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Hanafin's Pub in Glastonbury CT

dugbee Aug 5, 2011 04:27 AM

Out with the old 1970s decor of Parma, in with the new Hanafin's Pub! They opened last Friday, though the grand opening isn't until August 12th. Although it was quite a full house, the owner quickly seated us at a nice high table.

The memorabilia on the walls (various photos and paintings) all have tie-ins to the family. There's a good mix (deliberately random) of wooden tables, chairs, and stools. The bar has an upside-down canoe hanging overhead. No TV in sight; the welcoming owner told us he'd rather encourage social interaction than have folks looking at a TV. That seemed to be working, as it was quite lively. (he did say the upcoming dining room on the other side may have a couple of TVs) He also said that all food will be acquired locally, which is nice.

From the 10+ beers on tap, I figured I had to get a Guinness. From the 2-sided menu, we had the Ploughman's Lunch. That included crackers, corned beef, cheddar cheese, and mustard. This was rather ridiculously good. The corned beef had no stringiness or chewiness, it was very tender and the combo made us want to get two plates.

For dinner we had the open-faced meatloaf sandwich and the streak-wrap, both coming with chips (fries) . Both were excellent and healthy portions, especially given the prices, $8 and $10 respectively. Next time I'll be trying the beef stew or the shepherd's pie.

They are going to be doubling the amount of waitstaff, although our service was good given the crowd. It's quite loud inside, perhaps that should be expected of an Irish pub. I think the real challenge (as is for everything around there) is the parking.

We definitely plan on going again!

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  1. mels RE: dugbee Aug 5, 2011 11:53 AM

    Thanks for the report, I've been waiting for them to open. Glastonbury needs more solid casual restaurants (and I don't mean Chili's, 99, etc.).

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      DAMASO RE: dugbee Aug 5, 2011 05:17 PM

      Went there today for some happy hours drinks and food. Was so excited to check out the newest addition to the Glastonbury dining scene. Although still not complete, they did a fantastic job designing this place.

      Be forewarned: Be VERY CAREFUL of the drink prices here. They are charging $10 for a Stoli on the rocks, $9 for a rum and coke, and $6 for a pint of Guinness. Makes Max's and Bricco's prices look like Applebees... and this is during Happy Hour! The waitress commented on how "nothing on the menu is more than $16." That's great; unfortunately it's the booze that will hit you the hardest in the pocket.

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        askeenan RE: DAMASO Aug 6, 2011 06:39 AM

        Thankyou for the feedback! while plan B is not cheap, I can still get a great pint of great quality beer like Arrogant Bastard Ale for around $5. Whats the draft list like at Hanafins? Any standout offerings?

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          RogerSt RE: askeenan Aug 6, 2011 01:34 PM

          They have about 20-24 drafts. Lot of cool imports like carlsberg, magners, palm, stella, killkenny. There were some local drafts as well as some domestic beers like sam adams & long trail.

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            askeenan RE: RogerSt Aug 6, 2011 07:29 PM

            Ahh you got me on the Kilkenny! A weakness for me ...guess I will be heading there real soon

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        RogerSt RE: dugbee Aug 6, 2011 01:25 PM

        Good review! Went yesterday with a couple friends looking for happy hour.. Draft prices ranged from $4 to $6. Imperial 20oz pints were good to see, and the food was excellent and moderately priced. Spoke with the bartender who told me their Grand Opening isnt until the 12th, and Happy Hours and other specials would begin then.

        @Damaso you guys must have been drinking doubles, because my girlfriend had a GreyGoose and cran which was $7!

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          BiscuitBoy RE: RogerSt Aug 8, 2011 01:49 PM

          where else do you like in g'bury for happy hour?

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            sbxstr RE: BiscuitBoy Aug 8, 2011 02:41 PM

            Hanafin's might be a contender, but our winner is Max Fish. Try the Green Hornet cocktail ...

            Max Fish
            110 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033

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              BiscuitBoy RE: sbxstr Aug 9, 2011 09:28 AM

              sounds interesting, they don't list it on the menu...what's in it?

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                sbxstr RE: BiscuitBoy Aug 9, 2011 02:24 PM

                I wasn't seated at the bar, so I didn't see it made. But it includes muddles cucumber and jalapeno, Hendricks gin, and a foamer including raw eggs. Maybe this weekend I'll go and request watching it being made. Yummy.

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          sbxstr RE: dugbee Aug 7, 2011 10:31 AM

          Tried Hanafin's for lunch yesterday and came away very satisfied with the new addition to the town's casual dining scene. We ate at the bar and was happy to see there was(were) no television(s). This was a good start We think they did a good job on the bar design -- it is roomy, pubby, comfortable and clearly distinguishes itself from the Max, Plan B, Bricco and J Gilbert's bars. A plus for me was Smithwicks on draft. Was very disappointed when it disappeared from Max Fish and then Bricco. On to the food. We started sharing a simple garden salad -- a bargain at $6. My wife had corned beef and cabbage and declared dthe alrge serving very yummy. I had the Hanafin's melt, their version of a patty melt with white bread instead of rye. The hamburger was loosely packed and cooked to medium as requested and was delicious. Hand cut fries were the best I've had recently. Since the food police have mandated "healthier" frying oils, fries have lost most of their allure for me. They usually taste chemically (to coin a word). Not the case at Hanafin's, clearly fresh cut and done just about perfectly. A little crispy on the exterior and creamy on the inside. We wish them well.

          Plan B
          4 Railroad St, Simsbury, CT 06070

          Max Fish
          110 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033

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            askeenan RE: sbxstr Aug 7, 2011 05:11 PM

            Funny you mention the dissappearance of Smithwicks on the Max menu. My biggest gripe about the Max chain is there dismal draft and bottle selection. I wish they would pay half as much attention to the beer list as they do to their wine list.

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              thecof RE: sbxstr Aug 16, 2011 06:21 AM

              Went to Hanafin's last night around 9pm. I was excited about how many people were still there (I am a Glastonbury native and so many restaurants except Chili's clear out by 8pm. I ordered the Reuben and chips and my boyfriend ordered the Mac and Cheese. Reuben was EXCELLENT, the corned beef was clearly the homemade corned beef from the corned beef and cabbage. Juicy, tender it was so good. The "chips" or fries on the other hand left a little to be desired, they were brown, but not crispy at all, almost seemed like they had been cooked in oil that was not hot enough, the taste was good, but I would not have called them fries with no crispness at all. The mac and cheese was awesome, it had a great flavor, little bits of prosciutto and panko on top. Also had a Guinness and a stoli and cran all for around 32 bucks, not a bad dinner in Glastonbury. I am very hopeful about this place like others have said, more casual but not chain restaurants would be awesome in Glastonbury, esp for us 20-somethings that don't want to go to Plan B or the Diamond all the time. All and all I give it 8 out of 10 stars, just need to work on the fries a bit!

              Plan B
              120 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury, CT 06033

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