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Raglan Road Downtown Disney - Irish Themed Pub

Like many visitors to Orlando we always want to try new restaurants as well as return to some family favourites. The latest one for us to try is Disney’s Ragland Road Irish pub and restaurant at Downtown Disney.

This restaurant, which is owned and operated by an Irish company, is located in Pleasure Island in what was once the Jazz Club. The interior boasts four antique bars which are more than 130 years old and imported direct from Ireland. These bars are made of dark solid wood and give an authentic pub feel familiar to visitors to Ireland. Wall coverings, lighting and other custom made furnishings have also been designed and come from Ireland to give that ‘Irish’ experience.

Once inside you can enjoy live entertainment, where you’re encouraged to join in singing and clapping, listen to Irish storytelling as well as watching traditional Irish dancing. (Irish ‘Stepdance’ style of dancing has been very popular since 1994, when ‘Riverdance’ became hugely popular around the world and admired by audiences. )

Traditional Irish drinks can be purchased to complement meals – thick strong dark beers, pale beers, lagers and creamy ales together with spirits including Irish whiskey – single malt, single grain, pure pot still and blended whiskey.

The menu is simple and been created by one of Ireland’s best known celebrity chef’s Kevin Dundon. Daily homemade soup, irish smoked salsmon amongst the starters. Alternatively there are ‘in vogue’ starters to share – cocktail sausages for dipping, calamari, scallops, chicken live pate, baby racks of ribs in Guinness to name a few.

The main courses are interesting – light choices include various salads BLT, Seared Beef or Cashel salads, Irish goats cheese terrines or Portobello mushroom cap – mushrooms filled with cheese. The Chef’s Classic menu has snazzy names like ‘Pie in the Sky’ (chicken and mushroom pie), ‘Sod The Stew’ (beef stew) as well as more well known dishes such as fish and chips, and bangers and mash! If these do not appeal why not try ‘It’s not Bleedin’ Chowder’ (potatoes, mussels, prawns and other seafood in a white wine with cream) or ‘Keen Eye for the Sheperds Pie. And if there’s nothing here you fancy there are some popular US dishes – salmon, steak, grills and ribs – all with a twist of Irish!

It’s worth leaving room for a desert! Bread and butter pudding, chocolate cake (with chocolate mousse in it too! ), banoffi pie, a special Dunbrody Kiss of chocolate, chocolate … and then more chocolate! And no desert menu would be complete without an apple pie served with ice cream.

If you are from Ireland, or the UK, the menu will feel very familiar. If you are visiting from another country it’s worth a try. As stated at the beginning the food is simple yet tasty. Like any visit to Ireland, the ambiance great and you’ll be given a warm welcome!

Author: Denise and Nigel Taylor (Villa link: click here)
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