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All reviews tandoori chicken salad potatoes goujons spring rolls hake the early bird lunch menu visiting athlone great lunch lovely atmosphere staff were very friendly tasty food bistro castle courses desert
Starters and main were pretty tasty- especially the hake goujons. Unfortunately the desserts were disappointing - obviously they were made during the day for easy serving but the bake well was tasteless and the meringue with berries could have been shop bought.
We booked an early evening meal with our two children (8&5) . Luckily they’ll eat most things but had they been fussy eaters this place catered for everyone. My youngest chose off the children’s menu (great value and choice) My eldest went for the early...bird 2 course menu. Portion sizes were excellent for an early bird menu. Fish was very fresh and great flavours ! Hubby and I ate from the a la carte. Again great choice and variety. Everything was perfectly presented and tasted as good as it looked. All staff were adhering to Covid restrictions and customers well spaced out. Restaurant itself has a really lovely atmosphere and is perfectly situated - we took a post dinner walk along the river. Staff were friendly and polite and made an effort with the children too. A thoroughly enjoyable meal.More
Went on Saturday staff were extremely rude. Food was ok. Found expensive for what it was and for New Zealand wine and both experienced wine drinkers was very mediocre. Heard good things but unlikely to return.
Stopped over in Athlone on the way to Galway. We had lovely lunch on sunny Friday afternoon. Staff were very friendly and very Covid 19 aware in terms of cleanliness and social distancing. Amazing homemade cakes and coffee. Highly recommend and will definitely call again.
We were visiting Athlone for a weekend at end of Jul and we dined here as four adults and two babies aged 15 months and 24 months and had a very disappointing non child friendly experience.
Our reservation was for 5.30pm. The restaurant was fairly...empty and got busier around 6.30/6.45pm close to when we were finishing. We ordered dessert near 7pm and just after ordering, the front of house manager came over advising there had been complaints on the noise of the babies and people had requested to move tables.
The babies were making noise as babies naturally do, they’re both learning to communicate with new sounds and noises so being playfully loud and acoustics in restaurant carried that louder. They were in no means being bold, no continuous crying or running around, they were both strapped into high chairs.
For someone to have complained about babies making noise we were shocked but especially in a pre peak dining slot where you expect there to be children at that time. However, it was how the restaurant handled the situation was most disappointing.
Firstly, in current times, with pre booking they knew exactly who was dining. We were at the back of the restaurant while the front was fairly empty and there was at least 4-5 empty tables along the window that were empty for our entire visit but everyone was placed in same area as us first.
Very poor planning to have placed all around a group with babies, it would have made more sense to space out to give everyone a positive dining experience.
Secondly, for the manager to voice the complaint to us based on babies making noise during a pre peak dining slot where their website had said “caters” for everyone. We had also advised ages of babies on booking a few days prior.
If they had wanted us to leave earlier they were in no rush to take dessert order as we did have a decent gap between mains and dessert.
We had ordered our desserts when she said it, so had max 10-15 mins that we would remain there while we ate and settled up the bill.
We really felt most unwelcome at that stage, especially as we “discreetly” heard the manager apologise to the next table for the noise. We felt that we weren’t as valued customers as the tables around us despite having a substantial bill, which we thought would be appreciated in current times.
The following day we dined in a different restaurant in the town and had a totally different experience where they were so accommodating and welcoming of the babies.
We had picked The Leftbank based on various sites and blogs advising child friendly. However we found that not to be the case, and certainly not young child friendly. Overall a very disappointing experience and lacking in good customer service.More
I have been wanting to come here for such a long time and finally got the chance today. The service was appalling by three different servers. Firstly we were left waiting ages for anyone to take our order. It doesn't seem like staff are allocated...tables. There were people coming in after us and getting served. I eventually got someone's attention. My starter came, spring rolls, overcooked, nothing special. The mains arrived, i realised I had no cutlery, I asked a server she said 2 mins, she never came back. I went on the hunt for cutlery myself found some in front of the pass. Not good. I had tandoori chicken for main. Chicken was dry, the round chip potatoes were uninteresting. The meal was dry and dull overall. I needed mayo, no servers came to check on us the entire time we were there. No salt, no pepper, no condiments at all. No word from the waitress (the older of the three)with regard to my cutlery. We finished our meal. Wanted coffee, considered desert, didn't bother. The mediocre food plus the inattentive service (although friendly, no issues with them personally) is enough for me to not give this place a second chance. It's such a pity. You guys can and should do better than this, your competitors do!More
On a recent trip to Athlone, we paid a visit to an old favourite The Left Bank Bistro for lunch. The food and service was as good as ever. The restaurant is located in the trendy left bank quarter of Athlone, a short distance from...the castle. The restaurant has a contemporary bright airy feel with high ceilings and large windows. Covid-19 precautions were observed throughout with hand-sanitisers at the entrance and in the bathrooms. A copy of the menu is even available via a QR code printed at the table. There is a good choice on the lunch menu and we had the tandoori chicken and the confit of lamb which were both excellent and highly recommended. For dessert we had a delicious tiramisu. All of which came to a very reasonable €35.
We enjoyed the lunch so much that we returned two days later for dinner. Again another excellent meal. There is an "all night" early bird menu available Tuesday to Friday with a choice of 2 or 3 courses. We had the beet root salad for starters, and the gougons of hake and an angus steak for the main. This was accompanied by a reasonable Argentinian Malbec. With dessert, the meal came to €88.More
Stopped off for lunch in this little gem! Excellent freshly produced food. Hake goujons and a fish pie, the latter was sublime prompting us to try desert which were tastefully displayed and homemade. Sinful baked cheesecake and an almond and pear tart followed by good...coffee. Bill was €46 and good value for the quality of food!! Special mention for the staff all of whom observing COVID protocols while providing warm professional service. Top marks all round!More