COME in out of the cold to warm your heart by the hearth at Sexton’s Bar, open wide for Christmas. Owner run in genuine spirit and deed by the Healy family, managers Barry, Aileen and Kelly Healy have pioneered a new steer to this Limerick institution, inspired by the Irish homestead.
Walk right into welcoming lobby, its velvety plush seating lining the walls and fireside. In then to the parlour, comfortable arranged around a stove, conveniently side by side with a cottage kitchen.
Colours of grey and teal and mustard carry on into – wait for it – a bathroom. Ensconce yourself in the claw foot Victorian bath that seats three, or perch on the loo seat.
Out then to the smoking room and the adjacent non-smoking beer and pizza garden.
There Sexton’s houses Limerick’s only outdoor wood-fire pizza oven and the food is fabulous. Thank you, chef John Ryan, for beautifully seasoned margarita; pepperoni and peppers; courgette, brie and caramelised onion; and a dessert pizza with apple, raspberry and custard caramel.
“We have live music too, for several nights a week over the Christmas period,” says Kelly whose own background is in event management. Her flair for this familiar and fun concept of ‘keeping house’ is evident. “We have music here December 20, 21, 22, 23, the 26th and December 30 and 31.”
A happy, happy Christmas and New Year assured with hundreds of likes on Facebook already.