Get your Green On!– You’ve Got to Eat in Carleton Place!


There is nothing like celebrating St Patrick’s Day in Carleton Place, Ontario. You will meet everyone at our local watering holes: from an actual Irish dude, to the Dad who went out for cigarettes 12 years ago and never came back. Of course there will be those fake fighting Irish women, or the guy sporting a Shamrock tattoo that will actually pay off that day.

So what’s happening in Carleton Place on St. Patrick’s Day?

St James Gate- Our Original Irish Pub- 111 Bridge Street is beginning to party at 11am. They will be featuring their Celtic meals like: their delicious St. James Pie and Fish N Chips, as well as green beer. Don’t forget they exclusively serve Easy Amber and Bud Buster from the Perth Brewery. Say Hi to Rebecca, and the other St James gals, and tip them your festive hat and some green!

Ballygiblins on Bridge Street -151 Bridge Street

If you never had a real Irish Stew you need to walk, no run, to Ballygiblin’s tomorrow. Chef Dusty Pettes (“Just Dusty” to me) told me he is making ‘the real deal’— you got it- Irish Lamb Stew. Lamb stew is Irish penicillin: a rich stew full of potatoes, leeks and carrots that’ll cure whatever ails you. While you’re there you should order the Lamb Meatloaf with all the fixins’ to take home for dinner. After drinking all that green beer you are going to be in NO condition to cook, so might as well kill two birds with one stone. As usual, they offer Gluten-free choices, and if you are on a diet there is always the festive Giblin’s Greens.

Old Town Bakery—73 Lake Avenue West

This was a review I found on Yelp:

They have a literal WALL of fresh bread and baked goods. A sneeze-guarded rack of brownies and butter tarts and nanaimo bars and things I’ve never heard of that would re-assign the sneeze-guard as a drool-guard. They have a sandwich station set up ala Subway, but brother – this ain’t Subway. They have fresh loaves of bread waiting to be sliced into extra-thick pieces for your giant sandwich. Lots of sandwich fixin’s to choose from and they’re not stingy. Once your sandwich is complete they wrap it in wax paper and stick it satisfyingly into a brown paper bag, Then you have to try hard not to request any croissants or broccoli and cheese filled something-or-rathers which can be heated up if that’s your fancy.

My thoughts are: You have to go in there to meet Kathy! Tomorrow, they will have Shamrock Cookies, Shamrock Krispie Squares, and they told me today that they were baking St Patrick Day cupcakes. Get one of each, and give Kathy a hug – or try:)


The Queens 142 Bridge Street

If you have read my book “Tilting the Kilt” you need to make at least ONE pit-stop at this historic hotel. As legend goes, Mrs. Mary Chatterton ran the “Chatterton House” in the Queen’s Hotel alleyway. It was well reputed that Mrs. Chatterton served more than alcohol to her clients! An advertisement for Chatterton House read: the proprietress has spent a large portion of her time in catering to the wants of the traveling public and this house has become justly famous for its good cheer and pleasant associations.” 

The Queen’s Hotel no longer has to deal with Lady Chatterton, but will be having LIVE music all day (The Diplomats from 6-10), and of course, will be serving up Guinness Beer. On March 17th, 13 million pints of Guinness will be knocked back around the world in honour of St. Patrick so have one for me at The Queens. They will also be giving out pairs of SENS tickets, hats you name it. May the road rise up to meet you at The Queens.

The Lunch Box (Army Navy Club) Townline Road

The gals will be serving up some good old fashioned home-cooking from 11-5- serving home made Irish Stew on top of mashed potatoes. When I was there they were just baking Key Lime Pies for tomorrow. Enjoy a lunch there like Mum used to make.  And, don’t forget our local legion ANAF on Townline are having an Irish breakfast at 11:00 and festivities during the day .

The Waterfront Gastro Pub-12 Bell Street

According to the meals at the Waterfront are good, hearty and homemade, so will St. Paddy’s day be any different? The people who work there are friendly, professional, and this historical establishment is just across the town’s main bridge nestled along the Mississippi river bank. They are going to have live music until 1 am, and lots of yummy Irish fare. So may the sound of happy music, and the lilt of Irish music fill your heart with gladness.

The Thirsty Moose 20 Bridge Street

Lets face it– why does anyone go to the Moose? If you are reading this outside of Carleton Place, you need to go there once in your life to meet the Moose’s owner, Bubba. When I asked him what was going on he told me no lies- just the facts shot from his spot on the bar eating a salad. A salad? There goes Bubba’s reputation around town.

Bubba sadly told me ‘the damn band canceled’ for St. Paddy’s Day. Anyone that knows the Carleton Place watering hole knows you don’t need a damn band at The Moose. So bring along your harmonica, guitar, and singing voice, as Bubba is already chilling the Green Beer and stirring the Irish Stew. When I asked him why people should come to The Moose on St. Patrick’s Day, his response was,

Where else are you going to get hammered on a Tuesday?”


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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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