The Church on Jervis Street is a converted church previously called St Mary’s Church of Ireland. It is now a bar, restaurant and club. They have kept a lot of the original features of this historic building such as the Renatus Howard organ, stained glass windows and 18th century galleries. The tasteful conversion and refurbishment has been acknowledged by the people of Dublin who would rather see an otherwise derelict building put to good use.
Siggy and I popped in for a late lunch on the first day of our recent visit to Dublin. It reminded us both very much of the Pitcher & Piano in Nottingham and had the same relaxed vibe at that time of day, but you could see the potential for it to be rammed in the evenings. There is a large nightclub area underneath the building and a barbecue area outside.
The bust on the counter is in memory of Arthur Guinness the founder of the Guinness brewery who was married at the church in 1761.
Of more importance to us that day was getting some lunch. Siggy a the chicken wrap and I had a classic BLT.
The service was pretty slow. The waitresses seemed more interested in tidying up cluttered tables than serving customers once they were seated.
The portions sizes were good and the bacon was very tasty. The salad that Siggy got with her wrap was pretty oily and the chips fairly standard.
The Church served a purpose for us, but we weren’t overly blown away by what we chose and despite the interesting surroundings we weren’t bothered about a return visit despite its proximity to our hotel on Parnell Street.
Here is there website: http://www.thechurch.ie