For over 15 years, Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant has been a guest favorite at Disney Springs and one of my favorite spots for an occasional #TreatYourself lunch. All their entrees are superb, but I can never get enough of starter Soda Bread and Guinness Reduction Sauce! It always feels like I’m stepping right into Ireland as soon as I enter the restaurant and that’s because most of the interior was actually built in Ireland and shipped to Orlando. (Cool, right?!) While you never need a reason to celebrate at Raglan Road, the annual Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival will be held March 15-17 this year and is a perfect time to visit! Here are a few highlights to expect this year:
Live Entertainment: You can always find amazing live music at Raglan Road, there will be even more jam-packed talent at the festival. The line-up includes but not limited to the Young Dubliners, one of Celtic rock’s hardest working bands and the festival headliner; Ben Gunnery, Irish music superstar and multi-instrumentalist; Briste, a female duo with a mix of country, folk and Irish traditional music; The Byrne Brothers, an Irish music family featuring Dempsey (age 9), Finn (age 12) and Luca (age 14) playing alongside their father Tommy; The Raglan Roots Coalition, an edgy house band known for its soul-rockin’ Celtic bluegrass funky beats and High Road, three talented musicians hailing from Ireland with a crowd-pleasing symphony of traditional Irish songs, among others.
Authentic Irish Grub: The classic fish and chips are always at the top of my list as a “must-have” but don’t forget that Raglan Road boasts an incredible menu of Irish pub favorites and brilliantly reimagined classics. If you’re looking to try something new, I recommend the Guinness-infused Bangin’ Bangers and Mighty Mash (that’s sausage and mashed potatoes Irish-style) or “In Cod’s Way”, a pan-seared north Atlantic cod with lemon, herb crusted potatoes, garden peas, with a tomato and caper butter sauce. Of course, there’s always a mighty selection of brews, whiskeys, and cocktails to cap off your dining experience.
Family-Friendly Fun: Bring the whole family and catch the ever-popular Raglan Road Irish Dancers plucked from the world’s greatest Irish dance shows. Catch them intermittently throughout the festival and learn traditional Irish dance steps from the pros with no experience necessary! Dress everyone in their best green garb and enjoy complimentary face painting March 15 from 3-9 p.m. and March 16-17 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (The perfect opportunity to capture a cute Instagram picture!
For those planning to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to plan ahead for the fun! On March 17, guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis with a cover charge of $10 for each guest age 18 and older. Reservations can be booked for other festival days, including brunch, by calling 407-938-0300.
If you’re in need of a little outfit inspiration, I suggest stopping by the Shop for Ireland right outside the restaurant for apparel and accessories that will help you capture the true Celtic spirit. In the meantime, be sure to visit raglanroad.com for more details to plan your weekend!