Natalie Kane ’14
Ever since Thatcher McGhee’s opened in Denville in January, the new Irish restaurant has been generating a lot of buzz. I assure you that this attention is well deserved. As soon as one enters the building, a large lot between Main Street and Broadway, it is apparent that this restaurant has something which has become a rare commodity in the age of fast food: atmosphere. The restaurant is divided into three main areas; a spacious bar, a cozy Irish cottage complete with a genuine thatched roof, and an attractive dining room furnished in the style of traditional Irish pubs. Although the roomy feel of the restaurant created by the smaller than customary amount of tables does create long lines at peak hours, patient customers are rewarded with the pleasure of personal space.
Although ambience creates an excellent first impression, the food is always the main attraction. Thatcher McGhee’s boasts an extensive menu with plenty of standard pasta, meat and fish dishes, but I was most curious about the authentic Irish fare, the restaurant’s specialty. I ordered fish and chips, a simple classic, and was very impressed. Presentation was spot on: a generous portion of two fish filets with fries served in a basket with paper printed to look like newsprint (a nod to the way the dish was traditionally served in the United Kingdom). The flaky fish with crispy breading also surpassed all of my expectations. Other members of my party were equally satisfied with an outstanding plate of tender and tasty corned beef and cabbage and the “Taste of Ireland,” a delicious combo plate including two different stews, shepherd’s pie, chicken pot pie, and Irish sausages. If you are looking for a unique and affordable local restaurant, look no further than Thatcher McGhee’s – just don’t be surprised if lots of other customers have the same idea!