The Sunday World’s Pub Spy returned to the county recently to review three pubs in Leitrim Village and Drumshanbo.
Donnellans Bar in Leitrim Village received some very kinds remarks and received high points in the commando’s ratings - four pints, just one from top marks.
The exterior colours and flower baskets impressed the lads and the comfortable and clean interior of Gerry’s public house got a thumbs up. More importantly the €4 creamy pints were very well received.
The reviewers enjoyed the soccer and GAA pub chat with the owner and the toilets passed inspection, “we were treated so well” the published article said.
The pub’s support of the local golf society and pictures of Leitrim Gaels football team were noted. The only negative was they felt the snug wasn’t too private but that didn’t hinder the overall positive review and recommendation to those passing through to stop off for a pint. “Staff are the best bar none in this truly brilliant boozer” read the subheadline on the Donnellan’s review.
Three other Leitrim pubs received short reviews in the weekly publication.
Just up the street, The Barge in Leitrim Village also got a good write up with a 4/5 pint rating, the team’s only issue with this bar was that the young barmaid “didn’t engage us in conversation.”
The photos of Kerry greats which cover the walls of the bar were noted. The timber counter, clean interior and toilets all checked out to the reviewers standards. They especially commended the cleaner of the establishment.
Henry’s Haven Drumshanbo had positives and negatives reported.
The pub spy team felt the outside needed a paint job and were disappointed with the state of the toilets, “there was no toilet seat, the toilet roll holder was broken off the wall and there was cigarette butts in the stainless urinal.”
But the review did note that the award winning pub was busy, the barmaid was pleasant and mannerly and there was plenty of entertainment in the bar.
The group commented “We’ve never seen so many pairs of wellies” in relation to the good crowd of men in for their evening dinner. It got 3/5 pints.
The last pub to be visited was The Welcome Inn, Drumshanbo.
Again the team were not pleased with the toilets, the article said they “were disappointing and very small” and that the floor of the cubicle was “saturated,” and only one of the sink taps were working, there was no electric dryer, just an old hand towel, which they felt is “very unsanitary.”
They liked the lively male clientele and the friendly barman who lives up to the bar’s name.
The bar’s republican theme on the wall attracted their eye and they also mentioned traditional session held there every Wednesday night.
It also got a 3/5 pint rating.