131 Sydney St, Charlottetown – Website
Date of Visit: July, 2016
The Olde Dublin sits just off Queen street and shares a building with the Claddagh Oyster Bar, which is, I gather, a related establishment. I was actually intending to visit the Claddagh for a wee dinner of oysters but it was only just after 4pm and the place didn’t open for an hour. Luckily, it turns out that the Olde Dublin Pub does Oyster for a buck apiece between 4pm and 6pm so I headed up and ended up having a pretty decent time…
The pub occupies the entire third floor of its building, including a nice little balcony for outside drinking and dining. The interior is a bit of a maze of little seating areas and the whole is made quite comfortable and homey in dark wood, with two huge copper beer receptacles gleaming against one wall near the bar.
My visit was on a Friday afternoon, Canada Day, to be precise, and the place was already hopping. There is a small stage for musicians (ensembles of no more than three or four, I should think) but, that day, there was just piped Irish music adding to the raucous din of happy celebration. I was greeted at the door by I very pretty girl with a lovely southern Ireland accent who apologetically told me I might have to have a drink a the bar while waiting for a table. I did so, but my beer was just being poured when she reappeared and announced my table was ready.
The menu at The Olde Dublin is quite extensive, running all the way from burgers to steak with quite variety of pub-style dishes in between. One can order a Shepherd’s Pie, or a Curry, and there also a number of hijacked ‘Irish’ specialties such as Newton Nachos, or Limerick Panini. One item that caught my eye, and would have like to have tried, was the Lobster Stew, which comes served with Irish Soda Bread.
Little Willy’s (Oysters) – The oyster type on special that day were a variety said to be a ‘cocktail’ version of the ‘Uncle Willy’ sort from the western end of PEI, and I gather that these are harvested in the same area. The ones I received were indeed small, with fairly shallow cups, but they were quite flavorful. They didn’t have the sharp brininess I expect with most Island varieties, but made up for it with a lingering sweetness. I gave these a 3 out of 5.
Bacon wrapped Scallops – These may have become the culinary equivalent of a cliché but always enjoy them and, here, they are on offer for $1.99 apiece, for as many or as few as you like. This is a good idea actually as six, a common serving number, can be quite a hefty appetizer portion since they are so rich. I ordered four and they did me just fine. It is as hard to mess these up as it is to improve upon the basic theme so the best I can say here is that I enjoyed them as much as I usually do. I gave them a 4 out of 5.
Both the food and the drink service at The Olde Dublin were excellent and I really liked the atmosphere. It would be the sort of place I would come to often if I lived near by and so that is probably the best sort of thing you can say about a pub. I thought it rated a 5 out of 5.