I used to enjoy pints of stout in this pub thirty years ago as a young man, so I did not know what to expect on my return. Would it be the cosy, unspoiled hostelry I remembered, or would it have been remodelled into some modern monstrosity with televised football blaring down on me from huge screens like so many bars these days? I need not have worried. The place was full of happy, laughing, chatting, eating and drinking people with no need of televised "entertainment".The staff are incredibly good, actually appearing to enjoy their work as they dashed about the warren of booths and alcoves. I had been looking forward to my first pint of Guinness in Ireland for a third of a century, and when it came it did not disappoint, nor did it's backup's that followed shortly after. I ate burger and chips. Sounds ordinary doesn't it? It wasn't! It was the best meal I have had in ages: perfect fat brown chips alongside a monumental burger done simply with caramelised onions. The bosses of those horrible fast food chains could learn how good this dish can be when done with taste, and not profit in mind. I have just bought a house some twenty miles away and cannot wait for my next visit.
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