Sunday, 3 August 2008



The Orchard bar in Gleneely is a bright and cheerful family run pub, owned for three generations by the McLaughlin’s. First Grandfather Hugh then Patsie and now Darren. The building is steeped in history and had been sympathetically modernised recently, reflecting the original character of the building in the 1930’s with a long sweeping bar leading through the three spacious, open plan rooms.

A warm welcome
It is very much home from home and as soon as you walk past the sweet smelling roses and hanging baskets at the door you are made welcome by the staff. High standards of cleanliness are needed in a place that serves food and Darren’s eye for detail in the rest rooms and bars means that all you have to do is relax and take in the old charm atmosphere. The smoking area has a pool table and even a map of Inishowen painted on to an outside wall to show visiting tourists places of interest when they decide to leave the comfort of their surroundings.

Bar Menu
A picture on the wall shows an aerial view of the village taken this year, showing that the Gleneely community has grown considerably in the recent past and the Orchard Bar has seen the number of locals increase. The choice of good quality food on the menu is a step above the usual too because on offer are wraps, baguettes, paninis and their special mouth watering 12” inch stone baked pizzas. It was also refreshing to see that the menu also caters for vegetarians.

Food is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 5 and 10 pm. If you fancy a great breakfast The Orchard Bar does a great fry on Saturday and Sunday too.

Live music

Live music comes from bands around Donegal and Derry. Phil McCafferty from Letterkenny is playing soon and other regular are Sean Rae, The Cavanagh Brothers and Inspiration. If you don’t want to wait for the bands to come on then on the wall next to the giant bottle tops and picture of the Guinness Toucan, is a guitar. Feel free to pick it up and start singing.

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