What Kelly’s Pub may lack (or deliberately eschew) in glitz and decoration it more than makes up in authenticity.
Located about 9 miles from Jim Thorpe in Lansford right on Route 209, the pub is owned and operated by Barney and Kelly Sheridan. One of the things you’ll notice is that you’re likely to be greeted in a genuinely friendly and welcoming (but not over-the-top) way by Barney, an Irish transplant who has built a restaurant that specializes is really great food, simple but very memorable desserts, and, rather than rampant accoutrement, sincere coal country atmosphere.
My girlfriend and I dine there frequently, especially when we are looking for something that truly hits the spot, both tasty and filling. Often we both order the meatloaf, hardly the ordinary dish you might imagine. Filled with cheese almost like a cordon bleu, there are obviously other secret ingredients that are manifest in the delicious and generous portions. Accompany it with the potato mash and a side salad and you will be happy.
We change it up from time to time. Sometimes, it’s fish and chips for me with curly fries drizzled with Barney’s famous vinegar dressing. If you’ve ever been across the pond to the British/Irish islands it becomes clear that this dish takes on many varieties and clearly has been mastered by the locals. Also true here at Kelly’s Pub, where you must decide between savoring the taste and simply gorging yourself.
This is the place for you if you’re looking for something special to hit the spot. For example, the other day, what I was really looking for was simply a bacon cheeseburger with a little tomato, cheddar cheese and some raw onion. Done. It was one of the most satisfying sandwiches I’ve ever had.
Then there’s the lava cake. Beware, if there are two of you then two desserts probably aren’t needed. It’s not that it’s an overly huge portion though there’s plenty there, it’s the flavor and texture along with the fresh whipped cream that come together in such a satisfying way.
Around you are all sorts of people not only from Lansford, but all manner of coal-country towns in the area. Obviously, the word is out that this is a great place to eat, and service is taken seriously here. No lack of polish from the help, but nice and understated. So grab a beer from the bar and relax in a comfy booth -if you’re looking for something that the locals love, then try Kelly’s Pub and bring an appetite with you.