It seems a little ridiculous that I’ve gone almost four months without actually eating a full pub meal in Ireland. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done plenty of sides, but I’ve been sorely lacking in a full meal. I think I was mistakenly under the impression that pub food was only burgers–which I get plenty of at home.
Let me just assure you right now: not true.
The lovely pub that served as my first pub meal was Kieley’s, as seen above. Kieley’s is about a five minute walk from my residence, and so it’s the favorite spot of several students to grab a pint and have a conversation (or debate as is often the case). My personal favorite is the Bulmer’s (hard cider), but Kieley’s provides a large assortment of drinks on tap in their lovely, festive bar. Obviously, Christmas is in full swing here in Dublin and the pubs are no different.
My lovely friend, Faith, was in town, and so the two of us went out to dinner. I was eager to show off my favorite pub, and I remembered the signs advertising meal deals I’d seen but never capitalized on. With no real expectations, Faith and I headed in to grab some food and catch up.
I’d always known the staff and Kieley’s was friendly, but I was reminded once again as we stepped in the decorated pub. We grabbed a seat and were quickly asked if we were interested in grabbing a bite. Upon responding positively, we were handed two clip boards with several pages of laminated papers. Although the menus themselves were nothing special, the amount of variety certainly was! Kieley’s provides everything from appetizers to dessert, and if the meal I had was anything to go on, none of it is anything short of delicious.
Faith grabbed a traditional Irish stew and some gluten free garlic bread. I’m told this is fairly difficult to find, so heads up everyone! As you can see, the bowl is quite large, and this hearty stew is quite filling. I went for a BLT ciabatta, and I was not disappointed. The sandwich came with a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup (part of the reason I was so set on the sandwich, honestly) and was served on a rustic wooden cutting board.
I’ve never been let down by Kieley’s, and tonight was no exception. No matter what you’re looking for–a pint, a place to watch the Rugby game, or somewhere to get together with friends–Kieley’s is the place to go. Earlier in the nights tend to be quieter, unless there’s a game on, and later nights can draw a crowd so large it’s impossible to move around. All together, Kieley’s is a great representation of an Irish pub.
If you’re feeling like at night out at a friendly pub, try Kieley’s. You can find it at 22 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4 and check out their website here complete with a menu. Be warned, however, part of the reason Kieley’s serves its menus on homey clipboards is due to its tendency to change and update!