Part of the heritage listed Norwood Hotel, Finn MacCool's Irish Pub, as its name suggests, offers both Irish pub fare and the foods that you typically see in an Australian pub. The pub offers $14.90 deals on some week nights – Chicken or Beef Schnitzel with chips, salad and your choice of sauce on Tuesday nights, Norwood Burger with chips and your choice of beer on Wednesday nights and Rump Steak with chips, salad and your choice of sauce on Thursday nights to help make eating here more affordable.
One of the traditional Irish fares that can be ordered, the Finn's Beef and Guinness Pie is presented as a pot pie with the filling served in a pot topped with pastry. The beef filling had the texture we desired with the rich taste coming from the Guinness beer used in it. The flaky, crisp pastry was a good contrast to the filling and the mashed potato served with the pie was not too creamy.
Finn's Beef and Guinness Pie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Norwood Burger was of a generous size with a juicy beef patty whose flavour was enhanced by the smoky bacon and barbecue sauce. It also had beetroot, aioli and a fried egg to help tie everything together and the serving of chips that came with the burger was crispy and tasty.
Norwood Burger (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Considered to be a dish that is traditional to Ireland, Irish Stew is a dish featuring lamb stewed with potatoes, onions and carrots. The lamb was tender with some bacon to add a bit of a smoky and salty taste to the dish. Some cabbage helped to add a bit of crunch to the dish and there was a generous amount of sauce. We had to order some bread to mop up the sauce because the dish did not come served with bread.
Irish Stew (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To accompany the Irish Stew, we ordered a serving of Grilled Ciabatta. Although the ciabatta was a bit over-toasted, it still had a delectable garlicy flavour from the garlic butter that was spread over the ciabatta.
Grilled Ciabatta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant and its heavy wooden furniture gave it a rustic feel. You have an option of indoor seating or outdoor seating in the Al Fresco area.