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Best Pub Grub in Phoenix Area?

jkgourmet Apr 4, 2009 08:31 AM

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. silverbear RE: jkgourmet Apr 4, 2009 01:51 PM

    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.

    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
      JerryMe RE: silverbear Apr 4, 2009 02:02 PM

      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
        AZeagle RE: JerryMe May 31, 2009 06:47 AM

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

        1. re: AZeagle
          tastyjon RE: AZeagle Jun 10, 2009 08:14 PM

          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. azhotdish RE: jkgourmet Apr 4, 2009 04:21 PM

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

      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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        danieli10 RE: azhotdish Apr 5, 2009 10:14 PM

        +1 for Four Peaks fish and chips.

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        skas RE: jkgourmet Apr 4, 2009 04:27 PM

        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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          kjhart RE: skas Apr 4, 2009 04:38 PM

          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
            azhotdish RE: kjhart Apr 4, 2009 04:42 PM

            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
              azhotdish RE: azhotdish Apr 4, 2009 04:43 PM


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

              1. re: azhotdish
                johnseberg RE: azhotdish May 30, 2009 09:01 PM

                British Open's fish and chips is still good.

          2. Bill Hunt RE: jkgourmet Apr 5, 2009 08:59 PM

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


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

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            1. re: Bill Hunt
              achicken RE: Bill Hunt Apr 7, 2009 09:50 AM

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

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

              1. re: achicken
                Bill Hunt RE: achicken Apr 7, 2009 07:36 PM

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


            2. The Chowhound Team RE: jkgourmet Apr 7, 2009 08:29 PM


              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
                Bill Hunt RE: The Chowhound Team Apr 7, 2009 09:27 PM

                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.



                1. re: Bill Hunt
                  ciaogal RE: Bill Hunt Apr 8, 2009 08:20 AM

                  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!


                  1. re: ciaogal
                    Bill Hunt RE: ciaogal Apr 8, 2009 09:28 PM

                    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.


                    1. re: Bill Hunt
                      firecracker RE: Bill Hunt May 30, 2009 10:06 PM

                      Well, did you like it Bill?

                      1. re: firecracker
                        Bill Hunt RE: firecracker Jun 10, 2009 06:26 PM

                        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.


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