The Old Arch - Bar & Bistro restaurant

James Street, Claremorris

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3 stars - based on 4 reviews
Our family-run Restaurant opened in 2002 and since then, we have worked hard to make it one of the most popular restaurants in Mayo. We are proud of our reputation for good food, value for money and friendly service in a warm inviting atmosphere.

After travelling the globe, honing in on our skill, we have teamed-up with our head chef David Reilly and his team, to offer you a modern bistro-style cuisine. We use local mayo suppliers and offer seasonal daily specials.

We look forward to welcome you!


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80 people

Bistro, Seafood


Full Bar, Beer, Wine, Spirits

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The Old Arch - Bar & Bistro

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:0%

Reviewed 14th March 2017 (visited 9 March 2017 )

I visited the Old Arch Bar recently for lunch. To be fair I had no complaints about the food which was good. My gripe surrounds my request to switch off or lower the volume of the annoying music which was playing from a speaker directly above my head. The waitress merely changed the music to something more annoying. She later came over to our table to enquire if 'everything was all right' ? I reminded her that I asked that the music be switched off or the volume lowered, to which she replied " oh do you not like it". We quickly finished the meal and left.nWhy ask if everything is all right if you have no intention of pleasing your diners or you are deaf and just going through the motion expecting ' yes fine' on every response. Don't bother asking in future.

The Old Arch - Bar & Bistro

1 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 03rd April 2014 (visited 30 March 2014 )

We arrived at the Old Arch on Sunday (Mother's Day), and waited for 15 minutes while our table was being prepared. After being taken to our table, it appeared the table still wasn't ready as there were no place mats, side plates, condiments on the table, apart from cutlery rolled up in paper napkins and glasses. To add to the let down of the appearance of the table, it was not a table that should be used for dining at, especially in a restaurant where your are paying for comfort, atmosphere, good food and good service. There were bars that ran across the bottom of the table, just below the knee, which meant we were unable to put our feet under and we had to sit with our legs to the side of the chairs. The table was situated in a dark and horrible function room upstairs, away from the restaurant which was not acceptable especially when we had booked 4 weeks in advance - if there was no table free downstairs then we should have been informed that we would be situated elsewhere and given the opportunity to decline. This room was not suitable as it doesn't have a 'restaurant' feel to it and it came with poor table service as the waitress' spent most of their time downstairs serving in the restaurant. We were never informed that our table would be situated in this random room especially when we had to help our 85 year old Mum climb the stairs to get to it. After coming to terms that it was now 3.30pm and there was little chance of there being a lot else we could do, we decided to dine as the menu advertised on the website looked appetising. The menu was not what was on the website but the usual bog standard menu that a bar menu would offer so a fast turnover could be achieved. This menu was not what a restaurant should be offering and clearly showed they were out to grab as much money out of the day rather than maintaining the standard it had set in the past. There was nothing special about this menu or the food when it arrived. I am very angry that our day was wasted in this way and I would highly advise anyone looking to go out for a meal on special days such as Mother's Day, should ask for a table downstairs in the proper restaurant and to double check what menu they are offering before confirming to dine. I will not be dining at the Old Arch again.

The Old Arch - Bar & Bistro

2 reviews

First Timer

Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 27th May 2012 (visited 24 May 2012 )

Was just at The Old Arch for lunch with a friend yesterday, really lovely place. The staff were absolutely lovely and extremely helpful. Sat out in the beer garden for a while til the sun (I know!) got the better of us, a very nice area, with plenty of seating. Food was delicious and plenty of it, couldn't finish it. I had salmon and my friend had an open sandwich. My salmon was perfectly cooked and served with very tasty veg while my friend had a delicious salad, chips and an onion relish that she said was delicious. Moved inside to a very comfy sofa.....Had to try their caramel cheesecake and was not disappointed, fresh and very moreish....but as I said couldn't have eaten any more if I tried. Nice coffee too. For €30 an absolute bargain, lovely spot, high recommend and will definitely be back!

The Old Arch - Bar & Bistro

40 reviews


Credibility Score:52%

Reviewed 01st June 2011 (visited 24 May 2011 )

The restaurant is on James Street in Claremorris. I visited following on a recommendation from a taxi driver in Galway City who reckoned it was worth the detour. I agree with this judgement. The restaurant has a cosy feeling but actually there are plenty of tables.I was there on a Tuesday evening at 6 o clock and a number were filled. I had the early bird option. My starter from a list of six was seafood chowder which came with good bread and butter. It was tasty and plenty of fish. I had a medium rare steak for the main course which was really good. An amazing array of vegetables, three kinds o potato, onion rings, mushrooms and a plate of five tiny veg portions. Dessert was out of the question! Coffee to follow- a pot of coffee not a miserable mean little cup! Pleasant service throughout the meal. Cost was €21 and if I had dessert an extra €3 . Highly recommend.

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