The pub and restaurant is owned by father and son duo Thomas and Ronnie Corley, originally from Dublin, but who spent many years living in Spain.
The Irish Times is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a string of favourites on the menu. Clientèle is largely made up of foreigners, both local and tourists, including many Brits, Australians, and Russians from “all walks of life”, explains Thomas.
The last two or three years has seen a noticeable increase in the number of young Irish men working in the mines in Australia, and visiting Phuket on their holidays.
The high number of people visiting from Australia in general prompted chicken parmigiana to be added to the menu. This Australian classic is Italian-style breaded chicken breast, topped with tomato sauce and smothered with cheese, and served with French fries or pasta (B260).
“Everyone has their own personal favourites,” Thomas says. “We have two food specials and a different soup every day.”
Fish and chips were on the menu for this New Zealand writer. The Irish Times serves the fish cooked in beer batter, with French fries, mushy peas and tartar sauce (B330).
Also recommended is the barbecue back ribs (B395) and bangers and mash (B275).
Always a hit with Western males, imported Australian steaks – T-bone, rib eye, sirloin and tenderloin – start at B450, and come served with French fries or baked potatoes and a side salad, plus your choice of sauce. For a change from the traditional steak, check out the “steakstone”, which is steak cooked on a hot plate at your table (starting at B450).
If you’ve still got room at the end, you’ll definitely want to try the famous Ma Reilly’s apple pie (B120) – homemade apple pie served with ice-cream or fresh cream.
The Irish Times is very family friendly (there’s also a decent kids menu, starting at just B90), while every Wednesday is the popular pub quiz, which is free to enter and starts just after 8pm.
“Lots of regulars come in for that,” Thomas says.
Friday night is also a good night to visit, when the Barbie’s Army rock ‘n’ roll band play for the crowd, and for years the Sunday Carvery has proved a smash hit with patrons.
It’s all you can eat for B440 and includes roast lamb, beef, barbecue ham, chicken, pork, fresh vegetables and Yorkshire pudding.
So even if you’re not Irish, don’t let that stop you from visiting the Irish Times. It’s full of great Western food favourites and the company is always excellent.
Irish Times, Jungceylon shopping mall, Patong. Open from 10am until late daily. 076 366 085. irishtimespub-phuket.com