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Big Night: Mary Gleeson of Gleeson’s Townhouse and Restaurant

Where will you eat when everything goes back to normal?


At some point, our world will return to normal - even if it is a new normal. But where will we go for our first night out?

We asked some well-known names in the Irish food and drinks industry to tell us what they're planning when restrictions are lifted. Today, we spoke to Mary Gleeson, who owns Gleeson's Townhouse and Restaurant in Roscommon town with her husband Eamonn and daughter Cáit:

"I've been dreaming of my first meal after lockdown in Pudding Row, a café in the tiny seaside village of Easkey in Co Sligo. Nearby Enniscrone has been my favourite place on earth since I was a child, so I'd cycle down along the coast road. It's thirteen kilometres, which is perfect to work up an appetite. 

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I'll get there in time for breakfast, which will be French toast with crispy bacon, maple syrup and toasted pecans. I can taste it already! Then I'll spend a while watching the surfers in the Atlantic waves before heading back to see what Dervla James, who runs Pudding Row, has on the blackboard for lunch specials. 

Whatever it is, the grand finale will be a big slice of Victoria sponge and an aromatic Ariosa coffee. Then it’s time to cycle back to Enniscrone laden down with crusty sourdough, pickles, jams and cake for a picnic tea on the beach. Simple food, perfectly prepared - life doesn’t get any better." 

Gleeson's Townhouse is currently closed, but you can make bookings online here

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