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Review of The Locke Restaurant - CLOSED

The Locke Restaurant
Price range: $18 - $41
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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 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
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“t&d”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Best restaurant ever been in. Hospitality, friendliness, excellent food and wine.
Very reasonably priced. Gavin and Ann made us so welcome. Definitely be back.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Dolores M
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Dolores M, all I can say is WOW.

Gavin and I are blown away by your review and compliments. We are so happy that we impressed you so much. You have humbled us.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to The Locke Restaurant again very soon.

Warmest regards and thanks,

Ann and Gavin
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Dunboyne, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent all-round”
Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

We went here for an evening meal - four adults 19-49. The building and decor itself is fabulous. Based in an old church, the atmosphere is dramatic, but not overly so.

The menu itself is very interesting and appealing, but accessible. We each had starters, with the rabbit and black pudding being the most impressive. Each of our main courses were cooked to perfection, with just enough to satisfy, but not too much. Desserts were delicious, and a perfect way to end the meal.

Our waiter for the evening was one of the owning family members, and made us feel really welcome. We were really well taken care of, and never had to ask for anything extra.

The bill was reasonable enough for such a delicious meal.

This restaurant was amazing, and we're already planning our next visit.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Susan M
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Susan M, thank you so so much for the captivating review.

We are so elated that you and your family enjoyed your dinner with us so much. Gavin is especially delighted that you were so happy with his service of your table on the night, that means alot to him.

The chefs all say a huge thank you to you for your feedback on the food on the night and they are trilled you and your family enjoyed the food so much.

From our family to yours, we look forward to having you back in the restaurant again very soon.

Ann "Mammy" O'Shea
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Fareham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
257 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Loved the food and the care and attention staff took”
Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Had fantastic meal of delicious chowder followed by double cooked pork belly. But the place was great in terms of decor and ambience.
What made it for me was the care of the staff.
Great spot!
Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Bill_Fareham
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Dear Bill_Fareham, thank you every so much, genuinely.

We are so complimented that we could impress you so much with our food, service combined with the ambiance of our gorgeous 150 year old church.

But most of all, we are ever so complimented by your lovely comments about our service. It means alot.

Thank you,

Ann O'Shea
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Stuttgart, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Dinner at an unusual place”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

On our first day of arrival in Athlone we chose the Locke Restaurant for dinner. Since we came before 7PM we enjoyed an early bird two course menu. The goat cheese was a great starter and the Irish steak for the main course was excellent and medium as ordered. We very much appreciated the service of the house. We were seated at a nice and quiet place in the first floor. The waitress and her colleague did everything that we could pay with our international credit cards. We will return.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Frank S
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, July 5, 2013
Dear Frank S,

We are delighted that you enjoyed your dinner at our unusual place.
I am so ecstatic that you and your colleague enjoyed your dinner with us so much. We strive to give people an experience they will remember and it means alot to us when we do.

The chefs are very complimented that you enjoyed the food and the service staff are so happy that you found them to be so friendly.

Kind regards,

Ann
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Gtr Manchester
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We came upon this restaurant whilst walking around Athlone and decided to go for the early bird menu We had not had any recommendations so just went on the look of the place and the menu we saw outside

It was very quiet when we went in even though it was the start of a bank holiday week end There was just the two of us in fact so we thought maybe we had made the wrong choice However the food was very good as was the service and good value as well Plus more people came in so the ambiance was better

Nice to see others have given good reports confirming our thoughts

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank KnightWigan
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear KnightWigan,
We are delighted that you were surprised when you came to dine with us recently and that you enjoyed your meal with us so much. Our gorgeous 150 year old church is very captivating from the outside and we are so happy that our food and service compliment our building.

We take great pride in our service and food and it is so lovely when that comes across. We hope that next time you are in Athlone you will come to us on purpose rather than by accident.
Thank you for the recommendation, it really means a lot to us.

Warmest regards,
Ann O’Shea
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