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“Great dinner experience”
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great dinner experience”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Locke's Restaurant, located in an old church provides best dinner experience in town, right next to Locke is Sean's Pub , supposedly Irlands oldest pub - check it out.

Visited August 2014
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2 Thank Hans-Cristian H
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Hans-christian H, thank you.

I am so so happy that you both enjoyed your dinner with us so much when you came to dine and Gavin is delighted that you took his recommendation.

To be considered one of the best restaurants in Athlone, is a wonderful compliment and one that we cherish so thank you for it.

Your recommendation is very appreciated.
Warmest thanks,

Ann O’Shea
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Swinford, Ireland
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“Fantastic food in a fantastic setting”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Recently had a meal in the Locke, we were a group of 4 celebrating a special occasion. The setting was just out of this world and we all agreed that the food was fab. I would highly recommend eating here. Price was very reasonable too.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Tom W
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Dear TomW,

Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend us here at The Locke, it truly means alot to us. I am delighted that you enjoyed our stunning church so much because we truly love it and take great pride in what we do here.

On behalf of all the team here at the Locke, “Thank You”.
Warm regards,

Ann O’Shea
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Having a fabulous meal in a church, not to be missed!!”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

From the minute my boyfriend and I arrived it was perfect. The owner's son took us to our table, his mother served us and took our order and the father takes care of the drinks...and then the food arrived. Delicious and so tasty. I honestly couldn't fault it. Lovely family run business. Can wait to go back.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Katd1207
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Katd1207, all I can say is Thank You.

I am over the moon that you enjoyed your evening with us so much at The Locke. As a family run business, we take huge pride in what we do and as a family, we each have a role to play in the restaurant so its great that you got to interact with us all.

But, its the fact that you enjoyed the food so much that means the most to us all here because its the excellent food that is produced by our kitchen that make the Locke what it is, our service is only there to compliment that.

I very much hope to welcome you back to The Locke again soon.
Warm regards,

Ann “Mammy” O’Shea
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fine dinning at affordable prices”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

This is just one of the nicest resturants we have tried, everything fom the food to the staff and atmosphere was excellent, great music and a lovely choice on the menu, we both had the hake and it was cooked to perfection.
When we are back in Athlone this will be our first stop for an evening out, and we will definitely recommend it to our friends.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank EdithP342
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Dear EdithP342,

Thank you for such a complimentary review, I am delighted that you enjoyed your evening with us so much at The Locke.

I am so pleased that all the aspects of our business were in harmony for you when you dined, from the food, cooked by our brilliant chef to our service to the atmosphere and music and the fact that you found us to be such great value is even nicer.

I very much hope that next time you are down from Belfast, you will call again.

Kind regards,

Ann O’Shea
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fantastic restaurant”
Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Our third visit to the Locke. Still the best restaurant. Pork belly to die for. Also the cod unbelievable. Starters and deserts are fantastic. Fine dining at such an affordable price. Early bird mean great value. Staff are all so professional and welcoming. Can't wait to visit again
D&t. Dublin.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Dolores M
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Dolores M, your business is so appreciated.

Thank you so much for coming to visit us again and I am so delighted that our restaurant is always consistent and maintains its standards because from our brilliant chef, to our excellent team on the floor, this is what we aim for everyday and its so nice when it comes across. But its the fact that you find us to be such good value is the best compliment of all.

We started as strangers, we became acquaintances but we are now friends.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thank you as always,

Ann “Mammy” O’Shea
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