Lord TSC wrote: »
Hit up the Fisherman’s Catch chip van today, out in clogherhead. Mainly after reading constant recommendations for the place on here.
God, it was awesome. €10 for two lovely, perfectly cooked pieces of fish and a fair decent serving of chips. (€6 for a half size portion). Took it off to a nearby picnic table overlooking the port. Really quaint and a really nice afternoon out. Can absolutely understand the hype people have given it on here.
(I’ll ignore the sewage truck that was parked outside and absolutely stunk. I get that isn’t their fault but I’ll want to go again when I’m not being gassed out of it, lol).
I went down expecting it to be a basic chipper level of battered fish but it was perfectly cooked. I’d have been thrilled if I got such a nice piece of fish in a “proper” restaurant.
Ice cream from the Porthole desert place next door were nice too. A perfect day out and only wish I’d tried it out earlier in the pandemic.
furiousox wrote: »
I’ll put the scatterbrain service down to lack of training & poor leadership but no way will I be eating there ever again.
Scotty # wrote: »
I don't know the place but are you being a bit harsh? Many establishments are trying outdoor dining for the first time and may have changed menu's and certainly table layouts to suit. I'd be surprized if staff are not a bit 'dizzy' for the first week or two.
furiousox wrote: »
Perhaps, but looking at the online reviews this isn't a recent issue for them, plenty of complaints about haphazard service going back a year or two.
I have to say the rib-eye was very tasty so I might give Goodwins steak house a try next time.
Enfilade wrote: »
What's the story with Donegan's? Cycled passed it yesterday and it was locked up tight and maybe some work going on?.
Meanwhile up the road at the Valley Inn they had 3 different areas for outdoor dining. One at the front, roadside and 2 marquees at the side. Looked to be at capacity too. Which was great to see.
PGE1970 wrote: »
Booked out all day Sunday; no walk-ins!
barney shamrock wrote: »
Looks like things haven't improved much in the hops.
I was talking to someone who was there today for lunch there were only 4 tables occupied and every one of them had problems with food or service.
Wrong food orders going to the wrong tables.
one person got their food 40 mins after everyone else at the table.
Someone had to ask for the bill FOUR TIMES!
They said " if you don't bring the bill in the next 5 mins we're leaving!" :-0
Looks like a job for Gordon Ramsey to sort out.
The positive reviews on Tripadvisor must be from those who were able to leave without paying! 😂
A few folk here (myself included) have mentioned the Valley Inn, and their ongoing great service and food.
If you're interested, they are now open for breakfast 7 days a week (9.30 am Mon-Sat, 10am Sun). Booking is advised, but they will accommodate walk-ins if they can (Sundays can be iffy as they need to get organised for Sunday lunch).
Breakfast is tasty and plentiful - full brekky including Tea/Coffee/Toast for a tenner can't be bad!
Love the look of the valley inn Breakfast just wish they would do pancakes for the kids and we would be there. Had dinner in it on Tuesday,was fast,tasty and wasn't too busy.
Has anyone eaten at donegans since it reopened? Find the valley Inn great too
I passed it twice on my way to the fairways for my second jab today. The hording from what ever work was going on a month ago was gone and there were a few cars there but from what little I could see there was no obvious outdoor dining area. Made me wonder are they actually open? Haven't heard to it or from it really.
EDIT: Looking at their facebook page seems they've been open 2 weeks now with a similar set up to the Valley Inn out the back.
My husband brought two of our kids in the day the reopened. Said the service was terrible. It wasn't busy when they arrived and the kids were happy enough. Then he noticed that a couple of tables who'd arrived after him were getting their food & they still hadn't had their drinks. He couldn't get any staff attention. He said it was just getting to the point of him up and leaving when they arrived with the food. No apologies for the wait etc. He won't be rushing back.
In comparison, we went to the Valley last Saturday for breakfast, seated straight away with menus. Service very efficient, orders taken & food brought out in no time. Plenty of tea and coffee and juice for the kids, everyone happy. Just as another poster said, pancakes would be a nice addition to the menu
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