Yesterday afternoon the whole family went for a swim in Tullamore. Our tummies were rumbling afterwards and I announced a cunning plan to head to Treacy’s, after all Portlaoise was only half an hour away! I knew about the place from the social medias and had wanted to visit for a while.
I was happy to spot five taps that I’d sup from, if I have to tell you which five you haven’t been paying attention!
I started with a Trouble Brewing Sabotage IPA which accompanied some delicious wings.
Myself and my wife had a bit of a mix up where she thought I’d ordered a starter for her and I hadn’t. I generously gave her two wings. She was driving me home after all!
I had some hearty meatballs next. I went with the local beer 12 Acres Pale Ale. 12 Acres are the first new brewery to open in Laois but I hear there’s another in the works. 12 Acres produce their own malted barley and use their own spring water. It goes exceptionally well with food.
My wife was glad she hadn’t had a starter when she saw the big plate of mushrooms, onions and steak with blue cheese that came out to her. No picture, you’ll have to order it for yourself! The girls were very happy with their chicken goujons and made up with the icecream afterwards.
I had the home made bread and butter pudding for dessert, it was lovely and I paired it with a glass of Tipperary’s White Gypsy Red Ale. Which was on nitro and was pretty damn smooth. It looked fantastic too.
And just to keep it topical I had one for the road. A McGargle’s Granny Mary’s Red Ale. It was a pleasure to meet Niall Treacy and the place has a great family atmosphere. I said it was one of the few places where we could bring my father in law and he and I would both be happy. We asked him about it later and he said he had been a regular visitor in the past when it was on his way to Dublin. Here’s a tip, ladies and gentlemen, turn off the beaten track, bring the family, you’ll all get well looked after and at least one of you can enjoy a few pints of great Irish beer. Sláinte!