On our journey back from Sligo to Dublin one Sunday evening we stopped at The Roadhouse for a bite to eat. I had recalled visiting it some years previously but couldn't remember the experience. It was about 7:30 and the place was empty except for a few customers in the side room which was hidden behind a curtain and was possibly a bar area. I think that the restaurant side of it closed at 8:00 so maybe that accounted for the lack of customers.
We had originally intended to have a full dinner but there was something about the ambiance of the place, the decor, the lack of customers, the temperature (cool bordering on cold) and the menu that made us change our minds and settle for toasted sandwiches (cheese/onion and cheese/tomato) with tea. You can't go much wrong with a simple toasted sandwich, right? They arrived fairly quickly but were somewhat disappointing. Very little attempt had been made at presentation - they were two halves of pan loaf, reasonably well toasted, placed on a plate with a few crisps. Each had a smattering of cheese and managed to deliver very little in the way of taste - it certainly seemed that no seasoning had been applied by the chef. On the plus side, the tea was good and plentiful. The bill for this meager meal was €13,90 - an expensive €4.90 for each sandwich! I certainly wouldn't mind paying that amount for a good toasted sandwich but these were far from good.
On another positive note the staff were pleasant and efficient but overall the place could be so much better.
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