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The Ceili Cottage

Postby velovampire » Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:27 pm

Patrick McMurray's (of Starfish fame) new Queen & Leslie/Greenwood Irish pub/restaurant has opened its doors. It was discussed a bit in The Roy thread, and Troy had an article about it on his blog, but I thought it warrants its own thread. Cycled by tonight on my way home from work and was so happy to see it FINALLY open and the patio packed. Didn't get a chance to pop in for a pint, but will try to in the next couple of days and report back with a tap list (unless someone else does so first - Troy? Malcolm?). A very welcome addition to the 'hood.
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Postby TwoPint » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:41 am

I dropped by this morning around 11:30. It looks spiffy but I wonder if it's officially open. No signage. Tipped-over picnic table blocking access.
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Postby Spab » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:15 pm

I believe that last night was the first night it was open but there was some fundraiser being held for the dance school behind the place. I've heard that there will be 11 taps (apparently only a few were pouring last night) with a handful of Diageo ones, Church Key Lager, Hop Addict, O'Hara's Stout, some other stuff, including things from Mill St. and McAuslan and 1 cask (think it's supposed to be something from Durham at least to start). The website doesn't show anything right now, but as far as I know it should be open for business going forward.
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Postby Garthicus » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:42 pm

I'm sitting here at the ceili cottage as I type this. What an interesting and unusual space. I like it. There's 8 taps so far and a cask engine, I'm having Red Dragon and considering some oysters.
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Postby Garthicus » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:31 pm

Awesome place. The Hop Addict is in great shape. Patrick tells me there's
only a 5 foot draw for the Guinness tap and up to a max 15 feet. Super!

Had some fresh bread and butter, picked egg and some fresh Irish oysters. Yum.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:13 am

Garthicus wrote:.......... picked egg .....................



What beer did you pair with that one Al? heheh :lol: :lol:
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Postby Pub Style » Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:01 am

I stopped by last night for a pint with Eric (Viggo) and we ended up staying for 3. Terrific place. When I met up with Patrick back in March the building was a shell with dirt floors and I wondered how he would get it to meet his high expectations - he has exceeded wonderfully.

The Cottage is very close to my house and right on the streetcar route home - gonna be dangerous on my wallet.
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Postby Garthicus » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:55 am

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Postby sstackho » Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:39 pm

Is there a full food menu beyond oysters, eggs and cheese? If so, how is it?
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Postby Garthicus » Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:57 pm

I haven't had anything else however the menu is very local (heavy emphisis on Ontario goods) and seems very reasonable. The daily specials are pretty neat as they run on the old style of a big side of meat on a Sunday, then sandwiches on monday, a stew on tuesday etc utilizing all of the meat throughout the week :-)

Their Irish breakfast (avail weekends only) looks superb - I can't wait to have some.
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Postby sstackho » Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:04 pm

Thanks. We're going to try to check it out tonight for an early supper (with two kids in tow :o ) though I'm guessing that there's a good chance it will be too busy (or just not appropriate to have the wee ones there) so our backup plan is Lahore Tikka House (yum).
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Postby Garthicus » Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:32 pm

They seem very family friendly and there's a huge patio - let us know how you get on!
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Postby sstackho » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:18 pm

Spab wrote:The website doesn't show anything right now, but as far as I know it should be open for business going forward.


Lots of info on the website now, such as the menu.
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Postby Belgian » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:53 pm

I love the look of the place, must drop in. It's on the way home for me too.
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Postby sstackho » Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:26 pm

We did make it there tonight. The setting is very nice. The indoor section is small but full of nooks and crannies. Very cool. The patio is large for the area (capacity of 40) and was full up shortly after we arrived. Nice touches like seashells embedded in the concrete.

On the beer menu, I was interested in the Durham Red Dragon on cask, and the Hop Addict. Unfortunately, they were out of the Red Dragon tonight. My wife tried a sample of the Church-Key Lager, but it didn't impress so she also had a Hop Addict, which was very good as always. They also offer Mill Street Organic Lager, so I think there is room to change the Church-Key offering to something more interesting.

The food menu is short. I went for the Mac & Cheese & Sausage, and my wife had the Bangers and Mash. It ended up being the same sausage presented two different ways, and the mains were OK but ultimately underwhelmed.

We struck gold with the desserts. She had the sticky toffee pudding and gave me The Look of Death after I took a second forkful of it. (It reminded me of the time I tried to take too many of her frites at C'est What.) I went for the dark chocolate & Bailey's tart. I didn't get much Bailey's out of it, but the chocolate was rich and delicious. Yum.

A solid and unique addition to the neighbourhood.

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