When one visits Dublin it is a given that they will be eating more than they can and every second drink may very well be a Guinness. Then of course there is the famous Arthur's Pub in Thomas Street which of course, serves Guinness and also uses it in cooking to create their signature Beef & Guinness Casserole.
Arthur's is the nearest pub on the route to major tourist attraction of the city,The Guinness Storehouse, and is a popular little watering hole for tourists and locals alike. It is also dubbed to be the only place that has the freshest pint of Guinness in all of Ireland, this may purely be as it is so closely situated to the brewery.
Being a classic olden pub, much of its authenticity and heritage is intact in the stunning interiors of the venue. Polished wooden floors, brick walls and even a fire place. The venue is warm and cosy with a great homely atmosphere.
Now to the food. The venue takes traditional Irish meals and pub grub and delivers on quality every time. At a reasonable price for mains, it is a great place to finish up after your tour of the Guinness Storehouse.
This is exactly what my friends and I did. having toured the seven levels of the landmark factory, we finished up at Arthur's Pub scanning the menu to satisfy our hungry tummies.
I decided to go for the Beef & Guinness Casserole; which is comprised of a slow roasted daube of beef, root vegetables, pearl onions and button mushrooms in a rich Guinness broth, topped with a puff pastry flat cap and served on mash. Couldn't think of anything better considering it was one degree outside.
The hearty meal cost me a mere €7.95 for a small serve (which was still ample in size, the large costing roughly €13) which arrived quite promptly and was just as delicious as I had imagined. The beef was so tender it fell apart in my mouth and the pastry was light and fluffy with a slight crunch, providing a great balance of flavours.
If you and your friends or family are travelling to Dublin, I recommend you stop by to this 200 year old pub. Interesting facts is that the venue lights a real turf fire everyday, plays an eclectic mix of Irish music and has live music sessions in the evenings. They offer wholesome food at reasonable prices, seven days a week.
Beef & Guinness Casserole @ Arthur's Pub (photo by @neelsmcgee)