Having never been to Ireland I can't attest to the authenticity of Fiddler's Hearth. Fiddler's Hearth is an Irish Pub that has opened in South Bend, IN during the past year. I finally went and am glad I did.
My wife and I went to dinner tonight and will say the ambience was what you would expect. Rough older tables setup throughout. All mismatching, including chairs. Live music later in the evening but a nice comfortable background of Celtic music playing. Not loud, just enough to hear and have a good conversation. Beverage menu was good. I had a Bass Pale Ale and enjoyed it.
For dinner my wife had Bangers and Mash which is a traditional Irish banger sausage served with chunky mashed potatoes & hearty Guinness gravy. Plus a side vegetable which was broccoli. My wife chose a ham and potato soup to go with it. I enjoyed a spoonful but I had salad. While she did not particularly care for her meal (picky eater). I tasted hers and thought it was very good. The only reason I didn't get it was I had heard the Fish & Chips were great and we try to order differently. My wife liked the fish & chips much better.
The Fish & Chips were large cod fillets battered in a malt vinegar and beer batter, deep fried, and served with chips. The meal was served wrapped in wax paper and then wrapped with copies of the local newspaper. The tartar sauce was very good. The cod was excellent. Moist, tender, flaky and not greasy. Fries had a very good flavor also. We did not have desert. Dinner was 24.03 for both of us. Prices are less before 5:00 pm, which I will remember.
I will return and try the Molly Malone Stew which looks very good. The menu is fairly extensive and I look forward to several future meals. Fiddler's Hearth is open every day and has a Sunday brunch.
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