LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Disney Springs guests discover a true slice of Ireland at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, known more than a decade for its authentic contemporary Irish cuisine and daily live music and dance performances. Owned and operated by an Irish company, Raglan Road features award-winning fare by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, host of the award-winning PBS/Create TV cooking series, “Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food” and “Kevin Dundon’s Back to Basics.”
Raglan Road delivers a dining experience infused with genuine Irish hospitality for guests seated inside one of the restaurant’s dining rooms, as well as for those choosing to dine on the patio overlooking Disney Springs. The restaurant is furnished with custom pieces designed and built by Irish craftspeople, as well as century-old antiques, ornamentation and bric-a-brac shipped to Central Florida from Dublin. Four distinct antique walnut and mahogany bars, each more than 130 years old and imported from Ireland, serve as focal gathering areas. A century-old church pulpit is now a dance podium in the center of the pub’s Grand Dining Room, and the room’s main stage and snugs – private rooms fashioned after those built for women patrons of old public houses – have been elegantly refurbished.
To complete the pub’s authenticity and, in keeping with tradition, a wide selection of cold, creamy Irish beers and fine Irish whiskeys are served. Through its years of operation, Raglan Road has become the top U.S. seller of Guinness beer and also has become known for its beer flights and impressive wine and cocktail lists.
Traditional and contemporary Irish music and step dance performances create a spirited ambience daily from late afternoon through closing and during the Rollicking Raglan Weekend Brunch. Guests are encouraged to sing, clap and dance to the lively performances, and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers create opportunities for children to take the stage and have fun learning some Irish dance steps.
Raglan Road has built a loyal local and international following, winning numerous national and local honors and awards that include Orlando magazine’s readers’ choice Best Restaurant award. Raglan Road also has been inducted into the Trip Advisor “Hall of Fame” of five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the world’s largest travel site.
Each March, Raglan Road hosts multi-day St. Patrick’s Day events that feature top Irish bands and dancers, face painting and wearing-of-the-green festivities in celebration of the occasion. For four days during each Labor Day weekend, Raglan Road invites guests to Central Florida’s only boutique Irish festival – the Great Irish Hooley — showcasing top Irish bands on the festival circuit combined with Irish dance, face painting, food and libations.
Know for its beer-battered fish and chips, seasonal farm-to-fork specialties and the freshest cold-water seafood flown in regularly, Raglan Road also offers a menu of gluten-free dishes. Dundon, one of Ireland’s best-known and most celebrated chefs, works with a large culinary team to develop dishes with modern flair and Celtic creativity that are served for lunch, dinner and late nights, as well as during weekend brunch. With training in Ireland, Switzerland and Canada, Dundon has cooked for celebrities and heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II and Bono. His credits also include founding and running the award-winning Dunbrody House cookery school, hotel and restaurant in Wexford, Ireland. He has cooked at the prestigious James Beard Foundation in New York.
Adjacent to Raglan Road, Cooke’s of Dublin is a quick-service location where fish and chips, battered burgers and other casual fare are available. Raglan Road also features a recently remodeled shop known for its Irish-designed clothing and merchandise that includes branded kitchen linens, exclusive porcelain dishware, Irish perfumes and lotions, jewelry and Dundon’s cookbooks.
“Having built more than 400 Irish pubs in the four corners of the world, we believe that this is our best expression yet,” said Paul Nolan, Raglan Road co-founder and co-owner. “We are incredibly proud and excited to continue bringing the best of Ireland to Disney Springs.”
The story of Raglan Road begins on the south side of Dublin. Renowned Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh wrote a love poem entitled, “Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away” that became a song in the 1960s called “On Raglan Road,” by Irish folk singer Luke Kelly. “Raglan Road” has become a seminal Irish song and has since been covered by such artists as U2, Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison. As a tribute to Patrick Kavanagh, a specially commissioned bronze sculpture of the poet sits outside Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at Disney Springs.
About Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
Owned and operated by Irish partners John Cooke, Paul Nolan and celebrity chef Kevin Dundon, whose Great Irish Pubs Florida, Inc., previously created Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Raglan Road features traditional Irish dishes and new creations with a Celtic twist. The restaurant’s warm interior of aged walnut and mahogany woods from old Irish bars and churches was built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. Live entertainment nightly and during weekend brunch features Irish house bands and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers. Lunch is served 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner 3-11 p.m.; Bar menu 11 p.m.-late; Saturday and Sunday Rollicking Raglan Brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at Disney Springs in the Walt Disney World Resort, 1640 E. Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Visit www.raglanroad.com or call 407/938-0300.