McVeigh’s Irish Pub (formerly known as the New Windsor House) has been a landmark on the SW corner of Church & Richmond for the past 50 years… making it the oldest Irish pub in Toronto. If memory serves (believe me, it’s groggy at best), I used to wait in one heck of a line to grab a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Days of old. It’s only recently that I’ve come to appreciate that McVeigh’s $10 daily lunch specials make it worth visiting on a much more regular basis.
There are 8-10 specials on any given day, each written on a chalkboard, erased when sold out. Classic pub favourites like Bangers & Mash, Fish & Chips and Homeburgers & Fries are often daily fixtures. Sandwiches, Chilies, Stews and Soups vary daily and tend to include variations on traditional Irish Beef Stews, Curries, Irish Con Carne, Seafood Chowder, and, my favourite, Braised Short Ribs (pictured below).
If a liquid lunch is more of your thing (wink, wink), drinks specials include $10 tax-in doubles, with many of their top-shelf brands included.
Let’s be honest; it’s getting more and more difficult to find anything to eat or drink for $10 downtown these days. So, don’t let the exterior fool you… McVeigh’s is a great local for grabbing a quick pub lunch or a couple of drinks, all at a price that doesn’t break the bank. The clientele varies from a businessman’s lunch to a regular’s appreciation of the finest Irish spirits… meaning it suits for most occasions. Oh, and it’s always service with a smile from the lovely Irish lasses behind the bar.