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Pleasure Island's Raglan Road Pub & Restaurant
‘Raglan Road’ was constructed in Ireland from dismantled old bars and then shipped to Florida’s Disney Pleasure Island to provide a lively pub and huge restaurant – something only Disney would do! Live music and entertainment are performed in the main rotunda, and occasionally a young woman climbs onto a table in the center of the room and does an Irish dance.
Disney created ‘Raglan Road,’ a 400 seat Irish style pub and restaurant at Pleasure Island in Florida and sells full pints of beer. You won’t get a half pint here!
The restaurant food strives to rise above average pub food. The menu was created by Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House Ireland, listed as the restaurant’s chef partner. The descriptions of the selections are somewhat creative.
An interesting starter as an appetizer was the Scallop Forest at $12.95, which included six large scallops breaded and deep fried and served on individual forks stuck in a board on end. A lime and tinged dipping sauce made these quite good. Crab Me Silly at $11.95 was a tart of crabmeat, scallions, potatoes and cheese in a puff pastry shell. Colpucinno at $6.00 is the name given to the potatoe soup, a thin pureed soup with no textural evidence of the potatoes or cabbage, although it did have a slight hint of bacon.
The entree ‘keen eye for the shepherd’s pie’ priced at $15.95 classes itself as a traditional shepherd’s pie and is presented as an individually moulded timbale. The rag-lamb shank at $18.95 is about as close as you’ll get to Irish stew. Kevin’s signature dish, Kevin’s Kudos at $19.95 features roasted loin of bacon (ham).
Raglan Road is open 3-11pm daily and reservations are recommended. There is a full bar and the phone number to ring is 407-938-0300. You’ll find traditional music, familiar ales and even genuine bar fittings rescued from many old bars across Ireland, and the food is an updated version of the Irish classics. For dessert at $7.99 each, the bread pudding or the strawberry and apple crumble are highly recommended. It was a pleasant experience
The pub gets its name from one of Patrick Kavanagh’s poems, which was originally published as ‘Dark Haired Myriam Ran Away’ Although it may not meet your standards of a traditional Irish pub and restaurant, you should still enjoy the lively ambience of the music, pints of Guinness and the creative selection of meals.
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