The Dark Horse Irish Pub, commonly known as “An Capall Dorcha,” is a distinctive and endearing place situated in the old Flint Hill village. The building, which is located in what was formerly the Griffin Tavern, has a lengthy and interesting history that dates back to the 1850s. The structure was once the Bradford family’s home and then served as the community’s local shop before becoming a pub.

The sole Irish pub left in Rappahannock County, Virginia, now is The Dark Horse Irish Pub, which has given this old structure new life. The interior of the bar has traditional Irish furnishings and warm wood finishes that will instantly transport visitors to the Emerald Isle.

The Dark Horse Irish Pub not only has a vibrant ambiance and a rich history, but it also provides excellent dining. The menu offers a variety of mouthwatering dishes, from traditional pub fare like fish and chips to hearty stews and savory pies, with an emphasis on authentic Irish cuisine and locally sourced ingredients.

There are more things to do at The Dark Horse Irish Pub than just drink beer and eat food. It is a center of activity in Flint Hill and offers residents and guests a warm and energetic atmosphere. The Dark Horse Irish Pub offers something for everyone, whether you’re wanting to catch up with friends, watch a game, or enjoy a night out with live music.




Mark Kirwan, is from the small beautiful town of Roscrea County Tipperary, Mark is pleased to bring a small piece of Ireland to the beautiful historic Flint Hill in Rappahannock county. Mark owns two other restaurants, Kirwan’s on the wharf in Washington DC and Samuel Beckett’s Irish gastro pub in Arlington VA. Before opening his restaurants Mark worked in the equine industry back home in Ireland which is what initially brought him over to the States. Mark also worked for the Guinness brewery as well as a lengthy career in law enforcement. Mark was an avid rugby player and coach and loves to watch rugby matches whenever he has down time. Mark also runs a horse sanctuary farm with his girlfriend Abby and Abby’s daughter Ana Vera just a short drive from the Dark Horse in Flint Hill.