Hennessey’s recent revamp has taken some getting used to but it hasn’t put off its regulars.
Drink, dine and dance is the order of the day here according to the sign outside. It has a red brick exterior and it sits on the corner of the very un-Irish sounding Albion Street. This is the last Irish bar in the village before you get to the city centre.
It was extensively refitted and relaunched not that long ago and now has a rather fine-looking modern two-tier patio outside enclosed by glass panels. Inside it still smacks a little of pre-fab but might need a bit of time to regain that lived-in feel. The floor is pale wood and the metal bar is in the centre with two comfy sofa areas on either side of it.
There’s a DJ booth but it looks like everything is played off MP3. The upstairs area is available for hire and there’s a nice little patio out the back which is set to be extended substantially. It’s open till 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.
It’s frequented by professional people in the week and at the weekend as well as the Irish regulars who were here before the refurb and are still here now.
The Food and Drink
There’s Budweiser, Guinness, Carling, Grolsch and Worthington on tap as well as Beck’s, Magner’s and Budweiser in bottles, plus some Polish beers. On the wine front there are four house whites, two roses and three reds, starting at £7.95 a bottle up to £16.95 for a Radcliffe’s Chablis. A bottle of bubbly will set you back £29. There are sandwiches and steak and a steak and Guinness pie is £5.95 and a grilled Alaskan salmon is £8.95. They do Hennessey coffee too.
The Last Word
Looking a lot smarter, if a little less characterful than before, Hennessey’s has retained its crowd of loyal regulars who, at the end of the day, make it what it is.