The Cobblestone, Dublin – Sept ’15 (2/4)

Not Guinness time, not here anyway.

Disappointed does not describe how I feel about the rating I’m giving this establishment’s efforts. I am gutted. This place was once amongst the top-dogs when it came to a tasty pint of the black stuff & as a result I had well talked it up to some mates I was taking here. Jayz, did I overpromise & underdeliver, it was actually embarrassing. Here’s me telling them about how I know good Guinness & how this place has always delivered a 4/4 pint & then bang; brutal pints. The head was a bit of a fluffy one which by halfway through was akin to that scruffy brown foam you see atop water. The taste was definitely not right but for the sake of The Cobblestone, a place that has given me many great nights & quality pints, I soldiered on through to the end. Sadly, the pint ended on a forcing-it-down squinty-wince-face that speaks volumes for the quality of the pint.

I don’t know if it’s the Tripadvisor certificate of excellence & the guaranteed tourist money or the fact that maybe less & less punters go for the pint o’G these days but something has gone seriously wrong here. To go from a 4/4 to a 2/4: seriously gutted for the place; biggest let-down so far on

Darcy’s Restaurant, Belfast – July 2015 (2/4)

Not Guinness time, not here anyway.

You’d think I woulda learned from my previous restaurant experience but a Guinnesslover is just that & so can’t resist when he sees a tap. Again, as per the last time I ordered a pint in a restaurant, I asked them how the Guinness was & they advised me not to worry, that it was excellent. Again, this turned out to be false. I guess the people in restaurants that are tasting these are not Guinnesslovers, they are foodies, & therefore can’t actually tell what a quality pint is.

When the pint arrived I shook the glass & the head seems a little watery, which is the first sign that it may not be up to standard. After about 3 sups the head had dissipated into some fluff-froth & that was that. I struggled on through as the were a nice bunch & I didn’t want to upset anyone but another member of my party mentioned it to the waiter when I was in the bog &, fair play to them, they didn’t charge for it (don’t worry, I’m not a bollix, we overtipped to cover the fact that I did drink most of it!). More establishments should take a leaf out of Darcy’s book in this regard.

The food in here is the best I’ve had when eating-out (I gave them a 5/5 on Tripadvisor), just leave the Guinness for somewhere else.

Seasons Restaurant, Portlaoise – June 2015 (2/4)

Not Guinness time, not here anyway.

As it’s a restaurant, I was a little reluctant to order a pint of Guinness here but the waiter/ proprietor could see I had something to say & he got it out of me. I would have preferred if they sold widget-cans, which generally taste pretty good, but he advised me that the Guinness was good & that I just had to try it to see him proven right, which I obviously did.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t proven right; the Guinness wasn’t up to standard. The head was frothy rather than creamy & the taste was sub-par. I finished the pint but by the end I was squirming somewhat, as is always the case when finishing one of these dodgy ones. You feel like you have to finish it anyway, seeing as how you’ve already paid for it & you think they’ll say you’re bullshitting if you just tell them straight out that it’s not good enough.

This place is fine, just don’t order a Guinness with your meal.