Sunday: Pub Quiz & Keeping it Cornish

One of the great Irish and British pub traditions is the pub quiz. You gather the people, a quizmaster calls out questions, and teams compete (and chat). It’s a relaxing, no worries type of event and loads of fun. But you don’t need to travel overseas to experience this! We’ve got one right here at Merlins Rest in Minneapolis.

Join us this evening for our weekly pub quiz hosted by our very own screaming Welshman John Dingley: ornithologist, stone mason, hagiography of General Grant, etc. He’s a good soul and quite a character, that Dingley. So check out his pub quiz and ease into the week. Teams of up to four allowed. Bring your friends or make new ones.

Also: an hour before and 30 minutes after the quiz, Sam Fiske provides the jazz. Sam’s Sandwich! Fine tunes.

NEW MENU

Just a reminder to you all that we’ve done some winter tinkering with the menu. For example, we’ve got not just the traditional bangers and mash but a vegetarian version. We even have added a vegetarian version of our Cornish pasty! But it isn’t all vegetarian and vegan upgrades–though they wore much needed for a number of our patrons–we’ve also got the BBC Burger (with our special thick-cut British-style bacon on an Angus beef patty that’s topped with melted cheddar cheese), the Excalibur Burger (not for the timid!), deep dish fruit pie, and so much more.

A BIT OF HISTORY

The Cornish pasty descends to us from the old mining industry in Cornwall. Down in the coal mines, one didn’t have easy access to decent food, of course, so the mining families came up with a right fine solution: take all the goodness you new to power your day of labor (beef, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, leeks and shallots) and seal them in a homemade, flaky (but not too flaky, of course) crust.

They could carry it easily, eat it like a sandwich, and all in all have a tasty break during what was rather awful work.

Today we can appreciate it served hot and with some lovely gravy; but as you break into your pasty we hope you’ll give a little thought to the history of this dish. And we hope you’ll keep the place or origin–Cornwall–associated with the pasty.

There’s actually a Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) that works to make sure this piece of history is not lost. We’re proud to put our pasty on the menu as “Cornish Pasty.” Mmmmm.

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