I am continuing my story about our trip, so here is where I left it…
Well, it is time to take a breather from driving and we can’t wait to stop and sit a spell at our favorite Irish bar. The Boro Inn Irish Pub, which I have written about before, is our favorite bar in Blue Ridge. This cozy little place just oozes charm and personality. The owner is always adding to and making improvements so we can’t wait to see what surprises are in store for us.
As we walked in, I felt I was experiencing a different time and place in life. The room is pleasantly dark and cozy, a perfect atmosphere for an Irish pub. We were greeted by the owner, Brendan Doyle, which he is a retired Catholic Priest and hails from Ireland- I just love his accent. There was a sprinkling of patrons at the bar which gave us a welcoming nod and smile.
We seated ourselves at the bar, a gorgeous bar if I may say so myself. It is rich brown in color and made of a heavy wood. The bar stools and tables and chairs are also made of heavy beautiful wood, giving the pub a rustic feel. Glowing eclectic lamps are scattered about providing soft and subdued lighting.
I scanned the room looking for anything new and different, which brought me to a nice long chat with Brendan. He said the pub is always a work in progress, which I believe this is what keeps him going. Constantly thinking, doing, working, and more. I don’t know how he accomplishes so much, but he does.
There were several additions and enhancements that added, even more, charm to the pub. I wandered about attempting to capture the beauty and feel of the relics and antiques with my phone camera, however, more patrons were coming in and our peacefulness became a thing of the past.
Hmmm, a bell and a spooky picture – must be a story to go along with these pieces?! So, let me give you a brief history of these two items. The bell is a cowbell that belonged to my husband’s father. We gave the bell and the picture to Brendan last year, about this same time. The spooky picture was in a storefront window, which when you look at it with a keen eye, the image changes to a woman’s face. The camera doesn’t catch the likeness of the two faces.
Every nook and cranny have its own personality and I’m sure there must be a tall tale behind each piece that is carefully placed into each grouping. There is not an interior decorator that creates this magical place folks, it is Brendan Doyle and his family – what a talented group!
So many lovely people and not a shy one in the bunch. Some of the patrons are local and others hail from anywhere and everywhere. The pub has really become the spot to have fun in the last couple of years. The Inn is the “in” place to go. A place for good spirits and great conversation. Everyone was hyped up about the parade – oh, did I say parade?
Signing off for now and to be continued…
images: personal property