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Pubs in Halifax: laurels and brickbats

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Pubs in Halifax: laurels and brickbats

starlings | Sep 15, 2009 11:31 AM

With the cold weather and the Season of Brown Food approaching, and so many "authentic" pubs opening in Halifax, I thought it might be useful to start a thread on the topic.

Krisie recently posted about Elephant & Castle:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/650875

I tried Durty Nelly's, a new "Irish-style" pub on Argyle recently. The owners have put a lot of effort into the decor, which apparently was inspired by a Pub in a village in Clare, but it is big room and though it is well thought-out, it still has a "pub kit" vibe. Note that the menu items painted on the facade are purely decorative. There is no shepherd's pie on the menu. I had Irish stew. The serving was very large. It wasn't richly flavoured, but it was appropriately simple (lots of carrot, a some potato, I may have noticed a bit of turnip) and pretty good. It came topped with dumplings which were called "gnocchi" in the menu. They were good dumplings (light, soft in texture, nicely bland), but not very good gnocchi, so let's call them dumplings instead. My companion had the Kilkenny battered haddock sandwich, which he declared a bit greasy but otherwise tasty. He liked the fries, which were made from frozen and wedge-shaped, with skins.

Neither of us liked the house ale, which we found a bit over-carbonated and lacking in character.

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