Athlone Diaries

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Paola Bassanese is a food and lifestyle writer

Gertie Browne’s Pub in Athlone

Gertie Browne’s pub is located on Custume Pier, just opposite Dead Centre Brewing and on the other side of the River Shannon from Athlone Castle. It has its own restaurant called Hatters Lane Bistro which was established in 1999. Gertie Browne’s History Gertie Browne’s location has been used as a hostelry since the XI century […]


Dining at Radisson Blu in Athlone

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone is a popular events venue in a convenient location and with stunning views over the River Shannon. The Radisson also has its own restaurant and caters for conferences and meetings. Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone The Radisson Blu opened in Athlone in 2004. It has private access to Athlone […]


Best Coffee in Athlone

Fancy a coffee? If you are passing through Athlone, or need a caffeine fix in Athlone, there is plenty of choice. Apart from its stimulating qualities, coffee can also become an experience in its own right. A coffee break can be a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon (and there’s plenty of those in […]


Dead Centre Brewing Opens in Athlone

It’s alive! After years of hard work (you just need to read their website to learn the full story) Dead Centre Brewing has officially launched in Athlone at the end of February 2019. If you ever walked past the venue, formerly The Ritz Gastropub, you may have caught a glimpse of the smart interior from […]


Di Bella Restaurant Athlone

Continuing on my quest for tasty pizza in Athlone I went to Di Bella Restaurant. The restaurant itself is homely and welcoming and, when I visited, there were a couple of families having lunch. I ordered a pizza to take away and it was ready in less than ten minutes. Di Bella Restaurant Ambience The […]


Best Restaurant In Athlone? Poll

What Makes a Good Restaurant the Best Restaurant? There are many factors to consider when rating a restaurant. Of course, food is the number one factor. With customers becoming more aware of food provenance, having great ingredients, preferably local and organic, is an asset for any restaurant. Cost is another important factor for consideration, especially […]


La Cucina Di Angelo’s Restaurant Athlone

Right in Athlone town centre you can’t miss La Cucina Di Angelo’s, a beloved traditional Italian restaurant in Custume Place. La Cucina Di Angelo’s is so famous in Athlone that it doesn’t even have a website, but it does have a Facebook page. There you can read the history of the family behind this restaurant, […]


Il Colosseo Restaurant Athlone

There is so much to like about Il Colosseo in Athlone: it’s bright and airy, the waiting staff are friendly, the pizza is delicious. On a recent visit I had the Salamino pizza with ‘nduja Puglian spicy sausage. Salami or pepperoni pizza seems to be one of the most popular options in English-speaking countries, but […]


Dead Centre Brewing Coffee Porter

Dead Centre Brewing is bang in the middle of Athlone, overlooking the river Shannon. They introduced the Moondust Coffee Porter together with Bell Lane Coffee, a specialty coffee roasting company from Mullingar. This is how Bell Lane Coffee described the porter on Instagram: “It has a slightly sweet and light malt body with notes of […]