So I finally made it over to check out the Holy Grail in Epping now that the crazed rush has calmed since it first opened. Housed in an old church, with tables that look like pews, it was sort of fitting since my dear friend Susan, aka, Minister Susan was up visiting for a few days. The place is huge inside. They had 2 guys playing live music, some Irish tunes, some what I could call "bar tunes" like Sweet Caroline, The Gambler. You get the picture. It's really nice inside but really loud. The acoustics once designed for a church, to carry sound, still do the same. But it was packed with a young and lively crowd. They seem to have scaled down their lengthy menu since they first opened. You've got your traditional Irish pub fare--bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, rueben sandwich. They had a very small wine list with only one choice for chardonnay, the Fat Bastard variety, which I wasn't really into. But I tried a riesling next which was much better.
And this below, it what happens when you give a drunk guy your camera to take a photo, ie, blurry and out of focus. But this lovely chap we posed with is what greets you when you come in and hidden inside are the child's menus. Aside from the friar tuck-like fellow, we have Minister Susan, reporter Jason and myself.