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Limey’s Pub

October 3rd, 2010

Last night Ethan and I went to check out the newly opened Limey’s Pub.  I’ve been looking forward to this place opening because it’s in walking distance of my house and it’s something new and different for downtown. 
Inside they’ve done a great job with remodeling.  It’s not the dark (although kind of dim) shady atmosphere that Sampan was and it had a laid back and yes, “pubby” feel to it. ???? ??????? ???? ???? ?????

We started off with a couple pints of Guiness

and then Ethan got the shepherd’s pie and I got the fish and chips:

 The pie was really good.  A traditional mixture of beef and lamb with vegetables, mashed potatoes and cheese.

and the fish was perfectly light and flakey:

The fries were really great too.  The service was friendly and attentive, as you’d expect it to be during their first week open but I think it is just the kind of place that will always make you feel welcome and treat their customers well. ????? ???????
I’m so glad this was a good experience with good food because as we know, downtown needs some good places to go to. I really wish them well.
No website yet and if you google them, there’s not a lot of information like a phone number or anything but I’m guessing it’s because they’re just so new, but they’re at 101 Concord Street (where Sampan’s used to be). uno rules  


  1. i grabbed a beer there today. it looks really nice in there.

    Comment by Joe October 3, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

  2. I just hope the old Sampan crowd stays away.

    Comment by FRG October 3, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  3. Thanks so much for the review – I wanted to head there this weekend but didn’t get the chance.

    Question: I notice a kid in one of your picutres above and my wife and I were thinking of going there for an early dinner with our two kids – did you feel it was a place they would be welcomed? One of my two would need a high-chair.

    Either way, with kids or without, I’ll be in there for a pint soon!

    Comment by gary October 4, 2010 @ 7:35 am

  4. Went there last night, with my wife and our two five-year-olds. We had a nice time, and we’d recommend it.

    It was pretty empty (understandably, it was a Sunday night). When we arrived, there were TVs going pretty loud, which is typical of most places these days. But after we seated ourselves as far as possible from the TVs, the staff seemed to get the message, turned them down, and put on some quiet John-Mayer-type music. Anyway, it was nice they were attentive to us that way.

    They gave the kids crayons and balloons, so kid friendly it is. And the food was quite good, with a few hard-core pub choices like Scotch Egg (hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage and deep fried) along with the chicken-wing-type stuff. And our food was very good (fish and chips, burgers).

    We talked with the owner, a British guy who was very friendly. He mentioned that he found it hard getting the place approved etc. I’d say that if the town of Framingham wants downtown to have more nice places like this, we have to work hard to ENCOURAGE new arrivals like Limey’s (tax breaks, help with permitting, etc.) who will make downtown a destination, not DISCOURAGE them.

    Also, where do you park down there? Maybe there’s a nearby lot. But the street is lined with scary signs that say “Temporary Parking After 7 pm.” What does that mean? How temporary? How does that encourage anybody to spend time downtown after dark?

    Comment by foppy October 4, 2010 @ 8:38 am

  5. I stopped by yesterday morning butthey were not open. I had a peek inside and it does look nice.

    Can anyone that has been there tell me if they have a dart board?

    Comment by Joe October 4, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  6. Yes, they do have a dart board.

    Comment by foppy October 4, 2010 @ 11:27 am

  7. Great to hear about this place …. and thank you foppy fro your reply to my question. Will definitely have to get down there and check it out.

    I do hope others will support this new business!

    Comment by Joe October 4, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

  8. We need a parking garage at the old fabric place to make it conveni

    Comment by Frank October 4, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

  9. I was there myself on Saturday – it was great. I recommend the chicken curry & chips. Very good!! And they have Magner’s Cider too – something that you can’t get many places out here. Yay!! The waitress was very nice and did mention plans for a dartboard and a pool table. Now if only they’d sell some Cadbury’s choclates and maybe some Walker’s crisps at the bar and it’d be perfect 🙂

    Comment by jen October 4, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  10. I had lunch here Sunday. It is definitly NOT Sampans. The new owners did a great job renovating and cleaning up the inside. The only issue I had was parking. There is an empty parking lot in the back that the owners aren’t sure who owns and apparently Smitty’s towing likes to tow anything that parks there. The owners are actively trying to find out how to let customers park there without issue.
    The menu was nice and small, just like you’d expect in a pub. I had a chicken sandwiche that was really good and my friend had the sausage sandwiche which was done really well too. The beer list is not extensive, but it stays away from your typical bud, coors, miller crap. This is definitly a good start to making downtown more desirable. I wish them luck.

