Let me begin by stating that I am only referring to the function room of this hotel when I rate the pint here but I just have to forewarn anyone who loves their Guinness. Fair enough, it’s a function room, & may not get as much use as the actual bar, but the establishment has no problem charging full whack for the “pints” they serve so they need to be called out on it.
The attempted pints of Guinness here had the classic frothy head which very quickly dissipates to nothing. The “Guinness draft” becomes an awful tasting version of Guinness Extra Stout. I wasn’t the only one who had this experience & a fellow G-Man who mentioned it to the bar staff was told that they thought it was grand & that no one else complained so he’d have to live with it. This is no way to treat a Guinnesslover, rather, they should be falling over themselves to take his advice. This is the kind of shit that pisses me off; you get served full-price muck & the establishment won’t hear a thing about it. No love for the G! Do not buy pints of Guinness in the function room, take the time to pop to the bar upstairs & get a decent pint.
When yer down the country you just expect the pint to be of a decent standard; not so. When this pint was topped-up, the head was minuscule & it didn’t get any better once it had settled. As ever, you’re just praying that a head will develop, but it rarely does. It ended up with a pencil-tache head & I just knew the taste wasn’t gonna be up to scratch. From the first gulp this pint was atrocious & it didn’t improve at all. The head was non-existent after my second slurp &, consequently, there was obviously no head-retention on the glass. It was so bad that, in a rare turn, I had to leave it after having only drank a third of it; it was actually the worst pint I had ever tasted (in Ireland. I wouldn’t even venture to rate any off of this island), it was anything but Guinness but the bar still charges as though it is. This is the pint that set this blog in motion; pure muck!
In fairness to the place, which is nice, & got a 4/5 for the hotel off me of Tripadvisor, once it had been highlighted to them via the aforementioned medium, the general manager advised me that it had been highlighted to the food & beverage manager so hopefully next time I check the Guinness will make the grade. It has a long way to go from this pint.