The Pigeon House, Clontarf

The Pigeon House
11b Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3


I was lucky enough to visit The Pigeon House just as the evenings started to get brighter so the coastal drive out to Clontarf was a gorgeous baby blue and pink haze. Choosing for each course was pretty difficult as I could only narrow it down to three choices each time and had to go for an eenymeeny– miny-moe scenario and went with pork belly as a starter and a reliable steak as my main. I was on the dry that night but my mouth was watering at the cocktail menu. Next time…


What has it got?

Seating:  All of the chairs have moveable chairs (no arms rests) and some of them have fixed benches against the wall.

Doors:  The doors are all wide enough for a wheelchair. However, there are two sets of double doors at the front door so you might need a hand with those.

Ground:  Wooden floorboards.

Stairs: It’s all flat in here.


Bathrooms: They have a wheelchair bathroom that measures just under 60×80 but the door opens inwards, meaning that you have to do some tight parking to shut it.

Spaciousness: You have a nice clear run from the front of the restaurant to the back but they store baby chairs beside the accessible bathroom so you will have to ask someone to clear those.

Helpfulness of Staff: The staff here are incredibly friendly and really helpful. They warned me about the door of the bathroom before I got there and cleared the way.

Parking: There is no wheelchair parking outside The Pigeon House and there’s just regular street parking on Vernon Avenue available.


Rating: 8.5/10
Why did it lose points? The accessible bathroom is quite tight but the manager did mention that they will be changing the door to open outwards so that there will be more space. Currently, it is quite tight in there so once they sort that out and keep the baby chairs stored elsewhere, it would be a perfect 10. 

About the author

Louise Bruton

Reviewing Dublin, step by step, in terms of wheelchair accessibility. Freelance journalist and pop culture enthusiast.

1 Comment

  • Thank you for your reviews. When my power chair is up and running again, I plan to follow up your concise and helpful reviews. In time I’ll add some of my own.

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