Monday, December 22, 2008

Claddagh Irish Pub

Claddagh Irish Pub
Newport on the Levee
One Levee Way
Newport, KY

Steve and I met up with a group of ex-pat Brits at Claddagh Irish Pub over the weekend and unbeknownst to me when we booked the reservation, the restaurant has retooled the menu in a way that completely disregards the vegetarian diner. They have absolutely NO vegetarian entrées on their menu now, and only two vegetarian appetizers – fried sweet potatoes and parsnips, and spinach-artichoke dip. Whoop-dee-do.

We hadn’t been to Claddagh in awhile, but in the past there have been at least one or two vegetarian-friendly items available – usually either a pasta or a veggie burger – but this time they pulled out all the stops to make their restaurant as unfriendly to vegetarians as possible. Way to go Claddagh.

I think the thing that restaurants like Claddagh forget is that vegetarians have non-veggie family, friends and co-workers, and when the vegetarian can’t get anything to eat the likelihood of a return visit drops to zero. We brought in a group of 15 to a restaurant that was not nearly as busy as it should have been on the weekend prior to Christmas, and who undoubtedly needed the business, but because of the blatant disregard for the vegetarian in the party, we will definitely not be recommending this restaurant nor suggesting it for future get-togethers again.

Know what I had to eat? Fries, coleslaw and a side salad. Guess what it ran? More than any entrée in our group. Insanely poor value for money!

Vegetarians beware. Claddagh Irish Pub doesn’t give a flying flip about us.


liz said...

bleah! this is especially disappointing after all your posts about your awesome meals in england. i am sure most actual irish pubs are much more veggie friendly. boo chains.

Veggie Option said...

Well to be honest when we were in Dublin a few years ago there wasn't much vegetarian choice in the pubs, but they all seemed to have at least ONE vegetarian entree (usually pasta w/ marinara).