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“wonderful food”
Review of The Locke Restaurant - CLOSED

The Locke Restaurant
Price range: $18 - $42
Cuisines: Irish, Seafood, Wine Bar
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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.
Reviewed August 7, 2013

This restaurant is a renovated presbyterian church and retains the wonderful stained glass windows and interior decor. The food is beautifully cooked and presented, and also very good value. Highly recommend a visit

1  Thank PhilDub2013
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

PhilDub2013, your review has put a smile on all our faces here at The Locke Restaurant.

We work very hard here to make sure that the church retains its classic charm and ambiance as a church. And we strive to make sure that our service and food match up to the quality of the venue that we are so lucky to have.

It means alot to us when this is appreciated so thank you very much.
I very much hope that next time yoy are passing from Dublin, you will call again.

Kindest regards,

Ann O'Shea

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Second time out, this restaurant again delivered the goods! Four of us dined there tonight (a celebratory meal) and were fortunate to have the window table upstairs, which is a loving setting. Main courses were superb, desserts average, but the courtesy and enthusiasm of the staff stood out. The place was almost full - at 7pm on a Tuesday night. That says a lot ... We will be back.

1  Thank seanfromgalway
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Seanfromgalway, a cara, thank you again.

I am so happy that you could come and spend your birthday dinner with us and you enjoyed it so much. How could we not give such a an important occasion the best table in the house.

We are very enthusiastic about our wonderful restaurant and try to ensure that everyone has a pleasant evening with us. Most of all, however, i am over the moon that the standard was as good as the last time you came to visit us - that is very important to us.

I hope you and the family will come and visit us again very soon.

Kind regards,

Ann "Mammy" O'Shea

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I dined here on Sunday evening with my family.

The restaurant is in an old church which overlooks the river shannon and has a lovely ambiance.

All staff were very friendly and courteous with the owner manager constantly going back and forth through the two storey dining room checking all was ok even though it was very busy.

There was an all day early bird offer which was very reasonable - I had the chowder, sirloin steak & ice cream for dessert while my companions both had the Lamb shank - all were cooked to perfection.

Portion sizes were good and you just got the impression that it was something they loved doing.

I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Athlone

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Thank Niall C
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Niallconn, all I can say is a huge "Thank You".

We do genuinely love what we do and we do love our gorgeous old church, so it is so nice when people pick up on it. we certainly stay fit here with all our stair cases but that adds to the charm of our building.

Seamus Jordan, our wonderful chef and his team are trilled that you found the food to be so good and cooked so well.

Most of all, we are delighted that you are happy to recommend us, that means the most.

Warmest thanks,

Ann "Mammy" O'Shea

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This place is a gem. The day we visited was sweltering, but we decided to sit inside (could have had a table by the river) because of the wonderful unique interior of the old Church. The food was really good and the host was charming. Well worth a visit. Book in advance.

Thank hedge81
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Dear hedge81, thank you so so much for taking the time to review our wonderful restaurant.

Your headline has put such a smile on our brilliant team of chef's faces.
I am so happy you were so captivated by the interior and our staff and that the food matched up. we take such great pride in what we do so it means alot to us when it comes across.

I hope next time you are over from London, you will call again.

Kind regards,

Ann O'Shea

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The food was solid and good quality fish and the wine was very drinkable. The portions were large so no starter was necessary. The service was good, the staff were happy to have your custom, and we had a lovely table beside the stained glass window.

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Thank Irskaisland
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Irskaisland, thank you so much for giving us your feedback.

I am delighted that you had such a pleasant evening with us at The Locke Restaurant. I am so happy that you found our staff so friendly and helpful and the food to be of such a good standard.

I am also so happy that you got to enjoy the ambiance of the tables up by our stunning stain glass window.

I very much hope that next time you are in Ireland, you will call again.

Kind regards,

Ann O'Shea

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