John McCullagh March 31, 2005

Johnny Murphy’s Pub and Restuarant are located in Meigh, four miles from Newry on the road to Forkhill.

The Killeavy area in general. and the restaurant, nestle beneath a brooding Slieve Gullion, rightfully designated an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty".

Johnny Murphy’s pub has undergone a few radical changes.  From humble beginnings as the village bar the establishment has expanded to include a lounge, sports bar and restaurant. The clever thing is that it has retained the charm of the original bar.


 
 

Murphy’s is my local pub and I have availed of the pub grub many times over the years.  Others travel some distance to sample the fine steaks.

Shortly after Christmas the new restaurant area upstairs was opened and I have since eaten in the restaurant three times. I am becoming quite a fan.

The Atmosphere

The best thing about the restaurant is that it is non-smoking and even the smokers seem to agree that this is a good thing (you can always nip downstairs for one anyway). The decor is very modern but retains many of the charms of the original building such as the stone work.

The Food

The menu is varied and interesting and I have found myself torn between the options. The menu includes many Steak dishes, Chinese dishes and a few Italian dishes – there is something for everyone! On my first visit I settled for the Surf ‘n Turf – Fillet Steak with King Prawn. On my second visit I had Barbary Duck and on my third visit Fillet Steak Medallions in a creamy mushroom sauce. On all three occasions I found the quality of the food to be excellent.
I cannot comment on the wine on offer as the Guinness at Murphy’s is too good to pass up.

The Staff

The staff at Murphy’s are great and all local. The service times were perfect and waiting staff were helpful, down-to-earth and polite.

The Prices

The restaurant offers good value and while the prices are a little more expensive than the pub grub downstairs it is fair for the quality and menu on offer. On my visits I found myself paying around

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