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Best Pub Grub in Phoenix Area?

I know and agree with all the jokes about British food, but there are certain exceptions. So in anticipation of our June trip to visit family in England, we thought we'd take our bi-monthly dinner club to something that at least resembles a British or Irish pub. Most important is good food (esp. fish and chips!), but atmosphere counts, too. Extra points for East Valley location. Suggestions, anyone?

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  1. No fish and chips, but the Cornish Pasty Company has a good British feel and great food. I'm familiar only with the Tempe location, but there's reportedly a second location now in west Mesa.

    For fish and chips, I'd go with Rula Bula in Downtown Tempe.

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    Cornish Pasty Co
    960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Rula Bula
    401 S Mill Ave Ste 101, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Cornish Pasty Co
    1941 W Guadalupe Rd, Mesa, AZ

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    1. re: silverbear

      2nd the Cornish Pasty in Tempe. Really good and huge servings (for me). We like George and Dragon in the Hampton Inn at I-10 and 48th Street (just across the border from Tempe into Phoenix). There's also a G&D on Central in Phoenix just N of Indian School, on W side of street. You could take the light rail!

      1. re: JerryMe

        Make the trip to the G&D on Central...much better and more authentic feel than the Hampton Inn location

        1. re: AZeagle

          G&D (Central) mystifies me. They do some things really well and others really poorly. They do a Sunday roast, for example, with loads of mash, veggies, huge yorkshire pudding from scratch, but the gravy seems from a jar and the meat is
          akin to Steak-Ums.

          Rula Bula has the best pub grub I've experienced here - including real Irish lamb stew, shepherd's pie, boxty dishes... stuff that doesn't go from freezer to fryer.

    2. Four Peaks in Tempe has great fish and chips. Rula Bula also has a respectable version.

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      Four Peaks Brewing Co
      1340 E 8th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

      Rula Bula
      401 S Mill Ave Ste 101, Tempe, AZ 85281

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      1. re: azhotdish

        +1 for Four Peaks fish and chips.

      2. Not sure of the name, but I've seen a British pub at the NW corner of Alma School & Warner in Chandler.. Haven't tried it, sadly can't provide any details.

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        1. re: skas

          The pub at the corner of Alma School and Warner is Churchill's. The food is mediocre. The best British pub food I have had in the Valley was at the British Open on Scottsdale & McDowell. That was a few years ago, and I only ate there once. To be honest, I don't even know if it's still there.

          1. re: kjhart

            I have not had British Open's fish and chips in a long time (which is why I hesitate recommending them) but they do serve them in newspaper and with malt vinegar. They also have british staples...sausage rolls, etc. And yes, it's still there.

            1. re: azhotdish

              link...

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              British Open English Pub & Grl
              1334 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

              1. re: azhotdish

                British Open's fish and chips is still good.

          2. One more, that has always impressed us is George & Dragon on Central.

            Hunt

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            George & Dragon
            4240 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              There is also a George & Dragon closer to the Tempe/ Phoenix border.

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              George & Dragon Restaurant
              4230 S 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040

              1. re: achicken

                Thanks. I did not know that there was more than one location. For us, Central Ave is much closer, but still nice to know.

                Hunt

            2. Folks,

              While we appreciate the passionate discussion and the tips on London dining, such tips are off topic for the Southwest board. That being said, why not share your Chowhound discoveries over on our U.K board? Chances are you will help expand the knowledge base on London dining and help more people by discussing the topic there than on the Southwest board.

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              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                Good point, and I have to take responsibility for getting the discussion off-topic.

                I plan on following your suggestion.

                However, within some of my rambling threads, there are comments on similar fare in the Phoenix Area - just not enough. Point well made and taken.

                Thanks,

                Hunt

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  We have recently found Temple Bar and Grill on Thompson Peak and Bell Road near Westworld.
                  The atmoshphere is dark and clubby. They have a wonderful patio w/ lots of couches, umbrellas and flat screen TV's.
                  The menu is predictable....though the food is good. I have enjoyed the Kobe Burger, The Southwest Cobb, The Fish and Chips, the smothered tots and their Bloody Mary's. It's a great patio to sit out side and watch the Master's this weekend.

                  On Sunday's they have a prime Rib special I am looking forward to trying!

                  http://www.templebaraz.com/about.html

                  1. re: ciaogal

                    I usually get "pub" sightings from some friends, who seem to know every one between LA and Boston. Have not heard of this one. Thank you for the H/U. Maybe I can at last share a rec. with these guys.

                    Hunt

                      1. re: firecracker

                        Have not been in town long enough to try it - yet. Now, we did have some good food in London, Chicago, Knoxville, Maui and New Orleans, but have only had time for one trip to NOCA, back in AZ. Hope to rectify that during July.

                        Hunt