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Besides Ye Olde Kings Head...

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...where are some other "British-esque" haunts around town, where you could possibly down a good pint or five, and follow those with some bangers and mash or the like?


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  1. Ye Olde Kings Head closed years ago.

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    1. re: PaliBruin

      It was open last time I looked (ca. two weeks ago). Maybe you're thinking of someplace else. Ye Olde King's Head, 2nd and Santa Monica.

      1. re: PlonkMan

        King's head is definitely still open, you're thinking of someplace else.

      2. re: PaliBruin

        The Kings Head in Santa Monica is Definately still open, the owner, Phil Elwell, who recently sold lives just down the street from me.

        1. re: PaliBruin

          I think you are talking about King George IV at Arizona and the Third Street Promenade. The property is now the Gap.

          1. re: Andrew

            Ah, King George's. I used to live in the apartment upstairs before they turned it into the rest of the pub.

            Come to think of it, I never spent any time there I was always downstairs. ;)

            1. re: oc climber

              I was thinking of The Round Table on Wilshire. Sorry.

          2. re: PaliBruin

            Well then it reopened because I was there on Saturday.

            1. re: bringiton

              I think it was pretty much cleared up that the King's Head had not closed and the person who claimed it had was mistaken when this thread was first posted. . . .

              IN 2005.

          3. In OC

            The Olde Ship Pub. Two locations, one in Santa Ana and the other is in Fullerton.

            Link: http://www.theoldeship.com/

            1. Robin Hood is the best and most authentic pub I've been to in town. I speak as the child of Birt ex-pats who routinely ship us back "home".

              robin hood is a haunt for other brits in the area. The beer is good, the laout and design righ on, the food just like pubs I visit in England. The wait staff is generally attentive and nice, and the nightly specials are pretty tasty.

              I reccomend the fish and chips, the steak and kidney pie, the scotch egg, the ploughman's lunch, the treacle saoked sponge cake with warm custard (oh GOD, YUM!) and lots of other yummy stuff.

              They do a good New Year's Dinner, a great St. Pat's feast (odd, that.) and you can have tea service like you'd get at my Grandma's house in the early afternnon. I'm not talking fancy-schmancy hotel teas. This is straightforwards: A choice of tea sandwiches, a pot in a knit cozy with cream and sugar, fresh scones, and a pice of mountbatten cake. Ahhhhh, makes me feel all warm and homey.

              13640 Burbank Blvd
              Sherman Oaks, CA 91401-5216
              (818) 994-6045

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              1. re: Diana

                How did I not know about the afternoon tea at Robin Hood?

                The fish and chips are the best in the city. I also like the cornish pastie and the sausage rolls. As an added benefit, next door is a shop that spells British specialties.

                You can see the menu, including the ales and ciders on draught, here: http://www.robinhoodpub.net/

              2. I've spotted "The White Hare" in Woodland Hills and it looks quitessentially British. Has anyone been?

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                1. re: e

                  I have...the food is so-so, but the beer isn't what any english pub would serve, with the exception of the cask/beer engine.

                  1. re: e

                    Not "White Hare," "White HART." A pleasant spot. Food is OK, though ready availability of mushy peas add to the luster. Their sauteed mushrooms are awfully good. It's pretty loud -- lots of TVs -- but the tables near the fireplace are pleasant on a chilly night. The former owner of the Piccadilly (a little farther east on Ventura Blvd.), who is a Big-Time Brit, is now a regular customer at the White Hart, which is a pretty good recommendation.

                  2. cat & fiddle - sunset (b/w highland and vine)

                    1. I always recall some wild times in that pub.

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                      1. re: Cosmo M

                        I remember the Mucky Duck, used to be on the NW corner of 3rd and Wilshire? before they built the office building. Hung out there in the late 60's to early 70's. Great place, had a lot of fun there. Did they rebuild anywhere in the SoCal area?

                        1. re: malibumike
                          quiz wrangler

                          No. The old Duck changed hands and moved in the '80s to a new location on Ocean Avenue in SM, but it too closed many years ago. The property stood empty for a long time. I believe Capo occupies the new Duck space.

                          1. re: quiz wrangler

                            I could be mistaken, but I seem to recall the Mucky Duck at one time being in the location that has been occupied for many years by Michael's. With some remodeling of course.

