Today's Recipe

Mussels in Garlic and Guinness


Serves 4

The Brazen Head, on Lower Bridge Street, in Dublin, has been trading for 800 years. It is reputed to be not only the oldest pub in Dublin, but also one of the oldest pubs in all of Ireland. It stands on the site of a twelfth-century tavern near the River Liffey, and started serving the public before Ireland's first licensing laws were passed in 1635. Like many inns of that era, it had a courtyard for catering to visiting coaches and rooms for overnight accommodation, and like many humble Irish establishments, good food and wine.

Merchants, smugglers, rebels, and patriots were counted as patrons of the Brazen Head, including leading figures in Ireland's independence movement, such as Robert Emmet, Wolfe Tone, and Daniel O'Connell. No longer a hotel, the Brazen Head remains one of Dublin's most distinctive public houses and has an enviable reputation for providing good food and drink, traditional Irish music, and lively conversation. These mussels, steamed in garlic and Guinness, are one of the pub's most popular starters.

from The Irish Pub Cookbook

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