Of all the places that I’ve traveled (I would like to eventually recap my trips to Mexico, Spain, France and Switzerland) Ireland was definitely my all time favorite. I went when I was a sophomore in college and it was part of a cultural learning trip. My favorite parts of the country were the old churches and castles, the gorgeous landscape both on the shore and in the interior, the people, and of course, the pubs. I was 19 when I went on this trip. Score!
Since I didn’t own a digital camera at the time (2004) in order to share my pictures, I took a picture of my prints.
Yep, that’s me in the green sweater, enjoying a Cosmo at an Irish pub. What do you expect? I was 19 and had no interest in beer.
I cannot even describe how gorgeous this country is!
We even got to tour the Guinness factory, and when we went up to the Gravity Bar and received our free pint, I could only sip a few sips and then handed it off to another of my classmates. Oh, if only I could go back and enjoy that dark, smooth goodness while looking at a 360 degree view of beautiful Dublin. It is my mission to get back to Ireland. Best. Country. Ever.
So when I had asked my dad if he wanted to meet up for lunch today, my first thought was to head to the British Beer Company in Framingham. I know that it wouldn’t have the same vibe that the wonderful old pubs have in Galway, but honestly, I love anything British/Irish/kitschy. The closest I’ve come to finding authentic Irish in Boston is at Mr. Dooley’s.
I was afraid that it would be super busy since it was lunchtime on a Saturday, but we were sat right away in the bar area. They had a large selection of draught and bottle beers. I opted not to go the British brew route and ended up with a delicious Sam Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock. Have you had this? It’s so smooth and has the perfect cherry and chocolate balance. And it had a great bite to it as well.
For lunch, I ordered the vegetable salad wrap with carrots, broccoli, red onions, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, lettuce and tomato (hold the tomato) drizzled with a balsamic glaze and rolled in a whole wheat tortilla wrap.
I LOVED this wrap! The veggies were fresh, raw and crispy. The balsamic was lightly covering every piece, although it kind of pooled around the bottom of the wrap, and the wrap even stayed in place! Clean hands and clean plate. I had it with a side of Cajun seasoned potato chips. The seasoning was very light and I actually liked that. I love homestyle potato chips.
Our meals also came out in no time, yet they were of really high quality. The entire menu was mouth-watering, and once Lent is over, I’m sure I’ll be back for some of their British specials.
British Beer Company has locations throughout MA. I dined at the one at 120 Worcester Road (Rt. 9) in Framingham.
Where’s the best place that you ever traveled to? Besides Ireland, I loved Zurich, Switzerland. Friendly people, delicious food and beautiful landscapes!