Bobby Byrne’s pub is an institution in Limerick City. Known and loved since the sixties, this homely haven one of those rare places where everybody actually does know your name.
Bobby’s is cosy, fireplaces boast real fires, customers range from the solo man enjoying a pint and a paper, to elderly couples tucking into a hearty meal and a bottle of red and a bustling after work crowd. Rugby flags and plaques abound, we are in Limerick after all.
Walking in from a scawly night on the wintery streets into Bobby Byrnes Bar was like getting a warm bear hug from a long-lost loved one. It’s like everyone who needed to see everyone they ever liked decided to go there, all at the same time.
Being seated at a lovely, comfy corner spot and handed menus, surrounded by groups of old guys out with their pals, all tucking into pints and plates of gorgeous looking grub I felt ‘I’m really glad to be here’.
Bobby Byrne’s Bar has gone from strength to strength with its food in the past year, with specials like plaice fillets stuffed with salmon mousse in a cream emulsion, it’s hard to believe this is a bar food menu. The numbers show how popular Bobby’s has become, with large groups and families cosily enjoying the open fire and comfortable pub, its easy to see why this place is booked out.
The steak has to be one of the best things on the menu, and the value is fantastic, with crispy fried, real, home-made onion rings stacked high on a juicy sirloin, a crisp salad and chunky chips, plus a sumptuous pepper sauce, this has to be one of most satisfying plates of food you will find.
The chicken wings make an excellent starter, hard to beat with their mildly spicy flavours and sticky sauce, this is where the phrase finger-licking-good really comes to mind.
Prawn cocktail is old school, stacked high in a party glass but with juicy prawns and colourful crayfish tails, with plenty of retro Marie-Rose sauce to coat them. Golden Fried Brie served with a berry compote is decadent and sophisticated and a filling starter if you fancy just a light bite.
The daily specials are where the food shines with rich roast duck with a berry reduction and daily fish specials like herb crusted cod fillet. Desert fans mustn’t forgo the opportunity to try the sweet treats here, they really stand out. With Bushmills trifle, sweet and boozy and smothered in home-made chilled custard, or the amazing chocolate orange cheesecake.
Even if you just fancy stopping by for a coffee, you can order a fabulous dessert to go with it, a lesser known secret in the locality. Bobby’s ticks many boxes, family friendly, warm, welcoming, a great pint and fantastic food. From breakfast right through to night time. What’s not to love?