Best Craft-Friendly Restaurant: Flying Shamrock Irish Pub

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By Lindell John Kay

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

An old proverb says when two Irish friends get together for lunch; one of three outcomes is inevitable: They drink until dawn, end up fighting in the street or decide to open a pub together. Such a meeting occurred in Goldsboro a decade ago and the Flying Shamrock Irish Pub and Restaurant was born.

The pub, at 115 N. John St., has been open ever since. This year, the pub has been named Carolina Brew Scene’s Best Craft-Friendly Restaurant.

Current owner Chris Yones, a retired Air Force sergeant, picked up the tab earlier this year, keeping alive the nostalgia and downtown business. It’s personal for Yones, who met his wife at the Flying Shamrock. He said the pub also reminds him of places he visited while stationed in Europe.

The pub quickly became a favorite of locals and tourists, young and old alike, with old-world Guinness stew and the Flying Shamrock sandwich, piled high with hot corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and special Emerald Isle dressing.

The pub is famous for its Flying Wings and Shamrock Fingers, doused in Celtic Dragon sauce, and the Patty Mac, a ham and turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato, great with either cranberry mayonnaise or honey Dijon mustard.

Notable custom craft beers include Bitter Top, three-quarters Harp and one-quarter Sprite; Snake Bite, half Cider, half Harp; and Wooden Moon, half Cider, half Blue Moon.

The pub is open Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:30 pm to 1 a.m. and closed on Sunday. Deals include free beer tasting on the first Monday of each month, $1 off craft beers every Tuesday, discounts for first responders on Wednesday, and military appreciation Saturdays.

The pub has grown into a fixture in the local community, hosting events like the annual Kilt Run and a head shaving party to raise money for local childhood cancer charities.