This big Irish pub is located in a cellar on a side street near Deak ter. The extensive menu includes veal, steak with Irish ... More
Longford Irish Pub
This big Irish pub is located in a cellar on a side street near Deak ter. The extensive menu includes veal, steak with Irish whisky sauce, pasta and soups. There is also beer on tap. The spacious room has dim lighting and booths and there is a separate area for non-smokers. Parties take place on Saturday nights when the place stays open until late. There is a large, pleasant terrace outside.
fellow travelers,if you somehow manage to get to the longford "irish" bar in budapest, you will be cheated, crooked and conned and if by some miracle you get the right change it will only be because the bar staff have made a mistake. Four of us went to this bar to watch an english soccer game on a sunday afternoon, the order was 4 beers and over the course of the afternoon we each bought 2 rounds of drinks each and we never got the same change twice .
between the four of us we had visited the four corners of the globe and we all agreed that we had never been so blatantly ripped off, and now fellow travelers heed these words = IF A MEMBER OF STAFF IN LONGFORDS IRISH BAR IN BUDAPEST TELLS YOU THE TRUTH, IT,S ONLY BECAUSE THEIR STUCK FOR A LIE!!!!!!.
Having read many horror stories about places like this in Budapest, I had spent 4 days in the city and had managed to avoid any nasty experiences. Thus after a bizarre afternoon visiting "Memento Park" I decided to dine at the nearest place that took my fancy on arriving bck back at Deak Ter.
I had walked back and forth past this place two or three times and although it didn't look anything special, it didn't look like the rip-off joint that it turned out to be, and as there were a few people sitting at its tables, including one with two large families whose children were merrily hopping and skipping about the square, while the other establishment beside it was completely deserted, I naively thought that this indicated that "Longford Irish Pub" would be safe to eat at - boy was I wrong.
I took some time examining the menu before ordering grilled chicken (which was eatable), vegtables, and mashed potato, which was obviously lumpy instant mash snatched off the shelf at the nearest supermarket, possibly as I sat sipping my beer and waiting on the meal.
The meal was approximately 2700 HUF, but the real nasty surprise concerned the two glasses of beer that I foolishly ordered with it without checking their separate drinks menu (not that I was presented with one to check anway, and after reading other reviews I'm sure that even if I had have checked it they would have found another way to rip me off).
During the course of my meal I noticed that there was a rather mean-looking waitress standing outside Longford's entrance watching me eating with what was at the time an unidentifiable expression on her face, which I can now clearly see was the expression of someone who was wickedly assessing how much money I could be swindled out of.
When the total joke of a waiter (of which there were three in total including the aforementioned waitress, all of whom looked dishonest and unpleasant) brought me the bill he had a nasty little smirk on his face, and I could tell he was ready for a confrontation as he pointed to the total which was 6700 HUF, and reminded me that I had also ordered two glasses of beer. As I had finished my meal and ridiculously expensive glasses of Hungarian beer and just wanted to get going, I just paid the scumbag (something I regret now), and headed back to my hotel - the very unplesant walk back caused by my rapidly increasing realisation of the extent to which I had been ripped-off (the same beer in the first class Astoria hotel costs 880 HUF, which is expensive for Budapest, and certainly anything over 1000, unless in a five star establishment, is too much, with 2000 just being ridiculous and a brazen rip-off).
Although this incident didn't clean me out or anything, it really was extremely unpleasant, and I felt almost like I had been raped, complete with a whole range of emotions, from feeling very foolish to very angry. I seriously considered going back to this disgraceful place and confronting the staff, but by the time I realised the extent to which I had been stung, I had wandered out of that area and doubted I would even have been able to quickly find it again without asking people, so I just tried to put it out of my mind and enjoy the rest of my stay in Budapest.
Of course, this place has absolutely no connections with Ireland whatsoever, and I had actually forgotten its full name by the time I got back to my hotel. It was only when I arrived home and done a quick check on Google for a rip-off Irish bar, that this place came up time and time again, and looking at pictures of it the memories came flooding back. I can't believe that this place has been getting away with doing this to people for so long, and that it is allowed to continue. When people speak of "tourist traps" they are usually referring to places aimed at tourists with high prices and poor service, but this is much worse than that, this is criminal. This place really is a "tourist trap" in every sense of the phrase.
Without telling us-the waiters charged us four times the cost of the requested.house wine ,because they said they had no house wine and charged us for some unlisted wine-our complaints were disregarded- -and then they said -Sorry -but hard luck-we asked to see the owner -but were told they were Serbs and not there.
I would not go back there
Wife and I visited in August and were told that the pub - which is downstairs - only opens in winter ???
They have tables outside on the square.
The two staff blokes were not Irish or native English speaking.
The price for two small lagers was not extotionate - until they added on 30% for a "Service Charge" !!!
Be warned !
Went here tonight expecting the usual warm Irish hospitality but boy were we disappointed! The food was average and then came the bill.... the illegible HANDWRITTEN bill which was a lot more than we expected. It was obvious we had been ripped off. DON'T VISIT THIS PUB!!!!!!!
My friend and I went here for lunch during our lunch break.
We ordered a ruccola salad that arrived an hour later with only 3 pieces of ruccola on top of a bowl of iceberg salad. When we complained to the three waiters and the manager, each told us that this was the Hungarian ruccola salad.
The price of the salad was comparatively high and the response of the manager was incredibly disappointing. He treated us like silly tourists who would possibly accept that this is the way it is in Hungary.
I have since learned from other friends who live here, that the Longford is notorious for ripping customers off. Tourists are none the wiser, but for people living here it's not fun.
The seating in the square is lovely, but not exclusive to Longford's. Most places have that and really this is the only positive thing I can offer.
If you're in that square, go to Etno or Replay. Both are fabulous.
An experience never to be repeated.
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