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The Locke Gastro Pub

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The Locke Gastro Pub
Richard Costello Jnr.
3 George's Quay, Limerick City,
Co.Limerick

Telephone: +353 (0)61 413 733
Email: locke@eircom.net
Web: lockebar.com

Between culture and cuisine, visitors to Limerick are spoiled for choice these days, with a fantastic array of restaurants, cafes and pubs to draw in diners of all ages and gastr...

The Locke Gastro Pub
  • The Locke Gastro Pub
  • The Locke Gastro Pub
  • The Locke Gastro Pub
  • The Locke Gastro Pub

How to get there

On George's Quay, near Barrington's Hospital.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
10am - 10pm
Cuisine:
Irish - Seafood
A La Carte:
Mains €10 - €25
Sunday Lunch:
2 Courses €10
Mains + Dessert
Children’s Menu:
Yes
Number of Covers:
100+
Wheelchair Facilities:
Yes
Credit Cards:
Yes
Private Dining Facilities:
No
Wifi:
Yes

About The Restaurant

Between culture and cuisine, visitors to Limerick are spoiled for choice these days, with a fantastic array of restaurants, cafes and pubs to draw in diners of all ages and gastronomic desires.

Whilst visiting the 2014 City of Culture, I stopped for a bite at The Locke Gastro Pub on George’s Quay. The Locke itself could be considered part of the city’s culture, being situated on the site of one of Limericks oldest pubs dating back to 1724 and standing alongside monuments such as St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and The Hunt Museum. The interior of the pub is warm and inviting with a polished wood finish, enhanced by the glow of an open fire. The Locke has won numerous awards, such as Ireland’s Best Tourist Bar, Limerick’s Best Gastro Pub, Black and White Pub of The Year, Dining Pub of The Year and lots more, by serving the kind of unpretentious food that everyone loves; but doing it really well.

They had a great range of starters on my visit, like Ballycotton seafood chowder with homemade soda bread, Dingle Bay crab claws with garlic and Chardonnay cream, as well as a pear and Cashel Blue cheese salad with candied walnuts and French dressing. Castletownbere organic mussels a la marniere was tempting, whilst Roaring Water Bay oysters were with sherry vinaigrette and homemade soda bread sounded delicious also. I decided to try their Burren Oak smoked salmon, which came with chive cream cheese, red onion and a caper salad, all of the pairings which I love.  My partner-in-dine, Mary, went for the gambas pil pil, a dish of sizzling prawns in garlic, chilli, olive oil and served with crusty bread. I’m told it was fab!

Looking to the mains, there were offerings like a Bantry Irish lamb stew with root vegetables and creamed potato, cornfed escalope of chicken with colcannon potato and a mushroom and chorizo cream, and also an 8oz classic cheese burger on a brioche bun, with Gubbeen cheese, Locke’s burger sauce and fries. O’Hara’s ale battered market fish and chips with a mint pea puree and homemade tartar sauce tempted, as did their famous seafood platter. However, in the end, I decided to try their “sensational seafood pie” which more than lived up to its name with delicious chunks of fresh fish and a creamy Parmesan mash topping; beautifully prepared and so full of flavour. Mary decided to try the spinach and ricotta ravioli with truffle cream, aged Parmesan and wild rocket, which she also loved and finished rather promptly.

For dessert, there were choices like an Eton mess of crushed meringue, red berries and vanilla cream; banoffee pie with honeycomb and caramel sauce; as well as their cheesecake of the day with vanilla gelato and butterscotch sauce. We thought about splitting a dessert, but couldn’t decide between an apple crumble tartlet with vanilla gelato and butterscotch sauce or the sticky toffee pudding with hazelnut gelato. So we ordered both and were delighted with ourselves as we polished off our tasty treats.

When in Limerick, look for The Locke. You will be assured of great food.
 

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