Then, of course, there's the beer. This is a pub that features 30 beers on tap, after all.
"I believe we have the most beers on tap in West Virginia is what I've been told. I can't confirm that. And we bring in everything from all over the globe. We've the Irish beers, the English beers."
Plus, there's a load of West Virginia beers, "which are absolutely excellent," Shields added. "The whole sort of craft industry has really sort of taken off from around here."
Local beers underscore the spirit of a local pub, too.
"What you would get back home is you'd get a traditional ale from down the street. Well, we basically try to do that here. The closest breweries we can get we'll bring 'em in and feature their beers."
It has been a long strange trip for Shields who has worked a host of jobs from mailman back home in England to being an environmental biologist in Louisa, Ky., helping coal companies with environmental permits.
His wife is a Huntington native, which is what got him here. Opening a pub was just "something I've always wanted to do" and then the opportunity presented itself locally.
He is careful to underscore what a pub is and what it isn't, in the traditional sense. He is also quick to distinguish his place from the "Tilted Kilt" pub chain, a kind of Hooters-in-sexy-kilts chain with an outlet in Morgantown.
"It's very easy to say you're a British and Irish pub without that authenticity. You can put a flag outside, you can put a shamrock on the wall. But I mean, really, the whole pub experience is a very social place, it's a very community-based place. Families come here. It's not just a watering hole."
(Which is why there a kid's portion section of the menu -- Bangers and Mash! Guinness Stew! Cod bites! -- for the "Wee Sprogs.")
"So, basically, I wanted, as best I could, to pick up a pub from back home and put it here in the states and actually give everybody that sort of environment."
The Jug and Kilt is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Call 304-730-9858 or visit thejugandkilt.com.
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.