Last night we wandered into the Parish Pub, located near Wembley Park. This Irish pub won’t dazzle you. It’s small. The lights are dim in an attempt to hide walls that need a fresh coat of paint. The tables and chairs would make many interior designers cringe. The beer selection isn’t massive. Guinness is available of course.
Those are the negatives. You may be wondering what the positives are. Trust me, I enjoyed the atmosphere of this little place. During our visit, Katie Taylor, the Irish boxer, won Ireland’s first Gold medal of the Games. The crowd anxiously watched all four rounds on the telly. People cheered her on. When she won, there was an eruption of emotion. Granted, it was small since not many people fit inside, but I won’t ever forget this pub.
Maybe it was due to the Olympics, but the patrons were friendly. We had a delightful conversation with a fellow American who is also living in London now. What can I say, the beer was flowing, sports were on the telly, and I was in an Irish pub when an Irish athlete won a gold medal. It all came together perfectly. Before last night, I’d never heard of this place. From now on, when I’m in the area I’ll be sure to stop in for a pint or two. It’s not classy. What it has is a good vibe. It reminded me of the grungy pubs you see in gangster movies. Oh, did I mention there’s a dartboard. I didn’t play last night, but I do love darts. I give this pub 3 out of 5 stars.