Friendly staff are quick to welcome arriving customers to the Heffernan family's pleasant modernish pub in the heart of Arklow town.
It's a cosy spot with a real fire and is popular with the local business community - while Main Street may turn its back on the river and harbour, the lunchtime talk here reflects Arklow's thriving maritime industry (shipping, offshore wind farms, ship repair and boat-building).
At lunchtime there's a businesslike approach, with sensible specials such as fish of the day, Christy's own burgers and cottage pies offered at reasonable prices. They do a very good house chowder, which comes with a choice of homemade brown bread or garlic bread and, while fish is the most obvious local produce used there''s also a sprinkling of other produce including a tasty starter of deep fried Wicklow Brie with sweet pepper chutney.
The range of sandwiches offers something for everyone, whether you feel like a proper steak sandwich (4oz sirloin) with handcut chips & salad, or something more exotic - pitta bread, ciabatta and panini are all on offer, and there's an Indian chicken wrap for spice lovers.
When a more serious meal is called for, you can choose between the likes of Mustard seed and fennel roasted salmon with warm Tuscan salad and basil & lime dressing, several steaks and burgers, and roast half duck.
There are some vegetarian choices, of course - a Portobello mushroom burger with goats cheese, perhaps - and dishes suitable for coeliacs are highlighted on the menu.
Tasty and fairly priced food at this comfortable and well run pub make it a reliable destination for visitors to the town.