Before making the four hour drive from the Land of the Mouse to the Panhandle we decided to explore Downtown Disney. Mason was excited to visit the Y(L)ego store and Julia was just happy to be there. As we wandered around the kids started to get hungry. We walked into a dinosaur themed restaurant and Mason immediately announced he wanted to eat at a big boy restaurant. Seeing an opening I asked if he wanted to eat at an Irish pub. After confirming it was not a little kid restaurant (he’s four) we made our way to Raglan Road.
We wandered in a few minutes after 11:00 a.m. and decided to sit on the patio. The tables were shaded and covered in dew. While waiting for the table to be dried I wandered about. The patio has the slight smell of stale beer and looked like a good place to spend an evening drinking and listening to music. Inside the pub looked as if it had been built in Ireland and shipped to Disney (I later learned this in fact had happened). Dark wood, colorful patterned carpet, and booths circled a large central space. It was huge but still retained a pub like intimacy.
Returning outside we were seated at a square table on dark green chairs. Our waitress was cheerful and immediately brought over crayons for the kids and menus for the adults. While we tried to figure out what to order I opted for a pint of Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale while Becky went with a glass of wine. At the recommendation of the waitress I opted for the fish and chips. Becky ordered a cup of their cream of mushroom soup and Shepherd’s Pie. We got a fruit cup for the kids to tide them over until the meals arrived.
The cream of mushroom soup arrived first in an over sized white coffee mug on a matching saucer. A twist of pastry was nestled in the handle. Becky loves cream of mushroom soup and I fully expected her not to share. In the interest of documenting out lunch she allowed me a few spoonfuls of the delicious light tan soup. It was silky with a strong earthy mushroom flavor. It was delicious and between me, the kids, and her it quickly vanished.
Following the disappearance of the soup, our entrees arrived. A two tiered column of Shepherd’s Pie arrived on a large white circular dish. The bottom layer consisted of seasoned lamb and ground beef with vegetable bits mixed amongst the meat. On top a layer of whipped potatoes was topped with a fried onion flourish and a piece of flat leaf parsley. A light gravy pooled around the bottom. Becky is not a lamb lover but the combination with ground beef produced a flavor with just enough of its distinct flavor. The entire dish oozed comfort.
As for my fish and chips, they arrived wrapped in wax paper. The cod was sealed in a beer batter and fried a lovely golden brown color. The cod was flaky and reminiscent of fish I had in London back in my LSE days. The chips were of the thick cut variety. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside they were more than adequate when splashed with some malt vinegar and dusted with a shake of salt. Miss Julia and Mason enjoyed a few chips and even sampled the tartar sauce, which was quite good.
Raglan Road offers solid pub fare in an authentic atmosphere and is well worth a visit. The pub is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until late. They can be found online, on Facebook and @RaglanRoadPub. Live music is offered seven nights a week until midnight.
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