Restaurant review: Ed Power at The Eagle, Dundrum
To the heart of south Dublin, a corner of creation so posh the shady guy skulking outside the chip shop on his stolen bike wears a Leinster jersey rather than a Glasgow Celtic top and the homeless pester you for change so that they can "buy a coffee" (Grande mocha, no whip, we assume).
But south Co Dublin isn't all Ugg boots and monster 4x4s. Down the road from that glittering Celtic Tiger theme park that is the Dundrum Town Centre you'll find The Eagle, a proudly spit and sawdust boozer where the television in the corner screens live horse-racing and locals sit at the bar loudly perusing their betting slips.
Non-regulars may feel more comfortable slipping into the expansive lounge -- which has its own entrance and name, 'The Nest' -- where there's miles of space and an L-shaped bar so vast it's impossible being more than one person deep even during last orders.
One of a growing number of pubs to respond to the nationwide decline in business by taking the radical step of reassessing their prices, The Eagle, moreover, offers Beamish at a hard to quibble with Â¤3.50. With bargains like that, it's almost worth taking the Luas from town for.
IN THE GLASS: Pint of stout €3.50, pint of lager €4.60
AT THE BAR:Young ones giggling in the corner, oldsters reading the paper
ON THE STEREO:Blissful silence
AND? Just across the road is one of the country’s best off-licences, Deveney’s, which specialises in American craft brews
Sandyford Road, Dundrum, D14. TEL:01 2983716
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