The Purple Onion
The Purple Onion 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 "gastro pub," abustle with locals, cruise-boat tourists, and food lovers from all over. Specialties include Thornhill duck, tender Roscommon lamb, and prime loin of beef from Ballymahon. Potatoes and vegetables are abundant and even served al dente. The good-value Early Bird stretches from 5–9:15 Tues.–Thurs., and 5:30–7 Fri.–Sat. 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. To get here from Longford Town drive 10 km (6 miles) west on the N5.