I really like this place - as far as Irish bars go, this is probably the best one I have been to in the UK. Quite a large bar area with a substantial sized restaurant that serves beautiful traditional irish fayre. The food is really good & reasonably priced & the sunday carvery dinner is fantastic (very generous portions!)
O'gradys shows all the major sporting events on the big screen & also shows the sunday gaelic football & hurling matches. They are also very big on rugby games - Great atmosphere, Great place :0)
Seven Kings has changed a lot in recent years. The community is now very Asian, which is represented by the shops and businesses which now line along the high street. The Seven Kings of yesteryear is now lost in the wind, except for the lovely gem of a place that is O'Gradys.
Irish Bars are everywhere. They're often pretty annoying, and not very Irish at all. But O'Gradys is the exception to the rule. Irish-owned, many Irish staff and is frequented, in the main, by the Irish. I'm not Irish, at least not fully - but I am really comfortable here. It has a real friendly, family vibe to it; even when it's crammed full of people on a Saturday night.
I should warn you that if the Irish Rugby or football team are playing, you're going to have a hard time getting to the bar. It's worth it though. If you're Irish, this will feel like home; as opposed to many of the Irish bars in Central London which feel just like the Irish bars in New York or in Ibiza or wherever; just a stupid ploy to get the English and Irish to spend their money.
I've had some fun nights here; and as I touched upon previously; it's just nice to find somewhere in the Ilford area that isn't tainted by attitude. I wouldn't necessarily make the trip out to Essex especially; but if you're in the area you could do a lot worse than go to O'Gradys.
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