Our group was looking for someplace ""Irish"" for lunch one day this week and I checked it out. I met seven of my friends at the downstairs dining room of the Pig. I have to say that I'd been warned it used to be loud and smelly at times because of the smoking so I went ahead of time to look and smell making sure it would be OK for a bunch of ladies. To their credit, they have made it a non-smoking establishment. I was told that there were two dining rooms upstairs which might suit us but a quick sniff told me that the bar and billiard room would likely never smell like it is smoke free. Besides, when with a group, I would not like to be seated at a bunch of high tops with high stools just large enough for 2 each. If you play billiards and don't mind the small tall tables and smoke smell, you might like it, but I would not call that family dining. On another note, there are a lot of televisions running from every wall non-stop. Again, if you don't mind that, go for it.
It was a beautiful warm day and I noted that several people were having lunch outdoors at little patio tables. That is another option in good weather. For our group, though, the dining room down served very well. There are televisions, background music and a bar in the corner. At night I am told that there is live music. It might be a lot of fun. It isn't very large, so take that into account when making plans. They have some booths along the wall and regular height pub tables in the center which can be extended and pushed together if necessary.
Our server was just excellent. She gave us plenty of time and attention and was patient with first-timers. We started off with potato skins and drinks. Woah! so good!
One person ordered a plate of those for her meal they were so delicious. Next to me, my friend had the shepherd's pie which I tasted and it was so good I wished I had ordered it too. My fish and chips were quite good; I especially like their steak fries as chips.
The fried bologna sandwich is a strange menu item.
Sounds like a throw back to my southern past and it is... plus more because we never fried the sandwich, just the bologna-they fry both! and serve it with fries. That slice of meat is about an inch thick and very tasty. It's just something you are going to know you ate for a long time! Ha
Diet RC on draft? Are you kidding me? No, they weren't and it was tall, icy and delicious.
So there's a lot of good about this place and it was a fun time. The only negative to me is the stairwell going down to it. It kinda reeks and the door mats both out and inside the door is just filthy. It reminded me of the big city, nasty handrails and the need for hand sanitizer.