We focus on creating an ambience that leads to memorable meals, and our food menu stays central to that experience with fresh ingredients and homemade dishes. At Kildare’s of West Chester, we take pride in our food, make what we want to eat, and make it how we remember Mom used to make it.
Some might be surprised by the caliber of food you’ll find in our authentic pub atmosphere, but to us, it’s natural. We love the idea of getting a homemade meal in a little pub, so we’ve homed in on making our inclusive menu totally homemade. Our head chef Stephanie Gray says, “We’re able to merge the fine-dining training and cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients in our relaxed pub atmosphere.”
1. Our Meals Are Homemade
The hearty dishes we serve are made from scratch, and involve more thought and care than you may expect from your typical pub. We’ve also made every item on the menu ours, with subtleties that give our dishes something special, like herbed tartar sauce on our Fish & Chips, and pickled radishes and zesty Dijon vinaigrette on our Grilled Salmon Salad. Stephanie notes that her style has evolved with more attention to the nuance of a dish. “You can put your signature on dishes without having to write your name on every single plate.”
2. Fresh, Local Ingredients
With the idea of homemade meals in mind, we serve up dishes such as Corned Beef & Cabbage and Beef Stroganoff in a traditional style with our own spin. We start with local meat and produce, because, as Stephanie says, “we like to keep it in town.” From there, we carefully handle the fresh ingredients and prepare dishes. Stephanie notes, “We make and slice our own corned beef, the burgers are fresh, not frozen, and we make our own mashed potatoes.” In a country riddled with premade and precooked dishes, we do not accept the normal corners that are cut to put time ahead of flavor.
3. We Cook Intelligently and Patiently
We start with fresh ingredients, and cook slow to let the flavors develop. One perfect example is our Beef Stroganoff, which we added to the menu about a year ago. Stephanie explains, “It is seven ingredients, and it knocks my socks off when we make it. It’s beef, onions, mushrooms, beef stock, Dijon mustard, sour cream and a couple dashes of hot sauce.” She continues, “It cooks low and slow, letting it sit all together. That is one of the secrets. You cook for a while so the flavors can develop. That’s also what we do with our tomato jam and Guinness caramelized onions.”
4. Our Menu Evolves
Cooking slowly and carefully helps us connect you with the wonderful flavors of local cuisine, with an added tinge of Irish heritage. Our menu has come into its own over the past few years, branching out to include tacos, while keeping old favorites like Corned Beef & Cabbage. No matter what the dish, each item is created with the intention of warming not only your belly, but your soul.
5. We Strive to Make Memories
As our pub is a meeting place for family and friends, our food is the centerpiece for wonderful conversations and cherished memories. Stephanie recalls when she was younger, “my grandfather’s birthday fell on St. Patrick’s Day, and mine was two weeks later. Every year, we would go up to see them in New York and have corned beef & cabbage, and I would dread it. But now, I would literally do anything to have that meal one more time.” She concludes, “This is about more than just corned beef & cabbage.”
Stephanie’s memory is central to the Kildare’s experience. We believe a meal can take you to a different time and place, and make you feel something. We want to take you somewhere special, starting with Dublin. Stephanie says, “I think if this is your first time in, you need to try the Shepherd’s Pie and the Corned Beef & Cabbage to get the authentic ‘Irish’ experience.” She adds, “The corned beef & cabbage is not necessarily my favorite item on the menu, but definitely the most nostalgic.”
So if you have never visited or it has been awhile, stop on by to explore our revitalized menu. While our heritage is rooted in Irish history, West Chester never stops changing, and we’ll change with it. Stephanie said, “West Chester has come a long way with food, and this menu has grown with it. We owed it to customers who haven’t been here in awhile to elevate our menu.”
Join us any day of the week, for a quick bite or a long sit-down. Either way, we promise a meal that warms you from your belly to your eyeballs.
Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.