Richard Graces - Gastro Pub restaurant
Sean Costello Street, Irishtown, Athlone
Set in a building with an impeccable history as a hospitable hostelry, Richard Grace’s Bar, open on Sean Costello Street in Athlone for nearly 2 years now has established itself as one of the leading venues in the town for great food and hospitality.
The well-known Richard Grace’s Bar, is a busy, successful bar and food venue, that is a much-loved pub where hospitality, a smile, good food and atmosphere are always waiting for you.
The core of Richard Grace’s is the main bar with its long, low, traditional format, beamed ceiling, panelling and flagged and wooden floor. A cosy snug at the front has a rugby focus, with framed jerseys and plasma screens for those all- important sporting occasions, and there are also screens dotted throughout the main bar, showing all those important sporting events.
Richard Grace himself, after whom the bar is named, is a famous local Athlone hero, a Jacobite Colonel who defended the city against the forces of the Crown in 1690. When called upon to surrender, he fired a pistol over the messenger's head, and declared "These are my terms; these only will I give or receive; and when my provisions are consumed, I will defend till I eat my old boots!"
The Colonel needn’t worry about old boots, as he would be well fed if he showed up in Richard Grace’s Bar these days! Under the guidance of Kerry man, Gavin O’Shea, Richard Grace’s has an extensive food offering from breakfast to lunch and dinner are served in Richard Grace’s Bar, with service to the table and wide-ranging menus showcasing Irish dishes and fine local produce. The team running Richard Grace’s also have a secret weapon in store – the boss’s mother! A seasoned baker, the proprietor’s, mother Ann O’Shea produces all the desserts in-house, baking what has become established favourites in town from Malteasers Cheesecake to Apple Pies and producing Chocolate Brownies which make it worth t
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