I have been meaning to visit The Ceili Cottage in Toronto’s East End for ages. Locals in Leslieville and The Beach rave about the place for its authentic Irish Pub Grub and moody ambiance. So when my sister recently drove into the city, just days before I zoomed off to Dublin with Tourism Ireland for a St. Paddy’s Day Press Trip I thought what a perfect idea to get me in the mood for a little Leprechaun lovin!
A week before St. Paddy’s Day the wee bar was filled with Guinness streamers. Our server who hails from Galway (another spot I’ll be visiting on my trip along the West Coast) was great fun and walked us through the menu. During the Spring and Summer the front yard fills with beer loving patio sun drenchers. In the winter they hoist up a yurt creating an alternate dining space which is entirely charming and romantic. One of the most unique spots to enjoy a swig in the city!
The Irishness of the place is so fantastic. It’s nice to feel transported across the pond in your own city by simply cozying up to a bar. My cousin Chris joined us at the table and sipped on suds while pursuing the menu. The Ceili offers a colourful selection of oyster options as well as hearty mains and what I’d like to so boldly dub, “Toronto’s best Sticky Toffee Pudding.” If you’re looking for an Irish fix you’ll find a happy home at everyone’s favourite cottage on Queen Street East.
Minced on Wednesday
8oz turkey burger, cranberry compote, mixed greens
Mac and Cheese
aged cheddar, toasted panko crumbs
Bangers and Mash
Sticky Toffee Pudding