“Visiting this pub was a unique experience – and that’s putting it mildly.”

A pub in Banagher, Co Offaly has responded brilliantly to a negative review it received in the Sunday World’s ‘Pub Spy’ column.

JJ Houghs, which is known for its Christams ads, was rated two out of five by the paper. 

The critics wrote: “Michael was our barman and he was sporting a lovely peak cap. Visiting this pub was a ‘unique experience’ – and that’s putting it mildly.

“Visitors from abroad, or even Dublin, would find this eye-opening.  

“Apparently they serve pizza but nobody was dining during our visit. Framed MMA gloves look to be the only thing anyway new in a pub that quite possibly has never received a makeover. The bare concrete floor is still visible.”

“The toilets were okay and we left after one drink scratching our heads and wondering if that really just happened.”

However, pub owner Ger Hough has hit back and responded with a hilarious video. 

Taking to Facebook, he said the review “ignores the fact that the pub is a heritage site and protected structure, and the floor they refer to dates back to an old 14th century monastery.”

 He also said the male critics “lacked a female perspective”.

 In the video, Ger claims to take the paper’s advice and goes about renovating his pub, including breaking up the floor and lining the walls with stainless steel.