One of J.’s greatest accomplishments is making me a hockey fan. And not just a hockey fan, but a Tampa Bay Lightning fan. We frequent a handful of games throughout the season and try to make it to at least one playoff game (if we are that lucky!) And as part of our Lightning date-night tradition, the night always starts with a quick bite to eat at Four Green Fields a few blocks away.
Four Green Fields is a quaint, inviting little Irish cottage style pub hidden away behind the convention center off of West Platt Street. Also known as “America’s only authentic thatched roof pub.” The minute you approach the green door with family crests in the windows, you know you are in for a real Irish experience. Inside, you’ll be greeted by a large dark wooden bar that wraps around to the back of the pub, photos and old historical news articles hung all over the walls, and soccer jerseys and scarves hanging from the ceiling. A great place to come remember the old and celebrate the new.
Their menu has a variety of options from corned beef, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and burgers as well as a wide selection of Irish beers and whiskeys. The majority of the time I go for the turkey Reuben – thin sliced turkey, coleslaw, cheese, and thousand island dressing served on toasted marble rye bread. While not an Irish classic, I crave this sandwich. I’ll look forward to it all day, all week even. All of the flavors meld together so well with the tangy dressing balancing the sweet coleslaw perfectly. Served with fries, they are always served hot, crispy and fresh.
J. typically goes for a real Reuben or patty melt (which is my second favorite menu item!), but this last time went for a classic burger. It was cooked perfectly, super juicy, and served on a delicious onion roll. So whether classic American or Irish pub food, the Four Green Fields kitchen knows what they are doing.
Before hockey games, Rowdies games, or really anything else going on at Amalie Arena, this little pub gets very, very busy. Not a bad thing, as it makes for a great pre-game atmosphere. If you’re looking to get food, get there early.
Lightning, Rowdies, Tampa, and Ireland fans alike love to make Four Green Fields home. It’s one of those places that is full of regulars, and trust me, after one visit, you’ll want to be one too.
P.S. Check out a night with live music, every weekend has traditional Irish musicians. The pub comes alive with everyone singing along together.
Until next time!