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John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant

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33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
+1 248-474-5941
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Description: Established in 1972 John and Marie Cowley opened a small classic Irish pub...
Established in 1972 John and Marie Cowley opened a small classic Irish pub in Farmington, Michigan in 1972. This traditional watering hole became a cornerstone in the Farmington community. In early 2002, the second generation of Cowleys stepped in to build upon the foundation that was laid down by John and Marie. The old pub was torn down and a new beautiful two story building was constructed. Fast forward 8 years of giving the Metro Detroit area a consistent dose of Irish hospitality, the third generation of Cowleys have come home to help expand John and Marie's legacy. Brendan Cowley and his wife Amy Cowley are now driving the business into the future. Both are graduates of one of the best culinary schools in the world, The Culinary Institute of America, and are using their training and experience to bring a new vision to John Cowley and Sons. As Brendan has put it, "Our mission, is to provide a pub with a warm and inviting atmosphere that serves high quality, unpretentious food and drink."
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Relaxing atmosphere in a great location

Cowley's is a favorite whenever strolling through downtown Farmington. Favorites on the menu are the Traverse City salad with dried cherries and the potato soup. They also have good Irish appetizers. It's fun to get a table by the window and people watch or to sit outside in nice weather.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Farmington, Michigan
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Farmington, Michigan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Cowley's is a favorite whenever strolling through downtown Farmington. Favorites on the menu are the Traverse City salad with dried cherries and the potato soup. They also have good Irish appetizers. It's fun to get a table by the window and people watch or to sit outside in nice weather.

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Novi, Michigan, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Nice pub with decent food. Good salads and potato soup. Hamburgers large and typical pub fare. Good selection of beer.

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We often meet friends at Cowley's, as there is always something good on tap, and the prices are reasonable. We love the fish dishes.

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West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

John Cowley & Sons Pub transformed a few years ago from just another neighborhood bar and grille into a modern Irish Tavern design. This is not one of the "out of the box" Irish pub installations but a thoughtful, family oriented, multi-functional restaurant that can satisfy a variety of tastes. Downstairs is a good old fashioned Irish dining room with... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

As always an EXCELLENT experience. In town for a funeral (normally warm in AZ this time of the year) and our only "real" evening meal (we came in town Thursday eve and left Sunday morning) it did not disappoint. My mom and sister had the steak and I went for the fish and chips All were excellent We were able... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We try to make it here at least once a month. Great local place that supports the community. Lots of Michigan beers and the fish and chips is always good

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75 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is the place to be. The bar is well stocked. The shepherd's pie is to die for. To. Die. For. I love the ambience of the place. Parking was surprisingly hard to find; is Farmington, right? But worth the walk!!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Terrible service and bar tender. Learn how to make a drink and smile. Rude. Asked for a recommended drink and she had none. Really? Pathetic.

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Farmington, Michigan, United States
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201 reviews 201 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We went for lunch on a Sunday early afternoon and nobody was there, only one guy at the bar. They took our favorite dish off the menu a while ago now. They apparently change the menu every month. Nothing inspiring on this month's menu. There was not much corned beef on the reuben any more. We are wondering what happened... More 

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Brendan C, Manager at John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant, responded to this review

Ralph R, Thank you very much for giving me feedback on your experience. It is truly important to me, and I appreciate it. I apologize that I took off your favorite menu item. I would like to continue this conversation and learn more about your experience and how we can improve. If you could, please email me @ brendan.cowley@johncowleys.com Thank... More 

North America
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I'm no expert on Irish pubs, but the food here didn't seem particularly authentic. Chicken Tenders? Traverse City Salad? Chorizo Mac and Cheese? Blackened Perch? I wish that I'd inspected the menu prior to our visit, because it was truly disappointing to go, expecting to find offerings like shepherd's pie, colcannon, bangers and mash, and Guinness stew. What we ordered... More 

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Brendan C, Manager at John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant, responded to this review

LilCapalini, Thank you very much for telling me about your experience. Without feedback like yours, it is very hard for my business to improve and grow. I would like to talk to you about your experience and about your expectations that we did not exceed. If you could, please email me @ brendan.cowley@johncowleys.com Thank you, Brendan Cowley Executive Chef John... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Farmington
  • Phone Number: +1 248-474-5941

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Irish, English

Description

Established in 1972 John and Marie Cowley opened a small classic Irish pub in Farmington, Michigan in 1972. This traditional watering hole became a cornerstone in the Farmington community. In early 2002, the second generation of Cowleys stepped in to build upon the foundation that was laid down by John and Marie. The old pub was torn down and a new beautiful two story building was constructed. Fast forward 8 years of giving the Metro Detroit area a consistent dose of Irish hospitality, the third generation of Cowleys have come home to help expand John and Marie's legacy. Brendan Cowley and his wife Amy Cowley are now driving the business into the future. Both are graduates of one of the best culinary schools in the world, The Culinary Institute of America, and are using their training and experience to bring a new vision to John Cowley and Sons. As Brendan has put it, "Our mission, is to provide a pub with a warm and inviting atmosphere that serves high quality, unpretentious food and drink."

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