Treacy’s Bar & Restaurant

The Heath, Portlaoise
Treacy’s bar and restaurant is situated on The Heath, a picturesque rural town on the outskirts of Portlaoise.
A beautiful, historical building, Treacy’s has retained its traditional thatched roof, pebble dash walls and shuttered windows.
Opened in 1780 and passed down through eight generations of the Treacy family, Treacy’s is one of the oldest pubs in Ireland and it has a legendary reputation for good service and great food. It is a favourite with sports enthusiasts and has a wide following among the GAA community. The family have sponsored the local The Heath GAA team, as well as the Laois Ladies minor hurling team in the past.
David Sims has been head chef at Treacy’s for the past 29 years. With two sisters who are trained as chefs and a daughter following in his footsteps, cooking is definitely a family business.

Using the best local ingredients, David creates traditional dishes with a modern twist. He has been using Irish Hereford Prime beef for the past 12 years and firmly believes that it can’t be beaten in terms of flavour or quality. It is a firm favourite on the menu and David uses it in a variety of dishes.

“You can’t beat a Hereford Steak, they’re as good as it gets.”

David’s favourite cut is a rib eye, and he insists that the best way to cook it is to keep it simple, the beef speaks for itself, so there’s no need to marinade it or overcomplicate the preparation.

“A hot pan is the most important thing, so the flavour is sealed in, and the steak doesn’t start to stew.”

The consistent of quality of Hereford Prime is the main reason that David continues to serve it to his discerning customers, he knows that its tenderness and taste will ensure customer satisfaction time and time again.

“You can always stand over the quality of Irish Hereford Prime, put it on the plate and you know it won’t be coming back to the kitchen.”

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