The Fatted Calf restaurant
Church St., Athlone, Athlone
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Reviewed 22nd December 2016 (visited 20 December 2016 )
My husband and I had dinner here on Tuesday night and it was just delicious, never disappoints us, it is a bit pricey but it's always lovely food. Can feel a little cold in the wintertime as it's very industrial looking, could do with more heat
Reviewed 16th September 2016 (visited 15 September 2016 )
Excellent food and service. Restaurant is situated in a nice area of the town. Recommend getting the front door fixed to keep out the breeze.
Reviewed 17th November 2014 (visited 15 November 2014 )
Delicious, perfectly cooked duck breast in a v.tasty, not-too-sweet sauce. Lovely baby veg. Cute-as-a-button petit fours :) Looking forward to my next meal there..
Reviewed 14th August 2014 (visited 3 August 2014 )
I did think the food was a little overpriced (particularly the mains). All three of us ordered the scotch egg dish for starters and the fish platter for mains. Both courses were really enjoyable although the center of our scotch eggs was only lukewarm which I was a little unsure of. I felt I missed the inclusion of the classic white of the egg, feeling there was too much pudding causing it to be overly filling for a starter. I felt the yellow was a little bland (we could not agree if it was an egg yolk or some deconstructed version of - was rather curd like in texture). We each agreed the seafood dish was delicious although the crab claws came out in a separate bowl for the three of us (almost an afterthought). I may not be inclined to make the journey again as although the staff were lovely, the food did not exactly live up to my expectations from previous reviews
Reviewed 08th July 2014 (visited 26 April 2014 )
Lovely little gem of a place. The menu had an interesting selection. The starters were beautiful and we shared a huge steak between the two of us (which we couldn't finish!), the desserts weren't of the same standard but I will definitely be returning when I get the chance. A little bit pricey but it's worth it for special occasions.
Reviewed 08th November 2013 (visited 6 November 2013 )
I would drive from Dublin to Glasson to dine in the Fatted Calf every week if time/finance allowed. This is my third time dining here and it just gets better every time. From welcome to farewell we could not have been more well looked after. After enjoying a drink at the bar and ordering from there, we were seated at a lovely table looking back in on the restaurant area. Our two starters were among the finest of any calibre of restaurant we have experienced. Pan fried scallops with confit pork belly and grapefruit was dense with flavour and perfectly moist. The star of the evening however had two be the bone marrow, black pudding and mushroom served with fried bread, not a dish for the faint hearted but one worth travelling across the country to enjoy. Our mains of sliced Barbary duck and BBQ short ribs were in the same vein, perfectly cooked, tender succulent meat and excellent garnish. Almost all the tables were occupied and competent, efficient, friendly, knowledgeable staff looked after our every need. Offering to decant our choice of modest Bordeaux red was not only a nice touch but showed clear confidence and product knowledge. Three of our choices came from the specials board as we finished off the meal with a baked camembert to share and were not disappointed. This is one of Irelands best kept secrets and deserves every success, can't wait to return.
Reviewed 14th September 2012 (visited 31 August 2012 )
Six of us dined here for lunch and it was fabulous. My better half and I had dined here on 2 previous occassions and really enjoyed it. Lunch was enjoyed by all in our group - no complaints apart from the desserts not being the same standard as the starters or main courses. But we will all definately be back again
Reviewed 20th March 2012 (visited 17 March 2012 )
We popped in here for lunch as we were staying in a local hotel. Unfortunately we were booked in at the hotel for dinner later on that evening so could only have a light meal in The Fatted Calf. We were seated by a lovely waitress. The menu looks amazing and has lots of choice. We settled on the pulled pork terrine and a roast beef sandwich which comes served with either chips or the soup of the day and also . We nibbled on some lovely breads while we waited. The pork was succulent and tasty and the beef was nice and rare. The tomato and red pepper soup was also delicious. We would have liked to have come back the next day but as it was Mother's Day they were fully booked up which was no surprise. Our bill including 2 cokes came to €24. Such a pity we don't live closer but if we ever find ourselves in Glasson again we will be sure to returm.
Reviewed 02nd November 2011 (visited 1 November 2011 )
Excellent Pub resturant great food and atmosphere
Reviewed 24th August 2011 (visited 21 August 2011 )
very good, restaurant food in pub setting. I had black pudding with mushrooms in marrow bones, then rabbit with orzo. Rabbit could have been a little pinker, but I didn't specify medium. Herself had a beetroot risotto for main, loved it, start was good, can't remember what it was. Excellent breads, dips, 4 premium bottles of beer, about E80, excellent value for the quality, recommended. Nice outside beer garden, in a lovely village. This is the kind of place that needs support, honest, good value, good cooking, go and try.
Reviewed 11th June 2011 (visited 22 May 2011 )
Excellent food. Best meal I've had in recent memory. I had roast pork - unbelievably good. Also tasted the burger - excellent. Ordered sides of red cabbage - soft and delicious. And onion rings - I've had better. Tried three of the desserts. Pear frangipane was not very nice but I also tried the fruit crumble which was perfect. Served with ice cream (bread flavour?) and that too was great. The other dessert I tried was the chocolate brownie. It was gooey and devilishly good. It was served with cream but having tasted the icecream that came with the crumble, we ordered icecream to go with it instead (for no extra cost). Best dessert ever when combined with the icecream. Service was good, Atmosphere is cosy pub, but food is presented and tastes like fine dining. Will go back and recommend to everyone
Reviewed 28th April 2011 (visited 24 April 2011 )
dined here on Sun.food was great and extra portions of spuds& bread provided at no extra cost.crayons provided for kids.plenty of parking. will be back
Reviewed 09th November 2010 (visited 6 November 2010 )
Had dinner with a grop here on Sat night. Menu was ok, being a vegetarian there was only one option, and not a brilliant one at that. Good selection of fish on the menu, good selection of wine, breads were fab. Dessert menu was fine. The others in my group would return but if your a vegetarian it does not have a great selection. Overall service was good, prices were ok and atmosphere was ok.
Reviewed 28th October 2010 (visited 23 October 2010 )
This has very quickly become my favourite restaurant. I have been 4 times now and have always really enjoyed, it's just what a gastropub should be. The food is really tasty without being too 'cheffy'. the menu is very interesting and the portiond generous. Good value too. The staff are lovely and the home made bread..... Love the chowder, burgers, blas, everything really. I am actually driving there on Sunday from Dublin just for lunch.