We spent a couple of days in Clifden recently, a place we know well over the years and popped in to EJ's a couple of times. The first occasion was late and brief and it was quiet nothing much to report the beer (pint of Heineken) was reasonable and was actually the best of all the bars I was to visit after. I actually spoke to the Manager/Boss at the bar to enquire about a German beer I saw outside to see if they had one and he was very pleasant and chatty and explained he had a few others too which was great. The next evening we visited again and it was not too busy but we got a seat and I asked for a Coors light and a bottle of Erdinger. Firstly I was given a small glass of about 33cl to pour a 50cl bottle of hefe beer into, I saw another customer actually drinking the same with the same glass. I explained to the girl and asked for a large glass as you need to pour the whole contents into a glass together as anyone who drinks a "hefe" beer would know, no staff training there! The best was yet to come, as I sat down and looked at my change, I thought this can't be right.... €11.70. I went to the bar and asked the barman, how much is an Erdinger? He looked at me strangely first and then said, "eh, I think it 5.95 or 6.95". I asked, well which is it? He said 6.95 and nothing else, he couldn't have cared less. I could not believe it. I was in Dublin recently and paid €5.25, a pint on draught in Waterford city is €5. I can only say that it is a joke to ask Irish people to pay that kind of money and to have such a dismissive attitude. It upsets me greatly to say it but this was very bad and spoiled an otherwise good trip to a place we love to visit. Clifden has always been such a haven of good service, people and food and this was so out of character, I guess the staff need a good talking to and explain that your business depends on people coming back. I won't be in a rush. We were going to eat dinner there that evening but left at that point.
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