                            1. re: mc michael
                              quiz wrangler

                              Not sure about the location. Malibumike says Duck was on NW corner 3rd/Wilshire; Michael's is I believe on the NE corner. What a transition! Oh, well, the new Duck became Capo.

                            2. re: quiz wrangler

                              Yep! You are correct. Ye Olde Mucky Duck was purchased by two women, Maureen and Sylvia both from the UK. I worked there as a bar maid for a couple of years and it was indeed a great place for authentic beer and the best fish and chips if you had Stella working in the kitchen. It was right next to Cora's coffee shop. On the other side was Cheerios, but that is long since gone. And, as you probably know, Ye Olde Kings Head is still where we left it.

                            3. re: malibumike

                              The Mucky Duck (and there really is only one) closed in the mid-70's, it was owned by Wally Parsons. He became the manager of The Crafty Cockney(also gone) on Lincoln Blvd. The Mucky Duck was bamboozled by a crooked deal with Hamburger Hamlet(which I trust has also gone down the tubes). I worked with Wally at The Crafty Cockney, the last I saw him was at a going away party. He was headed to Luxembourg to go back into the aircraft business. God bless him, a true gentleman. It was an aircraft that gave The Mucky Duck it's name.

                          2. There is also Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. I've linked their webpage, with menu and directions, below.

                            Link: http://www.luckybaldwins.com/mainpage...

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                            1. re: DanaB

                              There's also Brit's in Pasadena, on Colorado not far from PCC. Great fish & chips there!

                            2. Down the street from YOKH, there's Britannia Pub. Can't vouch to how British it really is, but they seem to put themselves out there as another Brit hangout, so there you go. Between Third and Fourth Streets on Santa Monica Blvd.

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                              1. A bit out of the way maybe but Crown & Anchor in Thousand Oaks has great food/beer. Also try Cock & Bull on Lincoln.

                                Crown & Anchor
                                (805) 497-0070
                                2891 E Thousand Oaks Blvd
                                Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

                                Cock & Bull
                                2947 Lincoln Blvd.
                                Santa Monica, CA 90405

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                                1. re: moxiela

                                  Crown & Anchor opened three months after I left T.O. :( No pubs when I was there. Jenkins was a good place, and one diving looking place -?- Grill was as close as one could get to a real Old World Pub. Hope C&A isn't a Corp owned place. One British commentor wrote that The Gaslight (my hangout, Santa Monica was thee most British Pub in L.A.! No British beer, no huge selection of Scotchs. Just a good neighbourhood bar, 6am to 2am, half full with regulars at 6.am, almost full 11am. Rather, a liitle bit clannish during the day,(got's to have a wicked since of homour),
                                  no food.

                                    1. re: jessejames

                                      They could have free winkles, cold beer, YUK! Unless of course it's Coors or Bud...which I wouldn't drink anyway. I have been exiled to Idaho, they have some nice small brewers here (Wyoming too) but it's served Sooo cold it isn't drinkable, let alone getting the flavour :(

                                      1. re: MacGeough

                                        The only reason beer in the UK and Ireland is not cold is because all of their electrical needs are "taken care of" by Lucas Electrical (having owned Triumph motorcycles and an MGB roadster I speak from sad experience).

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          "owned" a triumph?
                                          as in past tense?

                                          prince of darkness or no, for shame, servorg.

                                          1. re: linus

                                            While it was a Bonneville it definitely wasn't bon...English motorcycles, like English cars need to be owned in multiples of threes. One to ride/drive. One waiting for parts, and one under repair.

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              pure mortadella. as fallacious as there being no good seafood or italian in l.a.

                                2. Pickwick's on Ventura in WH has what you're looking for. I've enjoyed their bangers and mash, steak and kidney pies and they have a great meatloaf sandwich. On-tap beer is icy cold.

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                                  1. re: mucho gordo

                                    I suspect the OP probably found a place by now, seeing as this thread is 8 years old.

                                    1. re: mucho gordo

                                      Beer icy cold! Yuk! Even the Guinness?!

                                    2. The Whale & Ale in San Pedro serves all the pub standards plus a nice roast lamb in Cumberland sauce and has good homemade bread. They are notable for serving a Welsh menu on St. David's Day while a Welsh choir sings - it is quite an experience.