If you want a glass of Malt that no epicure can fault
just take a walk and halt at Smyth's select bars."
This rhyme was penned by Patrick Smyth, John's grandfather, and has been used ever since as a symbol of the quality and reliability of Smyths.
Patrick Smyth began his career as a publican at Market Square Navan and purchased a second pub here in Academy Street in December 1934. Patrick's son John snr. took over the Academy Street pub and developed the bar and a shop, which became one of the first Mini-Markets in Navan.
John, together with his wife Rose (of the Hyland family, Fair Green, Navan, who were at the forefront of the transition from horsedrawn to motor transport in the town) ran the business successfully from 1949 to 1984.
In 1984 John jnr, the 3rd generation family member came to the business and now runs the business along with his wife Irene (a member of the Dunne family). Irene had managed the family business Michael Dunne Hardware at Market Square for a number of years.
John and Irene embarked on a major redevelopment of the Academy Street premises in 2002. In October that year, they opened the first Gala Convenience store in Navan, where their personal slogan is "Bringing traditional values to modern convenience".
The stylish refurbishment of the pub was also completed in time for a Christmas 2002 opening. The new look pub has a warm, luxurious and welcoming atmosphere. Retaining the nostalgic Forge (memories of times past in Navan) and adding new areas such as the "French Kitchen", where the traditional and modern are successfully combined. The contemporary sections are proving popular for various parties and gatherings.
Another great feature is the beer garden "The Railway Garden" which has its own "Bicycle Shed". The Beer Garden reflects the changes in our lifestyle and creates a continental feel.
An important aspect of this family business is the link between the traditional Publican/Grocer style premises. Customers can have morning coffee, lunch and an afternoon or evening snack. They can enjoy a drink and arrange their grocery and off-licence requirements as well. Their Gala store has newspapers, magazines, lotto, a hot and cold deli counter and also most of your grocery and confectionary requirements. Their extensive off-licence stocks a large selection of chilled beers, wines and spirits.
We can cater for your party - birthday, anniversary, christening, Holy Communion, confirmation and staff parties. Our beer garden is heated and we have a smoking area.
We, John & Irene, maintain the same standards as the generations before us with emphasis on providing quality produce, customer care and friendly service. We continually strive to maintain high standards in the quality and service of our food. We pride ourselves on our varied and interesting menu. We are confident you will enjoy your visit to our pub and look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back again.
"If you want to go for a jar
and you don't want to take the car
You won't have to walk too far
to find a Smyth's Bar"
While in Navan, visit the Hill of Tara, play golf in the Royal Tara Golf Club or Navan Golf Club.
Visit the Solstice Theatre which is just a short stroll from our premises.
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