The Long Dock
Tony and Imelda’s The Long Dock is one of those all-too-rare destinations which are an archetype, a part of our collective unconscious.
In our mind’s eye, there is a classic Irish country pub, way way out west, and when you walk through the door into the low-ceilinged room there is a blazing fire, a warm welcome, excellent local drinks including beers and stouts and gins you have never encountered before, and soulful, West Coast cooking. The Long Dock is all of those things, which is why this modest and handsome Wild Atlantic Way destination registers so profoundly with so many people. It is the pub of your dreams, the pub of the Holywood movie archetype, the country pub which is picture postcard perfect in every way, from the flagstone floor to the well-scrubbed tables. And here it is IRL, in its colourful, flower-bedecked reality, welcoming visitors, and serving them cooking of the most stellar standard. Tony’s seafood cooking is as fine as anything you will eat as you travel along the WAW, vivacious modern Irish cookery delivered with pin-point accuracy and confident, assured understanding. The Long Dock is an archetype and a dreamworld and, best of all, it is vividly real and ageless.
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