“It’s good Guinness I won’t tell you a lie, but €5 for a pint anywhere outside of Dublin city centre is wrong"
THERE are a handful of pubs in Clane and they’re all famous for their atmosphere. Jones pub is one of those.
Although a good few years have passed since our last visit, we rarely forget the good ones. Good pubs and a town steeped in GAA tradition – it didn’t take much selling to convince the Old Commando to tag along on our latest outing.
As always, parking was a nightmare. After lapping the town three times and with the temptation to move on to a different area increasing, by stroke of luck a parking spot became available at the front door of Jones pub.
As we stepped inside we were greeted by a young barman with glasses and he performed all the new formalities of signing us in and checking our passports before taking our order and telling us to take a seat wherever there was one available.
We couldn’t get over how busy it was in Jones pub and there were no seats available in the front bar, which is where we ideally would have liked to sit.
We wandered around until we finally found a table on the opposite side of the counter that was free, and the barman arrived with our drinks shortly afterwards.
The Old Commando was far from impressed when he paid €5 for his pint of Guinness and he kept insisting the barman must have forgotten to bring him his change.
“It’s good Guinness I won’t tell you a lie, but €5 for a pint anywhere outside of Dublin city centre is wrong,” he said.
“Maybe Pascal will do the publicans a big favour in the budget and reduce the excise on beer,” the Young Commando joked. “Wouldn’t it be great to give the hospitality sector a dig out?”
“Reduce excise on alcohol? You’d give everyone in Nphet a heart attack if you did something like that. They mightn’t increase it in this budget, but they definitely won’t reduce it anyway,” the Old Commando growled.
There were at least seven members of staff on duty during our stay, with one particular barman running the show.
He was keeping the younger staff on their toes, reminding them to clear tables, check customers in and to check their passports. Everything was being done above board in this boozer.
There are plenty of drinks available on draught, such as Orchard Thieves, Hop House 13 and both Rockshore cider and lager. The timber flooring was clean and the beer garden at the rear was well laid out. They were serving carvery dinners during our stay but there is also a tapas restaurant located at the back of the building.
There are multiple TVs throughout the pub as well as a large projection screen and most of the pub talk was centred on how great it is see to Ronaldo back at Manchester United and how great it is to see Glenn Ryan take over Kildare footballers.
“He’s brought an army of legends in to work alongside him anyway, that’s for sure. If they can coach as well as they all played, Kildare might not be too bad in 2022,” the Old Commando commented.
The Young Commando inspected the toilets and he reported back that they were clean with two stainless steel urinals, two sinks and one cubicle.
We enjoyed our pints, expensive as they were, and we loved seeing the hustle and bustle of a busy boozer again.
It’s great to see normality returning to our everyday life.
If you’re passing through Clane do yourself a favour and call in for a pint, you won’t regret it.
Rating: Four pints out of five
One for the road
Larry’s – Prosperous, Co Kildare
If you’re not familiar with the area you would most likely miss this boozer. Located off the main street in the small village of Prosperous, you’d probably need to be a local to realise this pub existed but we’re grateful we knew about it.
It was a lot busier than we expected with a predominantly male clientele seated throughout both sections of the pub.
The elderly barman served us without delay and we managed to get seats in the brown leather bench seating lined up at the counter, but facing away towards the front window.
There are at least four TVs in the pub along with a dart board and a pool table and the toilets are operated in a one way traffic system. That must get confusing when you’ve had a skip load!
We really enjoyed our few pints in Larry’s bar and we’d love to call again.
Rating: Three pints out of five