Napper Tandy's in Walpole, Massachusetts: Classic Irish Pub
Atmsophere, Amazing Food, Pool Room Downstairs
Napper Tandy's, Walpole, Massachusetts
by Eric Hurwitz. Page updated on 3/15/17. All photos by Eric unless
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Napper Tandy's in Walpole, Mass., is one of those restaurants
that has so much appeal in its atmosphere, food and overall spirit that
it begs repeated visits.
Formerly the drab, "divey" Kylemore and, most recently, the slightly
tired-looking but otherwise worthy Beckett's, Napper Tandy's opened in
early April 2014 and is clearly a completely different dining
establishment than its predecessors. The restaurant -- housed in a
historic Walpole cottage-like building -- now looks like something out
of a spectacular HGTV restoration project episode and with food
reminiscent of those mouthwatering dishes you'd see on The Food Network.
Walking through the right side door leads to a beautiful,
large dining room with gleaming wooden floors, big picture windows,
high tables and a long handsome bar. It's cozy, yet vibrant-feeling and
21st-century-relevant like some special casual date night or
family-friendly pub you'd find in the big city and not in a quaint New
England town like Walpole.
Large dining room and bar at
Napper Tandy's in Walpole.
The smaller separate dining room features a charming Irish pub with
authentic decor, another fine-looking bar, and tables spaced out well enough to not feel
cramped. Both rooms have the requisite modern presence of several big
Those two rooms would be enough to make Napper Tandy's Walpole more
than appealing, but walk downstairs and you'll find a 6,000 sq. ft.
games and billiard center with nine pool tables, darts and a full bar.
This concept fills a niche in Walpole as the town has no other
restaurant and bar with a dedicated billiards room.
Napper Tandy's Walpole certainly has the looks and opportunity to have
some fun, but what about the food, drink, service and pride of
Fortunately, Napper Tandy's Walpole comes through by surpassing all the
criteria of what makes a great overall dining experience for lunch and
John Jacob and co-owner wife Niamh have gained significant experience
owning and operating Napper Tandy's restaurants in Norwood and
Roslindale -- as well as Eugene O'Neill's in Jamaica Plain -- to not
only make those restaurants successful but take all those years in the
industry to make the Walpole location a showpiece.
"We have had a lot of success with Napper Tandy's, and wanted to bring
that to Walpole," said Jacob, 43, a resident of the town who originally
hails from Kildare, Ireland. "We concentrtate more on the food at the
Walpole location. It has been a long time coming at this location and
we are happy with the feedback we have received so far."
Downstairs pool room at Napper
That "feedback" has been witnessed in the form of full parking lots,
and a general buzz around Walpole about positive dining experiences at
Irish pub favorites like Shepard's pie and fish and chips still exist
here from the Beckett's days, but the focus is a more well-rounded
offering of familiar traditional offerings (like steak tips, chicken
parmesan, BBQ mixed grille) and sauteed creative dishes. Highlights
include the Haddock Nantucket with herb breadcrumb and New England clam
chowder served with rice and sauteed broccoli; and the pan-seared
chicken portobello sauteed with portobello mushrooms, white wine and
garlic and served with wild rice and seasonal vegetables.
The burgers are about the best one could imagine, certainly surpassing
those high profile, trendy burger places that have been in vogue
lately. Want proof? Take a look...
Burger from Napper Tandy's.
Clearly not your basic burger, the 100 percent sirloin gem is cooked to
perfection and, in this case, accompanied by tasty carmalized onions
and a truly fresh, picked-from-the-garden-tasting tomato and salad. If
opting for the fries, they are 100 percent hand-cut and out-of-this
"Seems like everyone uses kobe and grass fed these days, but we like
going with the sirloin and doing it right," said Jacob about the
Mixed greens salads serve as another popular food category including
steak and goat cheese and apple and pecan, as well as a classic Caesar.
Napper Tandy's also offers a nice variety of hand-tossed pan-cooked
pizzas and appetizers like coconut curried mussels, curried fries,
steak and cheese eggrolls, fried calamari, wings, and twice baked
The drinks selection is tremendous with all the usual suspects, plus a
great selection of craft beers including several IPAs on tap and
selections like Slumbrew out of Somerville, Mass., Pretty Things of
Westport, Mass., Notch Brewing Company out of Ipswich, Mass., and the
hard-to-find-locally Ommegang from Cooperstown, N.Y.
In the summer, an outdoor patio dining area provides a nice setting!
And at nighttime, Napper Tandy's look so warm and inviting -- the kind
of place you'd imagine when thinking of the ideal Irish pub...
It is clear that everything Napper Tandy's offers adds up to one
element that Jacob believes is missing in many modern day restaurants
-- that is, the art and science of hospitality.
"We are big on service, quality, pricing -- and are big fans of
personality," said Jacob. "The bartenders just like to have fun with
the guests. We take our time making the food to get it just right. We
have a truly talented chef in Marc DiStolfo. We want our
customers to have a real dining experience, not rushed and in a
These are not just words, but a way of life and a requisite business
model in the way John and Niamh run Napper Tandy's Walpole. This
passionate way of operating a restaurant ultimately proves that
tradition always trumps trendiness when dining out, and people have
been packing the place to enjoy this long-revered dining out genre.
Napper Tandy's Of Walpole
is located at 1065 Main St., Walpole MA. Tel. (508) 668-1191
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