    Comment by Derek October 7, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  11. I went there with my partner and did not like the service I recieved. Although the food was pretty decent, I had an awfully rude and quite frankly creepy bartender. His name was Mike or Michael or Mitch or something like that, but he was extremely slow in asking if I needed another drink or even coming in and checking on us. He was however quite interested in perhaps a friend of his who he was talking to and leaning on the counter. I will probabyl give this place another shot but hope I don’t have to deal with his non-sense again.

    Comment by Julia Werbinski Fitzgerald October 8, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

  12. I ate there sunday night and it was AWESOME!!! I had the sheperds pie and my friends had the fish and chips and the Limey Burger. Good drinks and Excellent service. I will be going back again this weekend.

    Comment by Paul October 8, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

  13. Great to see a nice new pub that seems inviting come to downtown. I’ll have to stop in for a pint soon. I don’t think many people will miss the Sampan.

    It would also be a good place I bet to stop in before or after a show at Amazing Things for a quick bite as well.

    Good luck Limey’s!

    Comment by Brett October 9, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

  14. I’ve been in several times. Every meal was good! Families are welcome and they have a pool table and dartboard. The place is clean and the staff are friendly. Let’s support them and keep this place! The owners are working on the parking situation. What a nice addition to downtown!

    Comment by John Caravello October 11, 2010 @ 7:05 am

  15. had meatloaf, wife had the burger

    the good: meatloaf, whipped potatoes, burger, gravy

    the bad: fries with burger tasted like they had been fried well in advance – a definite no no for those who know the restaurant biz – fries should be made to order

    got a vodka collins – EXTREMELY WEAK – tasted no booze. for good drinks i reccommend Han or O’Connells.

    Limeys needs to learn that the people who frequent bars in that area simply have no use for a weak drink. this isn’t fanueil hall, weak pours will not fly in downtown framingham

    Comment by Joe October 11, 2010 @ 10:45 am

  16. I was there on the 2nd day they were open. It was a friday night and I took my HS age son for dinner after his HS activity. We were there around 7 and there were some people there that seemed to be old sampan regulars. the food was overall good but there were issues that I assume to being open for only two days. I had the fish/chips. fish was great, fries were hot but not crisp. My son had the limey burger. came out a few mintues after my meal. he liked it but the burger was a lttle to med/rare for my taste. His fries though were perfect. Best yet , the waitress forgot to add our drinks to the bill. I took that for the trade of my bad fries and the uneven food timing for our meals.
    I will return and based on the pic of that sheppards pie, look forward to having that next time.
    And i absolutely agree that downtown needs more places like this to atract the regular folks who reside in this town.

    Comment by Rich October 12, 2010 @ 11:54 am

  17. Man, I found this website looking for something else and here is a bar where I used to go for some chinese food!
    I love their shrimp with fried rice!
    The last time I was there was in 2004, NBA finals… Lakers vs Detroit. I was 20yo by the time and I wanted to have my meal there while watching the game. They didn’t let me because of my age and I missed the game. Never returned. Never will.

    Comment by Silvano October 15, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

  18. Limey’s added a second page to their menu with 5 new sandwiches and 4 burgers! Some changes to the original menu to try and adjust things from opening. Also, they are doing cornhole on Sundays, luck of the draw on Weds, Kereoke on Thurs. and looking for some nice musicians for Friday. You can become a fan on facebook to to find out more.

    Comment by Mary October 16, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

  19. This place should be called Slimey’s.

    We went last Friday. The food was okay. As noted by others,
    the french fries leave a lot to be desired. The fish-n-chips
    tasted like the oil it was fried in. The Shepard’s pie was very good.

    However, I just got my credit card bill and I got an additional $10 on it. I should have known when I didn’t get a receipt despite leaving the waitress cash.

    I won’t frequent Slimey’s again.

    Comment by Jack October 17, 2010 @ 12:46 am

  20. Hi Jack, just wanted to let you know if there is something wrong with your food or bill, you are always welcome to say something. Every restaurant tries its best, but sometimes mistakes occur, we would love to correct any issues if they are brought to our attention. Sorry about your experience.

