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Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant

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3 euro Pub with good food and atmosphere Serious About Seafood The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant
Rockmarshall, Jenkinstown , Dundalk Co Louth
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Tel: +353 42 937 6193

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Masses of well-maintained flowers and a neat frontage with fresh paintwork always draw attention to Danny and Dympna Fitzpatrick’s attractive and well-run bar and restaurant
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Mountain Biking nearby
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Banqueting
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Children's Playground
  • Conference Venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Location - Beach <1km
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Smoking Area Heated
  • Smoking Area Seated
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Bistro
  • Contemporary Irish
  • European Classic
  • Seafood
  • Traditional Irish
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Business Meal
  • Character Pub
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Informal
  • MSG Free
  • Music - Trad
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Party Venue
  • Pub Grub
  • Sunday Dining
  • Traditional Pub
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Vegetarian Menu

Fitzpatrick's Bar & Restaurant

Masses of well-maintained flowers and a neat frontage with fresh paintwork always draw attention to Danny and Dympna Fitzpatrick’s attractive and well-run bar and restaurant on the Carlingford road (R174).


There’s plenty of parking and the agricultural memorabilia all around the entrance will prepare first time visitors for the old-world ambience inside, where there’s a series of bar/dining rooms, all full of character and laden with rural artefacts and pictures of local interest.


Their system is well organised for informal but comfortable dining and, following a prompt welcome from friendly staff at the reception desk (with a range of homemade products cannily displayed nearby, to hold your attention in case of delay on arrival or when paying), guests with reservations are generally whisked off to their table right away.


Predictably enough, given the surroundings, what’s on offer is traditional home-cooked food (sometimes with a modern twist, notably on evening menus), although the wide range offered may come as a surprise.


Well-balanced menus always include a good selection of fresh local seafood – in summer the set dinner might include a starter of chilli & garlic prawns (with steamed rice, white wine & cream, coriander & basil) and a main course fillet of hake with shrimp, peas, fine herbs & seafood velouté.


Delicious informal meals from the extensive bar/bistro menu also offer a lot of fish and seafood, including proper scampi, made with fresh Dublin Bay prawns (langoustines), dipped in beer batter and server with traditional tartare sauce, plus an equally impressive range of other choices, notably a page of char-grilled steaks, steak sandwiches and organic burgers. A separate vegetarian menu is offered too, also a ‘Little Fitzers’ menu.


This is not inexpensive food (some main courses may be over €30) but it is real food, and the quantities are generous. The friendly service and traditional style makes an appealing package, although very little concession seems to be made to the fact that we’re in recession and a casual lunch can add up to quite hefty bill.


On a recent visit the Guide felt that a short, pocket-friendly lunch deal would be a welcome addition to the à la carte selection currently offered. However, while visitors to the area might possibly question the value, it is well supported and its obvious popularity with locals is well deserved - and it’s also a pleasant place to drop into for a cup of tea or coffee.

Seats 90 (private room 40, outdoors 150). Open daily in summer, otherwise Tue-Sun 12.30 -10pm (Tue-Wed to 9pm), Sun 12.30-3.30 & 5.30-9pm). D 6-10. 3 course value D Mon-Thur €25. Also a la carte menu & vegetarian menu; house wine from €19.95. Wheelchair friendly; children welcome before 9pm (high chair, childrens menu, baby changing facilities); air conditioning. Closed Mon Oct-Apr (except bank hols), 25 Dec, Good Fri. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 12-05-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Just north of Dundalk town, take Carlingford road off main Dublin-Belfast road. About 8km on left.

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Comments

12th July 2012
Grainne O'Sulivan
My experience of dining in Fitzpatrick’s was unfortunately very different to the review here. I booked a table for 7 people several days in advance but we sill had to wait for at least 30mins in an overcrowded bar area without adequate seating before we were brought to our "pre-booked" table. The staff, although friendly, were completely unprofessional and disorganised. The food was extortionately priced pub grub. Basically, fine dining prices for very basic dishes, e.g. beef stroganoff, the cheapest option on the a la carte menu was 22euro. One of my party has an allergy to shellfish so she ordered cod, not shellfish, and usually that’s not a problem for her. However, after eating this dish at Fizpatrick's she was very ill for the following 3 days. The customer service received was appalling. I got a call from the restaurant asking me for feedback a few days later and so of course I gave them my honest opinion as outlined above. They were obviously unprepared to hear anything negative and I received an extremely rude, curt and arrogant email reply from the owner saying that I should eat in Chapter One if I wanted fine dining - completely missing my point about the prices. The tone of the email was unforgivable and I would like others to know what kind of customer service Fitzpatrick's offers its supposedly valued customers.
28th January 2013
Admin
Hi Grainne, While I am sorry to know that you were disappointed by Fitzpatrick's I can't comment on your specific experience. However, this establishment has since been re-visited, as part of our normal assessment programme, and in broad terms this visit was up to the same standards as previous years - and we did not observe any of the service/rudeness problems you mention. But we are all especially conscious of value-for-money at the moment and, as I have now pointed out on the website, very little concession seems to be made to the fact that we’re in recession and a casual lunch can add up to quite a hefty bill. Although it's obviously well supported by locals, visitors to the area might well question the value and a short, pocket-friendly lunch deal would be a welcome addition to the à la carte selection currently offered - and perhaps something similar in the evening too. Georgina

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