One of the first places we tried after moving to Maplewood, St. James Gate (known in our house simply as “the Pub”), is a welcoming spot with an impressive bar, a comfortable dining room, and more than solid food.
The well-worn, wooden bar surrounded by dark wood paneling is the perfect place for a pint of stout. Beyond Guinness, there are always a few interesting global beer and cider selections on tap. Ask the friendly bartenders for a recommendation. The bar area is separated from the dining room by a partial wall, making it even cozier for drinkers. For a nice view of passersby while sipping your brew, grab the high table next to the bar by the window.
In the family friendly dining room, there’s a working stone fireplace and live Irish music some weekends. The Gate’s menu includes Irish standards like Shepherd’s Pie, a full Irish Breakfast, and a very generous portion of well-made fish and chips. Like many Jersey Irish pubs, Irish-American food also stands out. Try the Chicken Murphy with hot peppers or the Tipperary Reuben. The heaping bowl of Bantry Bay Mussels in white wine with spicy sausage makes an excellent appetizer, or small meal. Our kids love the mac and cheese, grillled cheese, and burgers.
Every Jersey town needs a comfortable old world style pub. Maplewood has one of the best.