Communal Dining at The Irish Heather’s Long Table Series

The Long Table (photo: flickr.com/alex_dobson)

The Long Table Series is a weekly (several nights a week actually) dinner series held at the 40 foot communal table at The Irish Heather in Gastown. Settling in at the Long Table feels like sitting down to Mom’s Sunday dinner. Here, you are welcomed by your new family of 45 and served up hearty home-style dishes drawn from classic Irish and British fare.

 

Suckling Pig (flickr.com/alex_dobson)

On the menu for September are a range of dishes including Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Duck Leg, Roast Suckling Pig, Chicken Pot Pie, Braised Shortribs and Roast Turkey. Vegetarian? No problem! The Irish Heather have that sorted as well. My vegetarian dish on my recent visit was a Wild Mushroom and Spinach Wellington, served on a bed of Mashed Potatoes and it was delicious – a rich earthy filling of wild mushroom and spinach encased in a buttery, flaky puff pastry shell.  My dining partner eagerly tucked in to a dish laden with creamy mashed potatoes topped with lashings of braised cabbage and topped with thick slabs of succulent suckling pig, all finished with an aromatic, slightly sweet apple and rosemary sauce. All dishes are paired perfectly with an artisan beer or cider, which on my visit was a pint of Orchard Hill Cider from the Orchard Hill Estate Cidery in the South Okanagan Valley. This cider is carefully hand crafted on the orchard by the Dhaliwal family with fruit grown right there on the family orchard. The result is a delicious cider with fresh, crisp and subtle flavours, perfectly paired with the meal of the evening.

Mushroom Wellington (photo: flickr.com/alex_dobson)

One of the best things about the Long Table Series has to be the value. You get your meal plus matching beverage for just $15-$17. If you like to finish on a sweet note, desserts such as a luxuriously rich chocolate mousse are also on offer for $8. The atmosphere and service here is excellent. Friendly, attentive and inviting staff are always on hand to offer information on the menu and beverages, and to encourage conversation amongst those who have not yet made friends with their neighbours.

Chocolate Mousse (photo: flickr.com/alex_dobson)

Long Table Dinners happen on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week and start at 6:30pm (7:00pm on Sundays). Guests are encouraged to gather in the Shebeen, the Irish Heather’s whisky bar, in the hour before your scheduled dinner start time to grab a drink, relax and mingle with your new found dinner guests. Reservations are definitely recommended – both times I have been now it has been a full house!

(photo: flickr.com/alex_dobson)

So grab a group of friends, one friend, or even just yourself and head on down and grab a spot at the table. Don’t worry if you don’t know the person who is sitting next to you – you’ll be chatting away like old friends by the end of the evening.

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