The Midlands Restaurants

The Purple Onion

  • Main St. Map It
  • Tarmonbarry
  • Irish
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/11/2015

Fodor's Review

Hungry travelers love this Shannon-side resting place on the main street of a tiny village to the west of Longford Town. Originally a standard public house with low ceilings, nooks, crannies, and snugs, it has been transformed into a gourmet's delight—a special gastropub, abustle with locals, cruise-boat tourists, and food lovers from all over. Specialties include Thornhill duck, tender Roscommon lamb, and Jacob's Ladder rib of beef braised in Smithwick's ale with hoisin and onion sauce. Potatoes and vegetables are abundant and even served al dente. The good-value early-bird menu stretches from Tuesday to Thursday 5 to9:15 pm, and Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 7 pm. It's worth leaving space for the Toblerone cheesecake, which has become the sweet talk of Longford. An upstairs gallery has work by some of the finest and best-known Irish artists, including Jack B. Yeats and Paul Henry, among a hundred others.

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Main St., Tarmonbarry, Co. Longford, Ireland

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Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Mon. No lunch Tues.–Thurs.
  • Reservations essential

Published 08/11/2015


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