Today my husband, my sister and I went to Jimmy Flynn's Celtic Snug in White Rock because our favourite "go to" place - Slainte by the Pier - is now closed. We had been looking forward to going for lunch and sitting outside on the patio. I checked on the website, saw that they open at 11 a.m. so we arrange to meet there at 11:15 a.m. When we arrived, they were closed. They didn't open until shortly after 11:20 a.m. We immediately noticed that we would not be able to sit on the patio because there was no table that would accommodate three people so we went inside. Once inside, we noticed that there were no tables except bar tables by the windows. Both my sister and I are short and cannot sit on bar stools so we had no choice but to sit at a dark table. The server was unfamiliar with types of beer and didn't seem to know what beers were available. My husband ordered a Smithwicks. He said it tasted like a cross between root beer and some beer that he couldn't identify. He has ordered this beer numerous times in other places and knew that what he got at Flynn's had something wrong with it. The three of us ordered - baked penne, one piece cod fish and chips and one piece halibut fish and chips. My sister and I agree that the fish and chips were the worst we have ever had. Both of us believe we could get a better piece of fish out of a Captain Highliner box. The pieces of fish were small for the price and both the cod and the halibut were touch, stringy and inedible. The fries were soft and smelled of stale oil. The halibut was so stale that I had to spit it out. I don't know how long that fish had been frozen but I am certain it was a long time. My sister barely touched her food. When the server came to take her virtually untouched plate away, she simply grabbed it and left without even commenting that it had barely been touched. My husband said the baked penne was "not that bad". We will NEVER go back to this place. Simply put, it is awful. We ended up wishing we had gone to the new asian place - Beijing.
Had lunch here and we were very pleased with our experience.
When we entered the restaurant we were greeted with fairly loud music that was being produced by a singer/guitarist and a violinist. Made me nervous because sometimes live music can be too loud and can interfere with conversation. This turned out to be an unfounded fear - the music was great. A mix of all kinds of tunes, really well performed, that should please most people. They have live music 3 times per week, Tuesday evenings, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons (subject to my memory).
Enjoyed a pint (or two) of Guinness, a glass (or two) of wine and ordered Irish stew, served in a bread bowl and a Croque-Monsieur (look it up). Both very tasty and filling.
Service was excellent, friendly and attentive.
Small place with great atmosphere.
We'll go back to try other menu items and enjoy some tunes.