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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 #15 of 67 Restaurants in Farmington
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: American, English, Irish
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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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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 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 reviews 4 reviews
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

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

Had the potato soup it was a little above avrage the mac and cheese was good need some hot sause to go with it. Started with the irish spring rolls they were great My friend had the fish and chips he said they were above avg. The bar tender was ausum

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Detroit, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

First, the service was good. Nothing fantastic, but good. We were seated quickly and we ordered an appetizer, the Trio. Chicken tenders, potato skins and irish spring rolls. The spring rolls were very good. The chicken tenders and the potato skins were nothing to write home about. The menu had changed since our last visit and they took out one... More

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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94 reviews 94 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

A great place to get a beer after seeing a show at the Civic. I've seen probably seen 50 Amp Fuse more times then I want to admit there. Wait times can be hit or miss, but they have Labatt on tap, and its with in walking distance of my parents house when I stay there during the holidays.

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