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“Exceptional food and a wonderful location” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Locke Restaurant

The Locke Restaurant
The Docks | St Peters Port, Athlone 0000, Ireland
+353 90 649 4517
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Ranked #1 of 76 Restaurants in Athlone
Price range: $18 - $43
Cuisines: Dessert, Irish, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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, Seamus Jordan 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.
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
“Exceptional food and a wonderful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Had dinner here last Saturday as we were staying in athlone for the weekend
The food was amazing and the staff were great
A family run restaurant and we met the family when we went downstairs for a drink after our meal
We had the duck and it the best duck meal that we have ever had
We would definitely go back here if we are ever in athlone again

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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Irishgal010,

Thank you ever so much for taking the time to post your wonderful comments about your experience with us here at The Locke Restaurant. It so great to know that you found us to be such good value and that you found the athmosphere and food so good, thats what we always aim for. Its also good to know that our proximity to the hub of Athlone's social district was a bonous.

I have passed on your comments to the team and they all say a humble, Thank You!
I hope that the next time you are in Athlone, you will call again.

Warmest thanks,

Ann O'Shea
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Galway, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food in wonderful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

We ate in The Locke on 11th Jan. We had the 2 course Early Bird, wine and one coffee for just over €70. It was delicious from start to finish. We had intended to have the 3 courses but were so stuffed, we couldn't even consider dessert. The food was fantastic, generous portions & beautifully presented; we both cleared our plates. Very friendly staff, wonderful atmosphere, and close to some of the best bars in town! We will definitely eat here the next time we're in the area.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
Irishgal010, thank you!

Your lovely review has put smiles on all our faces here at The Locke Restaurant. I am delighted that from the food to the athmosphere to the service, you found us to be so good and such good value, that is very much what we aim for so thank you for the positive comments.

Its also great to know that you found our proximity to Athlone's nightlife to be a bonous.
I very much hope that next time you are in the area, you will call again.

Warmest thanks,

Ann O'Shea
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“New Year's Eve Booking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Was staying in Athlone for New Year and made booking for six people (in Sept). We were greeted warmly when we arrived by Gavin. Our table wasn't ready but we ordered some drinks and then was seated within 15 mins. The menu on the night was a set menu (which I had overlooked) but the restaurant was very accommodating in allowing us to order only what we wanted from the menu and only charging us for that which I appreciated. Our waitress was excellent on the night despite her saying it was her first night! My only small gripe and it's only a small one I might add is that despite me making booking in Sept, we were seated near the men's toilets!! A lot of traffic on the night. There was some larger groups than us and I could only assume that there was nowhere else to put us? Despite this, the attention by Gavin and our lovely waitress helped us to overlook this. Hope to give it another try when next in Athlone and maybe be seated elsewhere in order to enjoy the lovely surroundings....

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
FussyTraveller55, thank you so much for spending New Years with us here at The Locke. It was our pleasure to host you.

I am delighted that you enjoyed your evening with us so much and Gavin is so happy to have been able to accommodate your needs with the menu. Louise is red faced here with your lovely compliments about her and the chefs are very grateful for your feedback on the food.

I hope you did enjoy the ambiance of our gorgeous stain glass window beside your table on the night and i am very sorry that your proximity to the toilet took a little away from the night but it is so nice to know that Gavin and Louise could make it feel special.

We would be delighted to have you come dine with us again and we look forward to that day.
Happy 2014 from all of us here at The Locke.

Warmest thanks,

Ann O'Shea
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Jewel in the crown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Visited Galway recently for a short break and were disappointed in the general standard of restaurants in the area. Arrived late afternoon/early evening in Athlone looking for a restaurant and happened upon The Locke. What a relevation! The personal attention to detail by the charming owners was matched only by the exceptional quality of the food (and some decent Malbec to wash it down) we had. The meal was up with anything we have had anywhere in the world. This really is a lovely place to dine and the surroundings are so atmospheric.If you are in the area miss The Locke at your peril! We will go back again next time we are in the area and can't recommend the restaurant enough. Well done.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
TheNorBanker, words cannot convey my thanks to you for your review.

It is unbelievable to be so complimented and for our hard work to be so recognized, it was our pleasure to host you here at our gorgeous restaurant.
I am so overwhelmed that from the food to the service to the ambiance to the wine, it all came together to give you such a wonderful experience with us here.

Our excellent chefs are blown away by the comment that our humble restaurant could be as good as anywhere in the world.

From all of us here at the Locke.. a 1000 thank you's.

Warm regards,

Ann "Mammy" O'Shea
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“Excellent Ambience and Excellent Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We had a wonderful experience; we booked for somewhere different and weren't disappointed. The restaurant itself was beautiful, we were brought up this lovely staircase to our table, the staff were so friendly and recommended lovely tasty dishes. We had the soup and the quail for starters and salmon and pheasant for the main, and we thoroughly enjoyed them. They say time flys when you're having fun and it flew for us. Highly recommend The Locke!!!

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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Dear Siobhán C,

Our chefs are on cloud nine after reading your fabulous review. We take huge pride in what we do here at the Locke and it means so much when that comes across in our service and food.

I am so happy that you went with our recommendations on the night and that they were so tasty. It was our pleasure to have you both dine with us.

Thank you ever so much for the recommendation, we hope that you will call again very soon.

Regards,

Ann O'Shea
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