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Restaurant Review: The Whip Tavern

Best kept secret in Chester County! Came across this place after googling Irish/gastropub food for a place to go on st patricks day.  Nestled in the horse farms of Chester county, this little cottage is hands down a perfect place to go if looking for authentic English food. No reservations are accepted, they are closed on Tuesday but on a positive note the are BYOB! If you dont bring  your own, have no fear. They have a wide selection of draft and bottled beers. My favorite is a snakebite- Half Yager Half Cider. They have limited parking so I would get there early around 5 or later around 9ish.  Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, affordable fresh dishes. Lots of tv’s to watch soccer, horse racing or any local sports on. I have been to the Whip Tavern about 5 times- each time I am very pleased with the service and my meal.

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Sneak peak of the menu!

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My favorite appetizer- Welsh Rarebit…Melted irish cheeses with fresh toasted bread for dipping! Who doesn’t love melted cheese!!


Scotch Egg- Yes I know it does look very odd but the flavor is so distinct and delicious! Fried sausage wrapped in a hard boiled egg!

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My dinner- flakey, buttery, melt in your mouth fish and chips! The fish is fresh, not too overly fried or soggy.  And Yes they make there own steak fries! 🙂

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Homemade Irish Cooking

What would be my favorite moment in the kitchen? Without a doubt, cooking the foods my great grandparents and grandmother made while living in Castlebar Ireland. These moments give me a sense of comfort- because I am keeping my Irish heritage alive through my cooking. While growing up, I would go to my great uncles pub that he owned in Havertown, PA where I would watch my grandmother roll irish potatoes, marinate the corn beef, mash up potatoes for the Fisherman’s Pie for hours upon hours. And no matter what kind of day she was having she would make everything with love.

This recipe I am sharing is our “Kilgallen Irish Soda Bread“. Please Enjoy!


What you need:

3 1/2 cup of self rising flour

1 cup of sugar

3/4 cup of milk

8 ounces sour cream

2 eggs

3/4 box raisins

2 tablespoon of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla


1. Soak raisins in hot water for 15 minutes, drain well and set aside

2. Blend flour and sugar together

3. In a separate bowl mix milk, sour cream, eggs, butter and vanilla together.

4. In a larger bowl, combine and whisk together wet and dry ingredients until completely blended, add raisins and fold into batter

5. Grease and flour bunt pan

6. Spoon batter into pan

7. Bake at 375 for 10 min , then lower to 350, bake additional 30 minutes.

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