Emmett’s Castle at Blue Hill

Source: Brian Donohue, http://www.irishemigrant.com

Tues, 23rd Aug, 2011

The thriving Irish community in Pearl River, New York has a new gem of an Irish Pub to add to the town’s already booming pub scene. Golfers among you may already be aware of this historic alehouse, situated on the picturesque Blue Hill Golf Course. However, this is no longer just your average 19th hole; it is now Emmett’s Castle, a pub and restaurant sure to become a local institution.

© Ryan Buncher, pearlriver.patch.comEmmett’s Castle is housed in a centuries-old idyllic mansion, steeped in local history. Originally built as a private golfing retreat for a turn-of-the-century millionaire, his creation lives on at Blue Hill Golf Course, one of the most elegant courses on the East Coast, boasting a 27-hole range, located just 20 miles from Manhattan.

The new project is under the guidance of accomplished publican Emmett Woods, a Pearl River resident and president of Rockland GAA, who grew up in his family’s restaurant business in Tyrone before eventually making his way to the US in 1985. After working in various restaurants in the Bronx, he opened Mahoney’s Irish Pub and Steakhouse in Poughkeepsie in 2004.

At Emmet’s Castle, Woods hopes to make the most of his experience and draw on the success of his past ventures. He envisions the new business as a family-style restaurant; a destination for those seeking a place to call their own, or looking to celebrate special occasions in the warm and inviting pub and restaurant.

“Whatever your requirements, we will put our heart and souls into meeting them.” Woods says assuredly of the new venture.

A first-class dining room and an exclusive, shaded rear patio, complete with breathtaking views of the course, only scratch the surface of the refined yet not even remotely stuffy décor. At Emmet’s Castle, the bar and the back patio combine to seat approximately 170, and the dining room seats another 120 people.

Executive Chef Philip Spencer is a vastly experienced culinary expert, skillfully assisted by a management and staff who pride themselves in their professionalism and helpfulness.

The menu is a glimpse of Spencer’s versatility, with dishes including 8 oz filet mignon with mashed potatoes and vegetables, blue cheese fondue, pan roasted cod and Little Neck clam chowder. If you’re in the mood for some classic bar snacks, the pub menu has got you covered, offering choices ranging from Emmett’s wings or pulled pork sandwiches, to cheddar and ale soup.

© Ryan Buncher, pearlriver.patch.com

The extensive wine list covers fruity pinot noirs to dry Riesling, and will compliment your delicious meal. Stopping by for a drink to relax at the bar after a long day of golf or work, customers can avail of top class comfort for all major sports, with six flat screen TVs and surround sound bringing the action to life.

Emmett’s also offers catering for large and small groups, including weddings, communions, graduations, birthday parties, private dinners and luncheons, and business conferences. The entire restaurant can be reserved for catering events, with many options available. Perhaps enjoying the sunset on the patio would suit, or a quiet meal in the dining room?

Emmett’s Castle at Blue Hill is now fully up and running with a complete menu and full bar, and live music slated to begin August 27. The official grand opening celebration is scheduled for October 1, with performances by local step dancers and special guests the Hudson Valley Regional Police Pipes and Drums. For upcoming events or to book your own party, see emmettscastle.com.

For tee times and more, call Blue Hill Pro Shop at (845)-735-2094.

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