Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube has started a campaign dubbed #ShowUsYourLocal. It’s exactly what that sounds like, they want people to post pictures, words and video about the pub they call their local. I couldn’t possibly limit myself to just one pub so here are three that I frequent regularly. I grew up in Athlone but have lived in Moate for the past eight years, so both are home in a way. In Athlone you would be likely to find me in The Malt House. They have a few taps of Bo Bristle, Carrig and even a cider, McIvor’s as well as a nice selection of bottles. They have a little stove for those cold evenings and even better, a warm welcome from Rob the landlord or Michelle his right hand woman. Both are working in the hospitality game since they were seventeen, how long ago that was differs depending on who you ask. They have supported and accommodated the Athlone Beer Club since it’s inception and recently organised an Irish Whiskey tasting for us with the Kilbeggan Distillery. It’s a pub that I always recommend to visitors to Athlone and I guarantee that you’ll have the craic if you call in.
Moate has a lot of pubs for a small town but there are just two that I visit fairly often. The first is P. Egan’s.
This traditional Irish pub has a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The chat flows naturally along the bar and there’s plenty of room out the back where you can warm yourself beside the old range. Paul, the landlord is a gentleman who takes great pride in his work. He produces the correct glass for your tipple of choice with a flourish and a smile. A visit to Moate is not complete without a pint in Egan’s.
Last but certainly not least comes Don’s. This is the second premises to bear the name. The first Don’s opened in February 2010. In September 2013 Don bought Coffey’s, a Moate insitution and modernised the ‘bar’ side and kept the ‘lounge’s side pretty much as it was thus keeping the old regulars happy and drawing in a new young crowd at the same time.
Don has embraced new Irish beer and has a Bo Bristle tap and a huge range of bottles. There is always a bit of craic to be had in Don’s whether you fancy playing a hand of cards or want some live music to party along to.If you’re really lucky you may even get a sandwich or a pickled egg!
I hope that some of you get a chance to visit these fine establishments if you haven’t already, who knows, I might be there and we can clink a glass. Sláinte!