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The Left Bank Bistro

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3 euro A selection of establishments outside the standard categories that should enhance the discerning travellers experience of Ireland Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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The Left Bank Bistro
Fry Place, Athlone Co Westmeath
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A growing number of people now see Athlone as a destination for holidays or short breaks and, for many, it would be unthinkable to visit the area or even pass through it without a visit to Annie McNamara and Mary McCullagh’s elegantly informal contemporary restaurant
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Horse Racing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Water Sports
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Asian Fusion
  • Bistro
  • Contemporary International
  • Mediterrannean
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Business Meal
  • Buzzy Atmosphere
  • Café Bar
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Informal
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Wine Bar/Café

The Left Bank Bistro

A growing number of people now see Athlone as a destination for holidays or short breaks and, for many, it would be unthinkable to visit the area or even pass through it without a visit to Annie McNamara and Mary McCullagh’s elegantly informal contemporary restaurant, where architectural salvage materials and interesting, subtle colours combine well with the simplicity of bare tables and paper napkins to suit the lively modern food.


Short, keenly-priced menus - plus specials chalked up on a blackboard - offer a wide range of delicious-sounding dishes with a multi-cultural stamp which, together with carefully sourced ingredients and snappy cooking, make this a top choice for an informal meal in Athlone. Focaccia, big salads and pasta are typical lunch time dishes, and vegetables are colourful and full of zing.


Fresh fish has always had its own separate menu here, and vegetarians can choose between blackboard specials and dishes from the regular menu, including favourites like Left Bank Salad and vegetable spring rolls.


Dinner menus are more extensive and tend to be based on more expensive ingredients, but the style is similar; delicious desserts are high point (anyone for layered ice cream bombe with blackcurrant coulis?), and all home-made - and, of course, there’s a farmhouse cheese plate too.


A concise, well-chosen wine list offers a fair choice of half bottles and several champagnes. For the quality of food and cooking, not to mention the style of the place, a meal here is always good value.


*A range of speciality products is sold at the Left Bank: salamis, pestos, house dressing, oils, olives, pastas, and coffee are just a few examples - and breads, dressings, chutneys and desserts from the restaurant too.

Seats 60. Open Tue-Sat from 10am; L 12-5 & D 5.30-9.30pm; 2/3 course value D €20/25 (all evening Tue-Fri & Sat 5-7.30pm), also á la carte; house wine €20. SC 10% on groups 8+. Air conditioning; toilets wheelchair accessible; children welcome. Closed Sun & Mon, bank hols & Christmas period. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 29-05-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

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The Left Bank Bistro, Athlone, County Westmeath
The Left Bank Bistro, Athlone, County Westmeath
The Left Bank Bistro, Restaurant
The Left Bank Bistro, Athlone, County Westmeath
The Left Bank Bistro, Athlone, County Westmeath
The Left Bank Bistro, Wine
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