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Our Story

 

Set in the heart of the village of Carrigaholt on the estuary of the mighty Shannon river, The Long Dock is an authentic family run Restaurant and Bar. For the past 20 years Tony and Imelda Lynch have welcomed locals and visitors from Ireland and all over the globe to their vibrant stone built Restaurant where they serve an award winning authentic Irish menu mixing traditional family recipes with fresh local produce.

 

The Long Dock is famous for its brown bread and Chowder, seafood pie and fresh fish dishes, as well as serving locally sourced meat reared in the sea sprayed grass of the Loophead Peninsular. Despite the loss of a previously thriving fishing industry, the authenticity, tradition, and charm of the village is reflected in every dish and every product that comes out of The Long Dock Kitchen.

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Authentic Irish Condiments The Long Dock
Authentic Irish Condiments The Long Dock

Our Story

 

Set in the heart of the village of Carrigaholt on the estuary of the mighty Shannon river, The Long Dock is an authentic family run Restaurant and Bar. For the past 20 years Tony and Imelda Lynch have welcomed locals and visitors from Ireland and all over the globe to their vibrant stone built Restaurant where they serve an award winning authentic Irish menu mixing traditional family recipes with fresh local produce.

 

The Long Dock is famous for its brown bread and Chowder, seafood pie and fresh fish dishes, as well as serving locally sourced meat reared in the sea sprayed grass of the Loophead Peninsular. Despite the loss of a previously thriving fishing industry, the authenticity, tradition, and charm of the village is reflected in every dish and every product that comes out of The Long Dock Kitchen.

Visit Our Bar & Restaurant's Website
Authentic Irish Condiments The Long Dock

Our Story

 

Set in the heart of the village of Carrigaholt on the estuary of the mighty Shannon river, The Long Dock is an authentic family run Restaurant and Bar. For the past 20 years Tony and Imelda Lynch have welcomed locals and visitors from Ireland and all over the globe to their vibrant stone built Restaurant where they serve an award winning authentic Irish menu mixing traditional family recipes with fresh local produce.

 

The Long Dock is famous for its brown bread and Chowder, seafood pie and fresh fish dishes, as well as serving locally sourced meat reared in the sea sprayed grass of the Loophead Peninsular. Despite the loss of a previously thriving fishing industry, the authenticity, tradition, and charm of the village is reflected in every dish and every product that comes out of The Long Dock Kitchen.

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Tony’s Story

 

As owner and chef, Tony is the creative energy behind the development of the Long Dock. Starting with a magnificent stone built farmhouse that had been converted to a restaurant and bar,  the locals can still remember the time when it was a farm and the cows were driven from the cattle sheds at the back through the farmhouse and out of the famous red front doors into the street.

 

To the side of the bar was a rough lean to “The Bow Way” and the cattle sheds were still at the back.

 

The Bow way was the first improvement on Tony’s list and the extension to the Restaurant soon housed a small collection of items on offer for visitors to take home.

 

The Long Dock shop started as a a fortunate mix of calamity and opportunity when the roof blew off the old cow sheds behind the restaurant in the great flood and storm of 2014. Visitors to the Restaurant had been asking for the dressings that were used in the restaurant as well as some of the Chowder and Seafood pie, so along with a new roof Tony’s creativity kicked in and the old cow sheds were turned into a shop.

 

Developing the heritage of its roots as a cow shed, Tony decided to included an ice cream parlour in the newly created shop creating his very own home made range of ice cream and another reason to come back to visit the Restaurant in Carrigaholt.

 

From modest beginnings the range of products grew as the kitchen came up with new ideas and the visitors to the Restaurant were delighted to have the opportunity to take a “taste of” The Long Dock back with them after a visit.

Imelda’s Story

 

Growing up in as part of a large Irish family Imelda learnt to bake from her Mother. A naturally gifted baker, all the neighbours soon discovered just how good her bread and scones really were and almost by mistake she ended up supplying the neighbourhood to keep up with the demand.  Imeldas mother was very shy and never considered that she ran a business despite baking every day for many years.

 

Fortunately, the gift has passed down to Imelda who bakes the bread that is served today in The Long Dock Restaurant, and the demand the beautiful family recipe has continued.

 

So that you can enjoy a taste of this lovely Irish brown bread , we have recreated a bake at home version based on the original recipe so you can enjoy the entire process at home, including that just baked smell in the kitchen.

 

Imelda gift as a baker extends beyond bread making and you will find the most beautiful authentic apple pies, rhubarb crumbles, chocolate brownies for sale, all with that magical touch that only a natural born baker can achieve.