Many years ago I lived and worked in Cork. One of the places I regularly hung out in was The Long Valley Bar on Winthrop Street in the city center. I remember it as a long and narrow pub filled with conversation and laughter. It was a great place for a pint, with good company, and it served the best sandwiches……..
Recently I visited the city again as part of a viking adventure, so we decided to stay an extra couple of days; a chance to visit old haunts!
We made our way to the ‘Valley’, mainly to see who would be there, and if it had changed much since I left. On walking in the door, I instantly thought it was wider. It turned out that there had been some renovations and the bar had indeed been moved to give customers more room.
When the owner remembered my name I was speechless; I left Cork over twenty years ago. Question was did they remember me for good or bad reasons?!! Well, it mustn’t have been all bad as they didn’t throw me out!
Sandwich ordered we sat and waited. When it arrived it didn’t disappoint! They are freshly made, looked amazing and tasted as good as it looked.
We went back the next night for a few pints. The pub was quite empty, but it was a Monday night after all. There was a poetry reading club in the bar upstairs; form the laughter and chat that we could hear, it sounded like a pretty social gathering! Where we were in the bar, the conversation was good; and it felt good to be back there!
If you’re ever in Cork and looking for a place to go, drop in and say hi!! And don’t forget the sandwich…….
You can also check them out on their website; http://www.thelongvalleybar.com/
They’re also looking for old photos of the pub and the clientele.