We had heard about the Garryowen Pub in, of all places, Niagara Falls when staying at a B & B with a family that performed Civil War reenactments. They absolutely raved about it, so our recent trip to Gettysburg we had to pay it a visit.
The restaurant has a quaint and unassuming front on Chambersburg Street, but it's well worth the effort finding it. We visited for lunch, and the first thing that gathered my attention was a favorite Irish beer, Kilkenny, that they had on tap!! For those of you that enjoy a pleasant pint of ale, definitely give it a try.
After sipping my draft I couldn't help but wander around a bit, just to check out the Irish décor throughout the restaurant. The place is separated into a couple of rooms ... the main bar (with tables) was what you were presented with when you initially walked in, all adjacent to the main dining area to the left and down a stair or two (all separated by the bar wall).
The menu offered a diverse selection, with a section dedicated to the more traditional Irish fare. I ended up with the Shepherd's Pie, and our travel partners the Dublin Fish and Chips. OMG, what an EXCELLENT meal served to us!! The portions were as would be expected in an Irish pub, BIG!!! If you're leaving this restaurant hungry, well, I'm thinking it's your own fault :)
And, at the end of lunch when the nasty old bill came, I wasn't seeing "double-in" in the numbers!! All in all, a very reasonable price.
In closing, who would have ever thought to find an authentic Irish pub in the middle of a historical mecca like Gettysburg. We venture out this way (from Ohio) about once a year, and I guarantee Garryowen will be on my list of places to re-visit next time here. So, with that, I'll leave you with this quote:
Here's Céad Míle Fáilte to friend and to rover
That's a greeting that's Irish as Irish can be
It means you are welcome
A thousand times over
Wherever you come from, Whosoever you be
Jeff and Janet
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