Schileen’s Pub in Westville offers a bit of Irish fare in an authentic pub atmosphere.
Co-owner and cook Eileen McGurk-Schillig recently sat down with the Gloucester County Times for a short interview about her career.
Q: Who are you?
A: I’ve been in the business for 25 years. My husband John (co-owner) is a third-generation Schillig of Black Horse Farms. We opened in 1995 as a sports bar, but society turned us into an Irish pub, and I’m 100-percent Irish.
I’ve taken several chef’s classes and have shadowed many chefs in Philadelphia, but everything here is my mom’s recipe.
Q: What Irish dishes do you serve at Schileen’s Pub?
A: We have fish and chips that’s always served with malt vinegar, and homemade Shepherd’s Pie with 80-percent lean ground sirloin, peas and carrots, mashed potatoes and my mom’s (Teddy McGurk) secret brown gravy recipe.
We also have Bangers and Mash which is sausage, mashed potatoes, onions and mom’s brown gravy, and ham and cabbage.
The Shepherd’s Pie is our most popular. It comes in a casserole dish and looks so pretty. It’s the ultimate comfort food. It hugs you from the inside.
Q: Why is St. Patrick’s Day your favorite day of the year?
A: Not only am I 100-percent Irish, but on that day, everyone’s Irish and everyone’s happy. We have green beer — Bud Light, Miller Light and Coors Light — bag pipe bands and we open at 8 a.m. with a green eggs and ham breakfast.
It feels like you’re in Ireland.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?
A: Organizing the menu. I have a great staff to cook, but they all follow the recipes and it’s all made my way, so it always comes out the same. It’s consistent.
Every quarter I make up a special menu. Right now it’s for St. Patrick’s Day. In May, it will be a Phillies menu and then it will be Jamaican Me Crazy, then football.
I go to a lot of chef shows to learn about all the new things, then bring it all back to my excellent staff. My staff is friendly and awesome.
Q: If you go out to eat, where do you go and what do you order?
A: Italian and Chinese because it’s different from what we have here. I love Italian, dipping the bread in oils.
Q: If you weren’t in the restaurant business, where would you be doing?
A: I’d be a banker because I love finances.
Extra tid-bit: The name Schileen’s came from combining part of John Schillig’s last name — Schil — and Eileen’s first name — leen. The two pieces together became Schileen’s.
Schileen’s Pub is located at 32 Delsea Drive in Westville. For more information, call 856-456-2382 or visit schileenspub.com.