Sunday, April 05, 2009

For Those Who’ll Soon Visit Britain (Post 2)

Readers Note: For background concerning the post which follows, please see the first post in the series, For Those Who’ll Soon Visit Britain (Post 1).



I ended the last post talking about pubs, but I didn’t say anything about “pub grub.”

If you visited England 20 or 30 years ago and remember only pubs in which you got good “British food at a fair price” (Sheppard’s pie, fish & chips, ham & cheese sandwiches, etc.), you may be disappointed now.

Many London pubs today no longer meet that standard.

But there's still good pub grub out there.

To find it, I'm sure you know to scout for yourself and ask friends and others you trust.

If you’re staying at a hotel, the concierge also comes to mind as someone to ask.

Well, sure, but bear in mind the concierge may be steering you to a place where he/she will get some “credit” for the steer; or the concierge may be giving you a wonderful tip.

You’ll be the judge.

Here’s a tip that’s almost always been good for me when I’ve sought pub grub in London: ask a police constable.

What’s true in NYC, Paris, Rome, and Durham, NC is true in London: the cops usually know the best places to get basic food at a decent price.

What’s my favorite London pub for a pint, some food and good conversation?

It’s Albert, about which the link page tells you a good deal.

I’ve no commercial connection to Albert.

The photo at the link site is “real,” as is everything I read at the site.

If anything, it’s one of the few publican sites which IMO actually understates what you’ll find at the pub.

Of course, as with any recommendation you find on the Net or elsewhere, phone ahead to confirm opening hours, etc. and “scout” the place when you approach it.

I’ll post again about London Monday.

In the meantime, what do you have to say?

And "Cheers!"


Anonymous said...

Have you tried
The Grenadier,
near Belgrave Square?