William Street Bar & Eatery is located in the centre of Tullamore on the junction of William Street and Offaly Street. A bar has stood here for many years, but underwent a complete renovation. It is now charcoal grey and contemporary on the outside, and old world charm meets 21st century on the inside with duck egg blue paneling on the walls and a traditional bar with mirrors and optics. Facing the bar tan leather booths run along the wall and quirky artwork adorns the walls.
Head chef Robert Kelly started recently - some may know him as the Irish Tattooed Chef on social media - and he has definitely put his spin on the food. We have reviewed Rob’s cooking several times, and he is a very talented chef, so we had high hopes for William Street.
While we chose from the menu enjoyed gin and slim line served in true cocktail style with juniper berries, strawberries and an orange slice almost gave me my five a day, whilst Fred relaxed over a craft beer.
The menu is short and well thought out with a choice of seven starters including BBQ ribs and spicy chicken wings as well as a vegetarian option of wild mushrooms on sourdough toast.
Main courses included fresh fish and chips and the burger can be had three ways; beef, chicken or grilled haloumi. There are several steak options and a braised blade of beef as well, while the veggies can enjoy wild mushroom linguine sounds particularly tempting.
I started with the house salad; well dressed leaves with delicious Clonakilty black pudding, perfectly poached egg and crispy bacon. The other half went with the BBQ ribs, succulent pork with a tangy bbq sauce, they were finger licking good and we were off to a good start.
My main course of tempura haddock was exceptionally fresh, crispy to the touch outside and moist and perfectly cooked within. It was served on a stack of homemade fries, with tangy mint pea puree and a gherkin tartar sauce served on the side, and the flavours really complimented the subtlety of the fish.
Fred’s steak was perfectly pink, just as he had requested and there was no imaginable trimming left off, it was a feast of a dish. There were also sides of sautéed baby potatoes and roast root vegetables brought to the table, so going hungry is not an option.
Amazingly we had room for dessert and the apple crumble was delicious, with large crunchy crumbs on top of apple and custard beautifully presented in a glass jar, and so good I could convince myself it was a health food.
William Street Bar and eatery serves very good food in a stylish yet casual setting. The servers couldn’t be more obliging and very smart in their denim butcher style aprons. . Having recently won Best Chef and Best Newcomer in the Irish restaurant awards 2019 they’re definitely doing something right – check it out for yourselves next time you visit Tullamore, don’t just take our word for it.
**There is an early bird menu Monday – Thursday till 7pm at exceptional value with 2-courses for €19.50 or 3-courses for €24.50. Having recently won Best Chef and Best Newcomer in the Irish restaurant awards 2019 they’re definitely doing something right – check it out for yourselves next time you visit Tullamore, don’t just take our word for it