The Parish Pub Review

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.

Katie Wins!!!!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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13 Responses to The Parish Pub Review

  1. Kate Kresse says:

    what fun! The clan all together in a wee pub. Glad you got to join their fun! The Olympics are extra special knowing that I know you through your blog and am reading about your experiences with the Olympics! Thanks so much for sharing your view of it all with us. It really means so much.

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  3. zelmare says:

    The perfect place at the perfect time. 🙂 Sounds as if you had a blast.

  4. fgassette says:

    The Olympics are bringing people everywhere together. Very nice to see. Nice story of your experience. It’s not always you surroundings but the company you keep. Thanks for sharing.


    • TBM says:

      I agree Francine. I love meeting new people and hearing about their lives. And it was fun to be there for the big Irish Olympic moment of 2012.

  5. Meredith says:

    Nice name for a pub!

  6. Fergiemoto says:

    Sounds like a great experience. Sometimes these places don’t have to dazzle with decorations. Hubby and I used to go to a place in SLC that was small and shot-gun style. Not fancy by any means, but it was always crowded – standing room only, the people made the atmosphere and it was fun. Unfortunately, the place no longer exists.

    • TBM says:

      We had a place like that in Boston as well. No frills, but a fun atmosphere. Too bad that your place closed down. I hope you can find another one.

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