Guinness at O'Hare's Pub

Goodmorning!  To anyone who celebrated St. Paddy’s Day with a vengeance, I wish you a speedy recovery today (though we all know that’s unlikely).  Jillian, Heather, and I honoured St. Patrick yesterday at O’Hare’s Pub in Richmond, though we managed to keep the pints (and therefore headaches) to a minimum!

The River Rock Tramonto and Buffet

We first enjoyed a relaxing morning at The River Rock, day 2 of my pre-birthday staycation.  I’ve now had the pleasure of dining in both Tramonto and the River Rock Buffet, and slumbering like a queen in one of their rooms.  We had a beautiful view of the river, which was extra nice because……

River Rock bedroom

…….when we woke up in the morning, we were treated to….SUN!  I nearly cried at the sight of it.  If The River Rock arranged that too, I salute them.

The River Rock Casino and Resort

Once we’d packed up our things, we headed down to O’Hare’s Pub on Steveston Highway.  It’s run by Erinn and Grant, who took over the family business from Erinn’s parents.

O'Hare's Pub

It was packed when we arrived, but we still managed to get a table near the window, in the ‘library’ like section of the pub.  The pub is classically Irish, with a variety of food on the menu and specials on yesterday just for St. Patrick.

O'Hare's Pub specials

In tribute to the day, we ordered 3 pints of Guinness, but the pub also has an ever-growing craft beer list that would also be worth stopping in for.

pints of Guinness

For lunch, we split a steak and mushroom pie, and asked for a side of soda bread, which they were serving with their stew.  I absolutely adore Irish soda bread, and crave it especially when I’m drinking beer.  One of my fondest memories of Ireland is spending the night in a small town pub and being fed basket after basket of soda bread by the bartender.  I just couldn’t get enough of it.

Irish soda bread

So here’s some very good news – the steak and mushroom pie ($13.99) was one of the best I’ve ever had.  Not just in Richmond, but anywhere.

O'Hare's Pub steak and mushroom pie

The chef at O’Hare’s knows how to cook, and knows how to season food.  That might seem like an obvious skill, but it’s not often present, especially in pubs.  The pie was served in a round casserole dish and sealed with a large cap of golden pastry, with phenomenal gravy that was rich, savoury, and packed with flavour without being too salty.

steak and mushroom pie

The chunks of steak were perfectly tender, with pastry that was buttery and flaky.  This St. Paddy’s pot pie was pretty much perfection.  Pleasing, pleasant, and positively plumb pretty!

steak and mushroom pie

It was served with crispy fries and a scoop of mushy peas, another side dish so rarely seasoned well.

mushy peas

These were actually tasty!  Once all the pastry was consumed, we began dipping our fries in the gravy, a combination so excellent we were tempted to order the poutine.

The soda bread with butter was great; we had it with a small bowl of Irish stew that Erinn brought for us to taste.  Again, it was beautifully done, with big chunks of fork-tender lamb, potatoes, carrots, and a not too thick but hearty gravy.

Irish stew

For dessert, we had a slice of their Jameson bread pudding, which came with spiked crème anglaise and a tall swirl of whipped cream.

Jameson Bread Pudding

It was soft, eggy, and barely sweet – just the right dessert for those who’ve been consuming stout and don’t want too much sugar.

Jameson Bread Pudding

At 1pm, the whole pub was treated to a performance by some local Irish dancers, who were sweet as can be and VERY good.

Irish dancers at O'Hare's Pub

Irish dancers at O'Hare's Pub

Irish dancers at O'Hare's Pub

Irish dancers at O'Hare's Pub

Irish dancers at O'Hare's Pub

They came around with a hat afterwards for donations, and I snapped a picture of these two darlings.

Irish dancers at O'Hare's Pub

I highly recommend O’Hare’s Pub, and hope I soon have an excuse to go back.  In case anyone’s post-Paddy’s headache extends until next weekend, here’s what to do: head to O’Hare’s for their Saturday or Sunday brunch, and order the Hangover breakfast: poutine topped with BBQ pulled pork, two poached eggs and hollandaise.  Yup, you read that right.

O'Hare's Pub

Thanks again to the River Rock Casino and Resort for our lovely staycation, and to all the fine folks at O’Hare’s Pub for a cozy afternoon spent celebrating St. Patrick!

O'Hare's Pub

 

O’Hare’s Gastropub and Liquor Store

5031 Steveston Highway, Richmond BC

604-277-2305

Cash and cards accepted

Vegetarian options available