I had been so happy when the sign went up on the building on the corner of Armistice Blvd and to think that a new Irish pub was opening. But I did not go to check it out. I wanted it to be good and I wanted it to have Irish food as well as drinks. Finally for brunch last weekend I ventured inside. The decor is jsut right--it does not try too hard and it's not trying to be some snug in a Dublin bar. It's more like the neighborhood bar of a small town in Ireland. Nothing fancy, but clean and plain and comfortable. and the barkeep is friendly.
I looked a the menu eagerly--but something basic was missing. More than one thing. Let it be said that there cannot be an Irish breakfast withour Irish brown bread and/or soda bread. Is that my opinion or a fact--you tell me.
Another thing that an Irish pub must have is Irish music. Do any of you remember the BLARNEY STONE the bar that was on Dexter Street in down town Pawtucket. Now they had a great jukebox. So get some Irish music --there is so much of it around..
They do have a good variety of beers in the PUBLICK HOUSE. So that is a great plus. Also need a full supply of every Irish whiskey and a selection of Scotch single malts.
Could certainly use more fish in the menu--more salmon and more mussells. Can never have too many mussells. Certainly need a lamb stew--especiall in the winter. Also need more pictures of Ireland or Irish people or even Irish Americnas especially from the old neighborhoods. So I am glad the Publick House is there --I just wish they cared more about making some Irish soda bread. Surely there are people in Pawtucket who still make Irish soda or Irish brown--my mother made both. .