The Shamrock Irish Pub & Eatery
A little piece of Ireland in Murrieta
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Issue 37, Volume 17.
Graham Judge, one of the owners of the pub is from Dublin, Ireland. He opened the pub with his friend of 25 years, Paul Little, who is from Manchester, England.
Ever since it’s opening in December 2012, The Shamrock has strived to keep all of its customers entertained and interested by creating new events and bringing in more of the Irish feel. As of now, The Shamrock offers entertainment six nights a week and the owners are currently working on adding an event to Monday nights as well.
Every Tuesday, Ace’s Comedy Club joins The Shamrock creating Shamrock Stand Up Comedy; Wednesday’s at the pub is the "Sham Jam" in which the Small Kicks, a local band, host and encourage anyone to join them on stage; Thursdays through Saturdays feature various Irish bands like the Brick Top Blaggers, Craic Haus, Lexington Field, Vagrant Nation, Galway Hooker, Humble Hooligans and many others; Sunday’s are the restaurants "Family Funday’s" where Irish Claddagh dancers perform to live music and kids of all ages can come in for a fun time.
It all started when owner’s Graham Judge and Paul Little reconnected after losing contact with each other for years. They had both worked together in resorts in Greece, and years later, they found each other over Facebook.
Graham Judge, who also owns the first Shamrock Irish Pub in Spain, was looking for a move when he reconnected with Paul Little and Little suggest he move to Murrieta. After a visit, Judge was sold. Once both Little and Judge knew they were going to open a pub in Murrieta, Little began all the background and nitty-gritty work as Judge focused on the design and authentic atmosphere.
"Without my dad (Seamus), none of this would have happened. He was the driving force behind the pub in Spain," Judge explained.
Judge also admitted that once this pub settles, he plans to open more in Southern California.
"We do phenomenal food; we’ve had a great reputation for that now," Judge said.
With crowd favorites like the Fish ‘n Chips and traditional meals like Shepard’s Pie, The Shamrock has a little bit of everything.
"People come from everywhere to try the fish and chips," Judge said, which is their biggest seller. This is a huge dish in Ireland as well as the United Kingdom.
For those on a first visitto the pub, Little always recommends their fish and chips, which is smothered in malt vinegar and a "wee bit of salt." It is also done in their special beer batter.
"People come from miles around to sample it due to the reputation," he said.
Chef Hector Rodriguez described the food as "home cooking."
"[They are] family recipes made for a restaurant," he said.
Not only is the food genuinely Irish, but so are the drinks. The Irish Trash Can being one of the more popular drinks as well as beers like Guinness, Harp and other international and domestic beers.
The focus of the business is on their customers, from start to finish they want them to have a phenomenal experience, said Judge.
"People should come here because as it says above our door, ‘There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet,’" said Little. "We also believe that we give a true authentic Irish experience in both our entertainment and hospitality."
The staff aims to ensure that each customer has a fun and satisfactory visit every time they visit The Shamrock.
"Without the staff in here it wouldn’t happen. Our staff is our frontline. I say to every staff member, ‘just be yourself, I can’t train you to be yourself,’" Judge mentioned.
Carla Ward, a server at the pub, described what it’s like working at the pub.
"Working at the Shamrock is like being with my second family. It’s fun and every night there’s something different. We have an amazing staff, amazing people, amazing bosses, and an exciting new business. Something Murrieta should have had ages ago," said Ward.
The Shamrock Irish Pub and Eatery is also family-oriented.
"A good Irish pub can have a family thing going, as well," Judge said.
He wants people to know this it is not a place where people come to get "hammer drunk."
As far as up to 7 to 8 p.m., Judge said, "We love the fact that people come here with their kids."
He also said the Murrieta community has supported the pub very well.
"We try to give them back a good experience."
To spread the Irish culture further, The Shamrock owners came up with the idea for an Irish festival called "Get Shamrocked" which will take place next weekend, Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22.
"Basically all the Irish bands we have here will be together and on a bigger stage," Judge said. More information about the festival can be found on getshamrocked.com.
Tickets are also available at the pub.
"We work very hard to keep our standards high," Judge said.
The Shamrock is located at 39252 Winchester Rd. #145, Murrieta, CA 92563.
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