Frank Ryan’s on Queen street is an eccentric spot, decorated in hundreds of trinkets, and may possibly be the darkest pub in the country. Needless to say, we love it.
It used to be the case that the most you could hope for in terms of a food offering here was a toastie. Don’t get us wrong, it was a fine toastie with a bed of crisps accompanying, but toasties can only satisfy so much when you’re out for a few drinks. Now, the option has changed to something eminently more flavoursome and filling….a pizza.
The pub did for a while become synonymous with Coke Lane Pizza, a separate company named after the lane in which they traded at the back of Frank Ryan’s. Since their departure the pub was making obviously making plans to carry on this newly founded pizza tradition and have created a kitchen within the premises of the pub. We went in to check it out for ourselves and the results are outstanding.
It’s a top quality pizza with a firm base, good quality toppings, and a rich margherita sauce. The options to choose from are varied and include several meaty pizzas, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. It’s a wood fired oven so that should make you happy if you’re a pizza purist.
Just order at the bar, they’ll give you a buzzer to let you know when your pizza is ready and you can collect it from a hatch opposite the bar.
The pizzas will run you between €10-13 and are of a very decent size. We’d say that 1 pizza is fine to share between 2 people and will definitely keep you going over the course of a night.
There’s now practically zero reasons to leave Ryan’s; they’ve got creamy pints, interesting decor, good music, good company, and now excellent pizza.