    Comment by Mary October 17, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

  21. I’m new to the neighborhood and took my visiting parents to Limey’s hoping for some good English beer and food. I got the fish and chips. I loved my homemade, hot, and crisp fries. My mom got the salad with goat cheese and she was happy to have her fresh green with yummy walnuts and goat cheese. My dad also got the fish and chips and by the looks of his empty plate he enjoyed it. I was very excited to have a variety of beers on tap that you don’t see at every bar. I wish you the best of luck and will be back without my parent on a Saturday night to hear some live music.

    Comment by Nicolette October 17, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  22. to Mary

    God blass you for going on this site and seeing what people think. that in itself is an accomplshment.

    Comment by Joe October 17, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  23. yea tonight was my first time in to limeys and i love the place so much better then sampan even the bartender that was on tonight. i think his name was mario from wht he told me. was the funnest bartenders joked around with me and made me the best martini i have had. will be going back in when ever he is working

    Comment by roseanna October 18, 2010 @ 2:10 am

  24. I agree with the previous comment by (another) Joe.

    I think it great that Mary is on here – viewing what people have to say.

    Well done Mary! I still have not made it in yet, but will do so soon!!!

    Comment by Joe October 18, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  25. I posted a negative review that needs updating.
    While I stand by my comment regarding the fish-n-chips,
    I did get the final credit card statement and it was

    Comment by Jack October 22, 2010 @ 12:29 am

  26. Stopped in for one on Saturday. Nice place!! Definitely would recommend. I will go back with the family for a meal.

    They have 3 dart boards and a luck-of-the-draw on Wednesday evenings at 7:30.

    Comment by Joe N October 25, 2010 @ 9:38 am

  27. I haven’t been in yet, but by the general tone of these comments it sounds like a nice addition to downtown. I will visit soon.
    It’s too bad, though, that I saw that screaming MWDN online headline and mugshot yesterday of the guy that was arrested there as an “undesirable” for attempted murder of his girlfirend. As much as I want the Limeys and other new establishments to thrive, unfortunately they have to survive this locale rife with undesirables. Good for the owners for calling attention to this guy. Unfortunately, too many incidents like that one will undermine the establishment. I genuinely wish Limeys all the best.

    Comment by Matt October 26, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  28. yea i loved that you guys come to town something different.i have been in a few times with friends and my girlfriend. we became friends with one of your bartenders.he was nice to us his name was mario. came in to tonight and found out that he does not work there anymore. that sucks he was pretty quick at getting are drinks.and was nice to us. dont think i am going to be coming back in seens he is gone

    Comment by rod October 31, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

  29. My wife and I finally made it down to Limey’s for a quick beer last night. The young ladies tending the bar were very nice and know how to pour a proper pint.

    We struck up a conversation with a young couple next to us at the bar who are new to Framingham and already seem at home at Limey’s and friendly with the staff. I get the vibe that this is the kind of place that will become the local pub for lots of people. On the other side of us was an elderly gent having dinner by himself. In the dining areas there were two large groups having a lively time over dinner and drinks.

    For 7 p.m. on a Friday night I would have expected more people, but perhaps they’re still finding their audience, or it’s more of a later crowd type of place. My new friend at the bar said they’re going to be bringing in live music, which will add to the attraction.

    A nice addition to downtown indeed!

    Comment by Brett November 6, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  30. hey i just found out that one of the good bartenders does not work there anymore.i really liked him his name was mario. he was a great bartender and a good listener you guys should bring him. so now i got to find a new bar to go to

    Comment by todd November 8, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

  31. Just had good burger, beer and conversation. It was my first time at the pub. I will be back.

    Comment by Jon November 9, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  32. sweet pot fries sucked too salty and who the hell puts pepper on french fries, leave that up to the customer. I also agree the drinks were weak. The bartenders also need to leave the married men alone, especially when their wives are sitting right next to them!

    Comment by tinkerbell May 31, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  33. Do not go to this place if you want to have a good night, the service is very rude and the entire place is a dump, there are nicer bathrooms then that entire place put together I am not even joking either, the drinks are over priced and watered down, there is nowhere to park and the service is slow and rude. I got a long island iced tea me and my friends decided to go outside for a cigarette so we put napkins on top of our drinks and went outside for a cigarette. When we came back in the bar tender dumped our drinks out we said that we paid for them and he refused to reimburse us his answer was “you should not have been outside” and it wasn’t even last call yet they hadn’t even done last call yet and to think we tipped him when we ordered the drinks a good tip too. Do not go here the place is a dump, the drinks are over priced and watered down, the bartender was rude and ungrateful and the place smells horrible.

    Comment by John July 17, 2012 @ 12:28 am

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