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Read a little bit about The River Inn

The River Inn is Derry’s oldest sited bar, established in 1684, with its history stretching back to before the siege. At the time it fulfilled the three requirements to obtain an Inn’s licence; namely permission to sell punch, provide accommodation and to stable horses. Steeped in history its cellars were used in 1798 to hold Wolfe Tone on his way to execution in Dublin after his capture in Donegal. The original cellars have been converted into the Cellar bar. The River Inn has been run by the Doherty Family for over 40 years. It has always provided a warm friendly atmosphere, good food and great craic. Now the family, who are also owners of the old palace cinema next door to the inn, has decided to extend the bar into the old cinema and create a new complex of bars incorporating The Cellar bar, The Snug and a brand new bar called after the original name of Shipquay Street, ‘Silver St’. A fresh and creative food menu will be available seven days a week. At night there will be regular, local live entertainment. Fronting the new ‘Silver St’ bar will be The Cafe bar. A place to watch the world go by while sampling a selection of teas, coffees and home-made fayre. Enjoy the experience!
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34-38 Shipquay St - Derry - BT48 6DW

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Read some of our TripAdvisor Reviews

It has a lovely atmosphere and the staff are really friendly and efficient. I had the steak and Guinness pie. The gravy or sauce in the pie was gorgeous and it came with roasted veg which was fresh and tasty. There are lots of choice for sides too, I had the garlic saute potatoes. I would definitely go back next time we are in Derry. A Gem.

Julie S
[Dec 2017]

After enjoying our walking tour of the city & experiencing its great history we decided to grab a quick lunch prior to our bus departure. We found this great little bar/pub in the downtown that had a simply great soup, sandwich & beer special. The beer was extra cold & very enjoyable. Waitress staff was friendly & very courteous. Attentive under a very tight time frame. Very reasonable prices. Would recommend.

Conrad S
[Nov 2017]

We tried this restaurant by chance, while we were looking for something still open at 20.00 in the evening. From the outside it looked like a cinema or a theatre, but when we entered, we found ourselves in “the Black lodge”. The place is fantastic, there are velvet curtains, low lights and wonderful black and white tiles. It is worth a visit only for the interior. The food is good and not expensive. We were there for dinner.

Mine T
[Aug 2017]