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Fiddleheads offers good food, great Irish company

November 18, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Deb Freeman


If you have ever been to Ireland, you’ll know that the Irish know how to have to fun – and that’s exactly what owners of the new Fiddleheads Irish pub want you to experience at their new location, which recently opened on Main Street on November 12.

Owner Robert Costelloe, born and bred in Dublin, Ireland knows only too well about the great food  served daily in the pubs in Ireland and the UK.

He decided to open his establishment with co-owner and partner Jacqueline Fretz after driving through Shelburne every weekend to their house in Sauble Beach and realizing there was no pub in town to stop at for a pint of Guinness and good old pub fare.

Robert opened his first pub in 1989 in Hyde Park, and currently owns T J O’Sheas in Toronto. He is experienced when it comes to running a local pub.

This being the 14th pub that he’s owned, Robert told the Free Press he wanted to show the locals how charcuterie pub food should be a part of your relaxation.

All their food is bought locally, and nothing is deep fried. They have an extensive wine list and try to buy local Ontario wine to support the community locally.

Jacqueline will be seen at the premises most days, cooking the food and opening with their extensive hours of seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Specialties such as leek and potato soup, baked figs and chicken pot pie are all on the menu.

Once they get a feel of the locals, the couple told us they will have monthly entertainment, mostly Irish fiddle music, and appearances by local musicians.

When asked why they named the place Fiddelheads, Jacqueline explained: “Well, Shelburne is the hub of Fiddleville, it seemed appropriate” and as they use the Fiddlehead leaf in most of the cooking (yes, there really is a leaf called a fiddlehead!).

There was absolutely no other choice for a name, was there?

So, drop by the pub located on Main Street near the TD Bank, sample some of the amazing food on the menu, and taste the delicious local wines on offer. Robert and Jacqueline will be happy to welcome you and, once established, can’t wait to offer clientele the service of their Shamrock Shuttle – a free ride home and back.

So, how can you say no to that?



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