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Firkin english pubs?

Bob W. Jul 28, 2005 03:28 PM

I just read that this Canadian-based chain of english pubs is going to invade Northern Virginia, with the first two outposts slated for Dulles Airport and South Riding.

Anyone know anything about these places? How is the fish and chips?

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    YorkshirePudding Aug 10, 2007 10:28 AM

    The fish and chips taste like pub fish and chips do everywhere - nothing like fish and chips.

    1. Olivia Jul 31, 2007 02:51 PM

      They're alright, as far as chains go. I'd much rather eat there than Kelsey's/ Boston Pizza/ Montana's and the like. Ambiance-wise, I find an effort is made to make each location feel somewhat unique.

      The fish and chips? Frozen and frozen.

      1. sweetie Jul 9, 2007 07:22 AM

        You can say what you like about the "Firkins" but i actually like the sweet potato fries that the chain serves. While I do have issues with the price of said fries ($5), it is not enough of an issue for me to stop ordering them.

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          Ronin Jul 29, 2005 02:21 PM

          They're pathetic, "theme" joints that typically locate well away from legit pubs in the Toronto area. Food is boring and over-priced.

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            rl Jul 28, 2005 04:18 PM

            Funny how they name the place Firkin's and if you ask anyone in the place what a firkin is, they will have no clue. Not one beer engine or cask beer in the place either.

            Marketing trumps substance once again.

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            1. re: rl
              2chez mike Jul 28, 2005 06:43 PM

              What is a "firkin"?

              1. re: 2chez mike
                rworange Jul 28, 2005 07:04 PM

                According to an article on their website (link below) a firkin is a unit of capacity equal to one quarter of a barrel.

                Link: http://www.firkinpubs.com

                1. re: 2chez mike
                  rl Jul 29, 2005 11:27 AM

                  Check out the link for a definition and how it relates to beer. The Firkin chains we see in the US have no clue.

                  Link: http://www.mesklin.demon.co.uk/beer/f...

                2. re: rl
                  aussiewonder Jul 9, 2007 06:43 AM

                  I used to work for the 'Flower and Firkin' in Kew, London over 10 years ago. Back then the Firkin's were everywhere but i certainly don't remember it being a Canadian chain; it was pretty darn English. And at the one I worked at everyone had to take a master cellars certificate in brewing and casking before they'd let you near a beer tap. I wonder if its the same chain expanded or it got bought out by a Canadaian franchise, anyone know if they're the same or different - hard to believe with a name like this...???

                  1. re: aussiewonder
                    Pub Lover Jul 31, 2007 11:56 AM

                    Hey Aussiewonder. They are completely different chains that have nothing to do with eachother. A Firkin is an English term for a 9 gallon barrel of beer.

                    1. re: Pub Lover
                      smartie Jul 31, 2007 02:56 PM

                      they are a chain of pubs in the UK, all the names start with F, like Fox and Furkin, Frog and Furkin, Flower and Furkin etc. When they first started they were excellent (20 odd years ago maybe more) and there were only a few of them, they are now a chain.

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                  Dukeofyork Jul 28, 2005 03:40 PM

                  They vary ... from mediocre to terrible, in Toronto at least. Expect lots of fake pub charm, passable food and a predictable beer selection.

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                    rworange Jul 28, 2005 03:47 PM

                    Unfortunate choice of names then, eh? I thought the post was a typo and going to be a comment on English pubs.

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                      tunapet Jul 31, 2007 12:30 PM

                      Thats funny. My eyes were playing tricks on me too!

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