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Review of Drift Inn

Drift Inn
Ranked #2 of 28 Restaurants in Buncrana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$37
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Drift Inn bar and restaurant Buncrana is one like no other, set against the windswept banks of the Lough Swilly it stands out as a main vocal point on entrance to the town. The Drift Inn has a history which many will agree compares to no other bars in Buncrana, once a functioning railway station up until the mid 1900's it has kept this theme very close to the heart of the bar with original railway timetables still to be seen on the walls of the premises and the water tower once used to fill steam trains standing tall at the rear of the premises. The drift Inn also has a strong connection with the sea as our name would suggest, the connection is carried through the bar and restaurant with our boat shaped bar the "St.Jude" standing strong over these many years having many drinks crossing her deck. The has a wide variety of areas for each patron to enjoy a drink or a bit to eat, the more relaxed harness room is an old favourite of many patrons with the open fire always blazing, the main bar boasts an open brick fire which ha been know the burn full trees in one day (depending on the staff working), then we have the more private "wee room" with a piano incase anyone is feeling musical after a few stout (which many think is the best pint of stout in the town). There is also two tv's which play all major sporting events and can be split between two to meet everybodys needs.
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Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Food was gorgeous , well priced and a deadly pint of guiness just a pity I live so far away.. But I'll be back 5 stars

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Conor C
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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“great pint of guinness”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Stopped of at The Drift Inn for a pint of guinness. Truly the best pint in Donegal. Reasonable prices and sandwiches are great as well

Visited April 2014
Thank annwillson
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Donegal, Donegal, Ireland
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Lovely Food and Atmosphere”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Visited this gastro pub for the first time as we were attending a wedding in the area. Lovely atmosphere and lots of little tables and corners to sit and enjoy excellent food and drink and chat to friends. I had the smoked haddock and leek chowder with Guinness bread and it was delicious, my hubby had the cheeseburger and said it was the best he has ever eaten. Hope to visit again and make a night of it as this was a really good place.

Visited May 2014
Thank SRM911
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Buncrana, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Absolutely wonderful”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

A birthday to remember - 7 adults, 5 kids, 4 birthdays all expertly looked after. The food was amazing, the atmosphere and service second to none which made this Grandad's birthday extra special. Gary and his staff were all brilliant and I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We chose the Drift for this special occasion as we have never had a bad meal here. 12 empty plates! can't do better than that.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Les E
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2014

I had a very pleasant dinning experience at The Drift. Lovely food, but in particular the waitress was brilliant (short blonde hair and glasses), and very professional. She listed all the specials and tended to all our needs.

A much better experience than the Red Door.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Barry S
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