Many say Irish hospitality is the finest in the world and after our visit to Mc & Sons, a new Irish pub in Union Street Southwark, I can’t argue with that. We were invited to the press night of this new opening; I say press night, but it seemed that quite a lot of south London had joined in too! No matter, the drinks kept on flowing, the Irish folk band kept playing and the food came in convoys – it was the mother of all opening nights!
Mc & Sons is a pub run by the McElhinney family, father Jack and sons John and Ryan. For those of you who drink in the Waterloo/Southwark area you may be familiar with their other pubs run under the umbrella of Windmill Taverns: The Windmill, The Ring, The Kings Arms and Jack’s Bar, some of which featured in our article ‘The Top 5 Bars in Waterloo‘. In their different ways these are all great pubs, so I’ve no doubt that Mc & Sons will prove equally popular and become a firm favourite in the social life of this corner of south London.
The pub is tastefully decorated and there’s a ‘living memory wall’, framed photos of the McElhinney family going back through the generations – a really nice touch. Also, there’s a snug bar seating 8-10 with its own bar hatch that you can hire. The pub stocks a wide range of beers and real ales as you’d expect, but there’s an unexpected twist to this traditional Irish pub – it has a Thai kitchen. One of the brothers, Johnny, married Lailar from Thailand who just happens to be pretty handy in the kitchen.
At the launch party we were treated to a range of the food that Head Chef Lailar and her team produce, including a green curry, a pad Thai and a chilli chicken stir-fry – all deliciously tasty. If you work in the area you might like to try the takeaway lunchbox from £5.50, while in the evening there’s a full menu with table service, with dishes reasonably priced at around £5 for starters and mains around £9.
So for a friendly welcome and traditional Irish hospitality combined with some of the best Thai street food this side of Chang Mai, try out Mc & Sons for yourself, you won’t be disappointed – Slainte!