped with fresh and smoked salmon, mackerel, and trout was also delicious. We had no room for dessert, but their sticky toffee pudding sounded tempting. I would love to eat there again!

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Sbow2
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Sbow2, thank you so much for your review.

Our excellent Head Chef, Seamus Jordan and his team are so complimented that they are on cloud nine after such a positive review about the food.

We take great pride in our stunning church venue and its so nice when it is appreciated like you have, thank you. I know you are in the USA but we all very much hope, if you ever make it back to Ireland again, you will come and let us host you here at The Locke once more.

Kind regards,

Ann O’Shea
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