Located in the heart of historic Gastown, this GastroPub has garnered many accolades for its service, food, alcohol & ambiance.
In a world filled with "Plastic Paddy" establishments, the Heather stands out as a beacon of authenticity. An Irish House that is owned by Irish people who actually work there...how refreshing!!
Nice pub atmosphere located at the north end of Cattrall in Gastown. Extensive draft beer/drink selection. Food is reasonably good (had the pot pie). But be prepared for slooow, if friendly, service (there were only 2 servers when I was there)
I must admit this is my new favourite little spot in Gastown! I went to the old one a few times but I really like the new one as well.
Their food is excellent with fresh and local ingredients and it's cooked to perfection. My friends always go for the Bangers and Mash. Good size portion. I stick to the pasta and starters as I'm a vegetarian. I really enjoy the Pakoras. They gave a rather large portion and the dipping sauce was delicious.
I usually sneak off to Shabeen in the back when the Heather is busy. It's a great little hide away and they carry the Bulmers I love to drink that's hard to find. A great selection of Whiskey/Whiskys to be had also.
The only thing I think they could improve is having a few more vegetarian options for their entree. It's pasta or pasta. :)
The Heather has great atmosphere, really good food, and attentive staff.
And yes, the grilled cheese sandwich is great, but it should be for ten bucks.
Good selection of beer, including Guiness. A great pit stop for lunch and drinks.
The food is healthy, wholesome and hearty fare from Ireland. I have enjoyed many meals here and one of my favourite later night snacks or hearty lunches is the grilled cheese sandwich. It is the best in Vancouver and the fish and chips are noteworthy as well. The ambiance of the restaurant is superbly authentic and uniquely Vancouver with the greenhouse outback in Gaolers Mews. It is like eating in your own living room and has an atmosphere of convivial joviality which is commensurate with its owner and manager Sean Heather.
Perfect little spot for an afternoon drink/ soiree especially after walking through the bones of gastown. Drinks are steadfast, the food is reliable pub nosh, actually a notch higher than this. Atmosphere is cosy, secluded.
Try a pint of cider with a dash of blackcurrant.old skool.. The main fish dish as also quite decent. Nice fries.. proper, old style chips that eschew those greasy skinny pieces of potato that pass for mcdonald fries...
After stumbling across the Irish Heather whilst walking around Gastown I was surprised to find much more on offer than the tatty, run down decor would lead you to believe.
After a small wait (it was a Saturday after all), I was seated upstairs. We ordered from the menu. The food was prompt but the service above all was impecable. Our server was entertaining, efficient and very helpful. It was strange though to receive such great service from an english person in something so proudly Irish.
This is a place we would definitely return to again. If not for the food and ageing decor, a great guinness and outstanding service.