Wetherspoon keeps ‘Forty Foot’ name

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is retaining the name The Forty Foot for its second pub opening in RoI.

Following the opening of the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, just along the coast last July, the 1,000-strong UK pub chain will open its new pub in Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday, December 16th, with the creation of 60 new jobs.

The company has spent €2.8 million developing the outlet on the site of an existing bar in The Pavilion Centre, Marine Road.

The Dun Laoghaire pub will be managed by Dublin-born Will Malone.

The Forty Foot is part of the Pavilion Theatre complex overlooking Dun Laoghaire harbour and is less than a mile from Sandycove’s famous ‘Forty Foot’ bathing area.

Originally known as the ‘Forty Foot Hole’, this deep-water inlet was a ‘gentlemen only’ bathing place for nearly 200 years. It’s now a year-round venue open to all (and to the vagaries of the weather).

Food will be served throughout the day, with breakfast from 8am until 12 noon and the full menu, providing a huge range to suit all tastes, until 11pm every day.

The new-look pub on two floors will feature one bar on each. There’s a pavement café-style terrace and a second floor balcony and terrace overlooking the bay.

Photos, local history, artwork by local artist Patrick Cahill, information boards relating to events, historical buildings and characters of the area, are all displayed in the pub.

See Drinks Industry Ireland’s recent interview with Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin.

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