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Celtic Hearth, 298-300 Water Street,709-576-2880
Style: 24 Hour Eatery
Price: $6 and up
Rating: 3 out of 5

The Celtic Hearth, located in the heart of downtown St. John’s on Water Street, is a popular restaurant day and night. Open 24/7, the Hearth serves everything from breakfast to pub grub to more fine dining inspired items. It is especially popular with the late night crowds, many of whom are looking for a snack after last call.

The Celtic Hearth certainly looks the part of the grand old pub, with dark wood throughout, cozy large booths, and comfortable tables and chairs. The lighting is low and casts a warm glow, and there are numerous displays of photos of old St. John’s and antique items of every description. There is even a hearth too,though not a functional one. It is simply a replica for display purposes, but it looks authentic and inviting. You can also head upstairs to sister pub Bridie Molloy’s through an adjoining stairwell.

In the past year the Celtic Hearth have revamped their menu. The result is an eclectic mix of items ranging from pub classics like pot pies, to chicken and Jigg’s dinners, to a selection of burgers as well as more upscale curries, pastas, and steaks. There are items to meet a variety of appetites and tastes. The menu is more sophisticated, but at the same time it maintains pub standbys like wings, nachos, fish and chips and pizza as well.

For my meal at the Celtic Hearth I has initially ordered the Curried Coconut Shrimp and Chicken Pasta. Unfortunately the kitchen had run out of both shrimp and chicken. I settled on the Mediterranean Pasta instead. It was a fresh mix of tomato, peppers, onion, garlic, and marinated artichokes mixed with a pesto and tossed with fettuccine. It was a worthy substitute for sure, though I was more than a bit surprised that a popular restaurant had completely ran out of chicken and shrimp. Still, the pasta I ordered instead was well done, the vegetables and pesto had a bruschetta like consistency that paired well with the pasta and the garlic baguette that accompanied the meal. My dining companion settled on the George Street Burger, a very hearty beef patty topped with cheese and bacon and a smoky sweet BBQ sauce on a equally substantial toasted bun. It came with a side of fries and come coleslaw. The fries at the Celtic Hearth are really quite good, fried a deep golden colour, they are a touch crispy with the potato skins left on.

Though the meals themselves were decent, as was the service, I think there is still a bit that can be done to improve upon things overall at the Celtic Hearth. Some of the meals are a bit steep on price for example, as are the drinks, it was $8 for a glass of their house red wine. Also, the servers should know in advance what is not available on the menu so they can inform patrons before they view the menu. It is really disappointing to have a meal in mind that you really want to try, only to find it is not available. The restaurant is still worth a try, bit it is really best to go when it is quiet and not at peak times.

The Celtic Hearth is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Swing by anytime if you’re downtown or upstairs at Bridie Molloys.

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By: Vanessa Wade


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