None of us is Irish, but we decide to enjoy ourselves on St. Patrick’s Day. We head out to the Coach & Lantern in Ancaster, Ontario. We arrive at a 200-year old stone building. The signs outside tell us that we are in for a treat for the taste of a British pub.
Our friends have brought along cup cakes and chocolates to share, including the famous mint and chocolate scones from Cobs Bread in Oakville (Ontario). They make these green scones only once a year on St. Paddy’s Day. We of course order our green drinks–my husband likes his green beer and since I have given up alcohol for Lent, mine is green ginger ale.
The Coach & Lantern serves very good food. Even on a busy day like today, service is prompt and many of us order from the St. Patrick’s Day special menu, such as corn beef and cabbage, corn beef sandwich, and beef and Guinness dip.
We laugh and sing and have a lot of fun. Above all, we wear something green on us to fit the occasion and it appeals to me to think of this as a St. Paddy’s Day Masquerade.
Coach & Lantern, 384 Wilson Street East, Ancaster, Ontario