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“Large group - very well fed and taken care of” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Locke Restaurant - CLOSED

The Locke Restaurant
Price range: $16 - $38
Cuisines: European, Irish, Seafood, Mediterranean, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Ireland
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Large group - very well fed and taken care of”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

Okay, so I was with a hen party, but the great thing about this place is they can cater for groups so that we weren't annoying any other diners, even though we weren't rowdy. We had a 3 course special menu for EUR25 and the food was fabulous. I especially loved my main course of salmon on a bed of risotto which was a fantastic accompaniment to the salmon, really tasty. In fact I would love the recipe!!!!! Would highly recommend the restaurant and love to go back again in a non group setting. The décor is very nicely done too as the building is historic and they have done it up tastefully.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RealReview
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Dear Real Review,

It was our complete pleasure to host you and the girls for the Hen Party, you were all great craic. We are delighted to offer our Private Dining Room in The Locke for parties, events and hen parties. It means you are able to relax, have fun and not feel like you are intruding on other people.

Its also great to know that you found our Group Menu to be such good value, that's what we are aiming for. You are welcome to come back any time for the recipe for the risotto or just come and eat it here again.

Thank you ever so much for the recommendation, it really means alot to us.
Kind regards,

Ann "Mammy" O'Shea
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English first
Wittenberg, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Outstanding Menu, Food, Service and Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our culinary experience in all four of the categories listed in the title of the review. We had the unexpected side benefit of meeting/chatting with a fellow American on holiday at a near-by table. The atmosphere of the restaurant enhanced the experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank James M
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Dear Jim M,

Thank you for coming to dine with us during your trip to Ireland, it was our plasure to host you and your wife for dinner.
As we always say in Ireland, its a small world so you never know who you might meet, I am so happy you met a fellow american during your evening with us.

Our enchanting church is not just a building, its part of our team here at The Locke and we are very proud of it.

I hope you and your good wife will come and dine with us again during your next trip to Ireland.

With thanks,

Ann O'Shea
www.thelockerestaurant.com
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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357 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Friendly, pleasant staff and excellent fare”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Booked for 4, but turned up with 6. Changing the table was no problem. Staff were pleasant and friendly throughout, telling us the history of the building back to 1690.

Food was very good, and well presented. Service was faultless. Atmosphere was good, despite it being early evening.

Haven't been to this restaurant since it was called The Chateau, but will be back, when next in Athlone.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MadDocNI
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Dear Maddocni,

It was our pleasure to host you and your group. I really hope you were all winners in the bridge tournament. I am delighted that you enjoyed your meal with us and that we were able to accommodate you and your friends. I have passed on your lovely compliments to our wonderful Head Chef and his team.

Now that you know who were at, I hope you will come and see us again.
Warmest thanks,

Ann O'Shea
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great restaurant, best place in athlone for food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

Went for dinner in the locke a couple of weeks ago, have to say was one of the best restaurants that i have been to the food was amazing and the value was great for the quality and the service was great, the atmosphere was so relaxed and calm, will definitely be going back for a meal, best spot in town.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank shauna15
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Shauna15, wow, thank you so much for the wonderful review.

Seamus Jordan, our excellent Head Chef, and his team are on cloud nine after reading your feedback, they haven't stopped smiling. As a team, we all work very hard at making the Locke special and doing justice to our enchanting church so it means ever so much to us to get such lovely comments.

Thank you for making our day.
With regards,

Ann O'Shea
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Myerstown, PA
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178 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“YOU MUST EAT HERE!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

My wife and I believe in serendipity. We stayed at the Prince of Wales hotel and walked to the old town for supper. We found a couple places but nothing "called" to us. By chance we saw a small sign advertising the Locke. We started wandering by the water and found it, a converted church right on the river. We looked over the outside menu and found a couple things of interest but still weren't sure. Then Gavin happened to walk out and he invited us in for supper. After a short conversation with Gavin we realized serendipity was in play so we went in.

The place is beautiful inside and the atmosphere is wonderful, even romantic. The first thing Gavin informed us was that what we wanted on the menu was not available! :o( Instead he recommended the ox-cheek and went on to describe how it was made and how is would be served. We gave serendipity full rein and were we glad we did! :o)

Our meal and experience at the Locke were the best we had the whole time we were in Ireland! In fact it's one of the best meals we've EVER had, period! The food was unbelievably delicious. The staff was really friendly. Gavin was super (we talked with him at length after the meal). And as a topper, it was an "early bird special"! If this place was close to us in Pennsylvania we would be regulars!

If you're anywhere near Athlone you really must stop at the Locke. And please say HI to Gavin for us.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Gary H
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Ann O, Owner at The Locke Restaurant, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Gary H, WOW WOW WOW, is all i can say.

Thank you doesn't even do justice to such a splendid review. Gavin is so red faced from your feedback, he has never had such lovely comments said about him. I don't think he will ever stop smiling from it.

I am at a loss for words to convey our feelings from your review, it is amazing to know we made you feel so welcome and that you enjoyed your evening with us so much.

From our team of chefs to our wonderful floor staff, we all say a 1000 thank you's. We all hope that if you are ever visiting Ireland again, will be be on your list of places to visit because it would be our honor to have you back.

Warmest thanks,

Ann O'Shea
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