A POPULAR O’Connell Avenue family pub has won a hat-trick of culinary awards.
Bobby Byrne’s Pub, at the junction of O’Connell Avenue and Wolfe Tone Street was one of the first pubs in Limerick to receive the Failte Ireland Pub Accreditation, in recognition of its levels of customer services.
To add to this, the pub has been recommended in popular chef Paolo Tullio’s Taste of Ireland guide.
And the neighbouring shop has also been awarded with the title of ‘Best Food to go’ at the XL National Store of the Year awards ceremony in Athlone.
The triple achievement has been hailed as a “fantastic start” to a notable year for the pub, as it marks 50 years in business.
In his guide, Mr Tullio wrote of Bobby’s: “It is famous for its ‘Best Ever Fish and Chips’. Bold words indeed, so of course they have to be tried.
“It’s clear the regulars know this and plates and plates piled high with golden battered cod were being delivered on huge trays, laden with colourful salads and decent looking chips. We had to try them so we did, and yes, the fish is pretty outstanding; perfectly light crispy beer batter, with the fish moist and steamy inside.”
Mr Tullio also praised the dessert offering at Bobby’s pub - named after the former mayor of Limerick - in particular praising the Bushmills trifle, and the orange flavoured cheesecake.
“Places like Bobby’s remind me of how important your local pub is, and with food like this it’s clear why customers keep on packing the place,” he added.