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“Great place”
Review of Walsh's Snug

Walsh's Snug
Ranked #1 of 27 Restaurants in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Irish, Canadian
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Traveling from Toronto to Kingston my family and I stopped here for lunch following positive reviews on web. We received a warm, friendly welcome. Enjoyed great fish and chips, chicken wings and burgers. The place was decorated with all sorts of interesting memorabilia from Ireland. Unfortunately we were unable to stay for a music session which I believe are amazing. The cost was very good value and I would highly recommend it to other visitors.
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Been going to snug for awhile. John Walsh the owner and his staff are amazing the food is always good and beer always cold

Thank mike m
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cadcon, Owner at Walsh's Snug, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

hi mike m , thanks for the great reveiw , im glad you like the place and enjoy the food and the staff , im not sure most people would describe me as amazing lol ,particulary my kids but ill take it . thanks again and hope to see you soon ....slainte john

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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Lovely Irish Pub .Loved listening the many Irish patrons as we ate .Makes me want to visit Ireland once again .

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cadcon, Owner at Walsh's Snug, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

hi forbzie , thanks for the lovely reveiw , glad you enjoyed your visit with us , i love all the accents too , , its funny the west of ireland is exactly like newfoundlands accent , they say words and phrases exactly like galway and mayo. if you do ever want to visit ireland again you should come with us ! the snug does an 11 day tour of the republic twice a year , great fun and you learn a bit of history along the way ...thanks again john

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Reviewed September 4, 2018

Our family goes to the Snug at least once a month and the food is always delicious. The service is friendly and we love their new outdoor patio.

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Thank Deborah D
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cadcon, Owner at Walsh's Snug, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

hi deborah d and thanks so much for taking the time to write such a nice reveiw , imm glad you like the food and the atmosphere and the service and that you take the time to come out from ajax . happy too that you love our new patio , so do we , sad that the weather will be turning soon and we wont be able to sit outside any more , but we can always look forward to next year , thanks again .....john

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Reviewed August 17, 2018

My wife and I have been to the Snug at least four times and, as you can guess, we're big fans. I've also arranged for my photography club to have lunch there on two other occasions when we've been shooting nearby. In short, the food is excellent, and the ambience is terrific. I always recommend the fish and chips. You won't be disappointed.

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cadcon, Owner at Walsh's Snug, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2018

hi david orourke2016 thanks for the great reveiw . im delighted you enjoy the snug so much ,its always great to hear what people feel,good or bad , but mostly good lol...we do our best to create an cozy little pub with real heart and good food and im glad that thats been your experience ...i see o rourke is part of your name so im guessing your more likely to get this place than others . ther was a lot of o rourkes where im from , one of them was a famous bread co ...o rourkes bread , crusty loaves and turnovers hmmm...thanks again john

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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We visited The Snug yesterday for lunch on the new outdoor patio. It was a lovely sunny day. Out of perhaps 10-12 tables only 3 had umbrellas to provide some shade. Most of the umbrellas are in useless locations attached to the outer railings. Chairs were quite uncomfortable, plywood seat with metal back. I ordered a spring mix salad with grilled chicken breast, tomato, bacon bits, cheese, carrots and celery. I asked for easy on the carrots and celery. There were no carrots or celery, the chicken breast was tasteless and no spring mix greens, only chopped romaine. Later when we questioned the lack of carrots and celery were told there was some discrepancy between the menu and what they were currently serving. My beverage glass still had the lipstick from a previous patron on it. I asked for a replacement. The cleanliness of the cutlery was not good either. Although I dislike the mouth feel, I appreciate the environmental nod of using paper straws. However, these ones were huge causing more air to be sucked in than beverage. Please choose a more normal diameter straw. My husband ordered a burger with mushrooms and cheese. He said it was ok but there were only a couple of tiny bits of mushroom in the cheese. The burger was served on a flat wooden board which was a very poor choice considering a lot of juices were running out of the burger and off the board. He had to make a napkin dam so it didn't leak off the table onto his clothes. Finally, the ladies washroom, UGHH! Dirty floor, walls, lid of the waste receptacle & no soap anywhere. We have been to this restaurant several times and have been less and less enchanted each time. Except for my meal today the food has usually been good. My main complaint about The Snug is the uncleanliness. Inside, the tables always feel sticky, seats have definitely seen better days, fabric getting threadbare and not particularly comfortable. The decor while somewhat charming is cloying and overdone. I doubt we will be back.

Thank Susan J
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cadcon, Owner at Walsh's Snug, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2018

hi susan , wow ! you really didnt have a good time at the snug and for that im sorry ...there are a total of eight umbrellas on our patio , some attached to the rail , and some centered on four seater tables , most ajust and flip and can be arched to suit your own particular needs. in the course of the day people move them and ajust them as they see fit , not sure what was happening with your salad , my thoughts are that the server asumed you didnt want carrots or celery , incidently there is never bacon on our garden salad unless requested , , but im sorry you didnt enjoy and had a problem withy the 5 oz fresh chicken breast on top..., the nod to the environment as you put it was on the insistance of my daughter , not a nod but something she felt deeply about as do we , we have also changed all our take out containers to biodegradable , this nod doubles our cost , none of which have we passed on to the customer . my main concern about your reveiw is about cleanliness, we are inspected on a regular basis by durham enviroment and are part of the dine safe programme and in all our years of on the spot inspections , im happy to report we have always passed with flying colours. all our kitchen staff have completed the durham food safety courses , their awards are on display in the hallway out side the kitchen , the glass with lipstick , should not happen , , but on oscasion it does as you know from your other reveiw of a restaurant in ajax ,question about lip-stick on a glass was put to one of the enviromental officers at one of the course i attended and her answer was most lipsticks are waterproof and doesnt always come off during sanitation...im not defending the glass , im explaing how this can happen ,, the washrooms are sanitised every morning , every night an several times during a shift , while i cant vouch for your visit , i find it hard to believe it was in the state you say and an abundance of soap is always stocked, you also talk about the the fabric on the chairs on the inside of our restaurant , and really apart from a leather couch in the back room there is no fabric , so im not sure what you mean , the rest of the decor is all mine im afraid and i make no appoligies for it , sorry if we ruined your day

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