2008 Award Winners PUB OF THE YEAR 2008

The Olde Glen Bar

Pub of the Year 2008 - The Olde Glen BarJust the sort of old pub advertising people dream about, the McLaughlin family’s bar looks as it must have a hundred, maybe two hundred years ago: low ceilings, ancient weathered bar and furniture, fires in winter, a big old room and then another behind.

Then it got so popular they built on a further room… a dynamic young couple, Thomas & Maretta McLaughlin, run it – although working like mad all the time, Thomas has a word for everyone and is funny and relaxed – and Maretta’s the bubbly, glamorous and friendly wife who is front of house.

Between the family and a great staff, they’ve made such a roaring success of the place that they have to have two sittings every evening in summer. Why is it so popular? Because it provides just what you want: delicious, fresh, imaginative dishes served in an easy atmosphere, in a basic but well thought out setting. And what might you eat? Lovely local food, that’s what - Hereford beefsteaks, good vegetables, and all fish brought in nearby.

All this and a good wine list, great service – and good value too. No wonder it’s popular.

40 votes

The Olde Glen Bar

Downings, Co. Donegal
Character Pub / Restaurant
2 euro Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Pub with good food and atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
 Just the sort of old pub advertising people dream about, this old bar looks as it must have done a hundred years ago, with its low ceilings, an ancient weathered bar and furniture and fires in winter in a big old room and then another behind. Th ...

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