We ate at the Locke on the basis of the trip advisor reviews and weren't disappointed.
The building is stunning a really tasteful and original church conversion, that avoids twee and artificial history.
Our host Gavin was exactly what you come to Ireland for, charming, warm and happy to talk all night but also tactful and never 'mine host' as you sometimes get in the UK
The food was both great and great value, starter of seafood chowder was perfectly sized for a starter and so full of fish there was hardly any room for the liquid and the Guiness and herb bread a different treat.
We both had sea trout for a main and the quality was superb a generous serving of both fish and vegetables along with a caper sauce that pulled it all together, an underrated fish really brought to life.
Desserts were similarly superb my wife had a simple and light pavlova and I had a really lovely rhubarb crumble, I'm fussy on crumble and this was a good one.
Meal for two people - one starter, two mains, two desserts and one (very large) Irish coffee came to an exceptionally good value 60euro, obviously skipping wine (it's been a long day) kept the cost down - but we'd still count that as probably the best value meal we've ever had in Ireland.
If you're ever around Athlone, you really should make a point of visiting - we lucked out without a reservation - but if you have to wait it'll be worth it
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September 5, 2013
Hi Peter l and thank you so much!
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Gavin still hasnt come down from the clouds after your compliment!!
He is very appreciative of your lovely comments as we all are after your wonderful review. It means so much that you enjoyed your experience so much with us at The Locke.
As a restaurant that specializes in fresh sea food, it is always delightful to know that it is so tasty and well cooked by our brilliant team of chefs.
Most of all, its so nice to know that our gorgeous, enchanting church is a lovely compliment to our service and food. We very much hope you will come be our guest again in the future.
Ann O'Shea and the O'Shea Family
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