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John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant

33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
+1 248-474-5941
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Ranked #17 of 68 Restaurants in Farmington
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: American, English, Irish
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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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English first
Farmington, Michigan, United States
Top Contributor
170 reviews 170 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
14 helpful votes 14 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

Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I took my son-in-law out for his birthday along with two other people and we had a really good meal and my son-in-law LOVED the Guinness! We had a couple different appetizers (spring rolls and the brussel sprouts) which were AMAZING!!! Everyone agreed that the atmosphere and food was top notch. We will definitely head there again very soon... BTW...I... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Great place for a good meal and great entertainment on weekends. Family owned and operated for many years.

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Novi, Michigan
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4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I decided to stop in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered the French Dip at the recommendation of the server. It was extremely gristly and tough to the point that I had to be very careful not to choke when half the beef pulled out of the sandwich when I would bite into it. Had to spit some... More

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

Gary K, My name is Brendan Cowley and I am the Executive Chef at John Cowley and Sons. I apologize for the slow turn around time on addressing your issue. I sincerely apologize for our performance during your visit, and I greatly appreciate your feedback. Without knowing our mistakes it's hard to grow and become better as a business. I... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Went here for Valentine's. My wife likes the corn beef spring rolls and I had the fish and chips. Really enjoyed the experience and food.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wow! We stopped here for lunch and the food was amazing! Kids lunches were great! Great service, clean and fast! Could not have been better!!

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Laramie, Wyoming
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25 reviews 25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Have only eaten here once and it was just ok. mostly have been here for happy hour or while attending funerals next door. The bar set up is awesome, exactly what you would expect an irish pub to be. Can be overly loud when bands play since they play in a small venue.

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Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We attended a family dinner there recently, and noticed that everything could use a bit of a pick-me-up, starting with the rear door entrance, which was dirty and covered with grime. This is your first impression of the bar & restaurant, and it's a poor one. The chairs & tables in the restaurant are well-worn and need badly to be... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

The decor is as Irish as Irish can be, right down to the designs on the hardwood floor, the triquetras on a framed garment on the wall and the gothic carved cabinetry for beer and darts! The menu is classic Irish pub fare and delicious to boot. I'll definitely be going back for the spring rolls and fish 'n chips!... More

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Additional Information about John Cowley & Sons Pub and Coolhenry Restaurant

Address: 33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington, MI 48336
Phone Number: +1 248-474-5941
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Farmington
Average Prices: USD 8 - 20
Cuisine: American, English, Irish

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