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“Highs + Lows = Distinctly average !”
Review of The Thatch

The Thatch
Ranked #4 of 25 Restaurants in Birr
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
South East England, United Kingdom
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471 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
“Highs + Lows = Distinctly average !”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

We were expecting much from our visit to this apparently well-reputed eatery. The building itself certainly has a lot of character despite it being situated on the side of a road, without views and its own grounds and in the middle of a housing area. The dining room was pretty full when we entered at 7.30pm but it was surprisingly dead ( bar a couple on an adjacent table ) by 8.15pm. The menu is tempting ; the staff really friendly and efficient. And so to the food.... The seafood chowder was excellent ; rich and full of delicious ingredients. The fruit platter was fresh and colourful. The tempura prawns were tasteless however and the accompanying salad had seemingly been lying around for quite a time ! The pate was inedible - uniquely horrid and tasted of stale fat which the chef duly apologised for. Onto the Mains... The chicken breast with sauce was again excellent, the salmon really tasty ( and a very large portion ) but the fillet mignons were disappointingly 'just OK' - not at all succulent and not at all comparable to some of the fantastic cuts of meat that we've indulged in other restaurants. The apple pie ( deep and full of fruit ) was gorgeous and the rice pudding ( with a home-made raspberry coulis and creamy ice-cream ! ) very good ! This restaurant needs to 'stop' and reassess where it's at and critically where it's heading ! It has potential...but appears to be uncertain of its true identity. Does it aspire to be a destination, higher end dining experience or a relatively cheap & cheerful restaurant for locals who want to save themselves the hassle of cooking on a weekend night ? Some fundamental aspects of its set-up are seriously letting it down and without corrective action will be the cause of ultimate ( and regrettable ) decline.

  • Visited April 2014
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ireland
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119 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Have eaten here a lot.good food great portions.The staff are always good.
Always a specials board .Sunday lunch is a must.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank magnumsue
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Roscrea, Ireland
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“One of the best in Offaly”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

The food at this restaurant is excellent and the staff friendly enjoy a meal there anytime. always first class.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank anne150262
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offaly
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

We went for early bird ,great food good service . I like the bar area lovely fire old dressers a touch of grannys old house about it .Lovely staff warm and friendly .Better to make a reservation . A bit outside birr lovely quite area.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank brosna11
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Dublin, Ireland
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice relaxed dining”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

Dine here quite regularly - always great food - very reasonable - great drinks and atmosphere - very helpful and attentive staff.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Barfly0358
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