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liezl Jan 7, 2006 02:22 AM

Looking for those lovely roasted potatoes, a good shepherds pie, fish & chips or roast beef..

I know there must be a place for good pub fare somewhere and there has to be an ex-pat who knows where it is..

the only places the turn up on letseatoc.com are The Old Ship in Santa Ana/Fullerton and I found an irish pub called muldoons that's has some good reviews on their fish & chips..

Any help is greatly appreciated. :)

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    torta basilica Mar 10, 2008 09:41 PM

    And now there's the Crow Bar in Corona del Mar for VERY upscale UK pub food...

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      mikester Mar 10, 2008 09:37 AM

      A new-ish (few months old now) place in The District in Tustin, The Auld Dubliner, has some really good fish and chips. The Guinness is good, as well !

      http://www.aulddubliner.com/

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        Taste Bud Mar 8, 2008 08:05 PM

        Visited The Olde Ship for dinner. The food was definitely not bad....and well, not great either. I would rate the food as: E for edible.

        On the above average side were: nice atmosphere, nice British waitress, and there is an actual bar inside the establishment; being an ex-pat from Wisconsin, this was a big plus.

        Cheers!

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          exilekiss Mar 16, 2008 12:25 AM

          Taste Bud,

          Don't forget the Tetley's Beer! :) The Olde Ship is the only place I've found in OC that serves Tetley's.

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          Oh Robin Nov 13, 2007 10:10 AM

          My favorite is Maggie's in Santa Fe Springs. Here are some pic's from Olde Ship...

          http://thatgirlcaneat.blogspot.com/20...

          1. brekkie_fan Nov 12, 2007 11:31 PM

            I can also vouch for Olde Ship in Santa Ana. Excellent grub.

            1. OCAnn Apr 9, 2007 10:09 AM

              I've been to both of The Olde Ships. Fullerton has the cozier, neighbourhood feel and on weekends, there's a line to get in (b/c it's such a small place). Most everything is good on their menu. Parking is in the back down the small alleyway. I think everyone who works there is somewhere from the UK. I adore this place...I guess I'd adore anyplace w/i walking distance from home that serves up good food & atmosphere. Oh, and their sticky toffee pudding served w/pouring cream is a must!

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                elmomonster Jan 7, 2006 02:16 PM

                Been to Durty Nelly's in Costa Mesa, in an office park on Redhill close to Bristol. Had a pint of thick Guiness and a plate of bangers and mash. I don't quite remember if I liked it or not, since it waas so long ago.

                Link: http://elmomonster.blogspot.com

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                  Don Cribb Apr 9, 2007 10:03 AM

                  Ye Olde Ship in Santa Ana has a drab exterior and parking area, but its rich, black lacquer-painted interior and large ship models accent a lively bar area and is quite a discovery. A few blocks from Santa Ana College. The pub fare is pint-perfect; pint after pint! It's a good spot on overcast,, drizzly afternoons/evenings, when it' can feel warm like a glove. Has a loyal clientele. It can be quite boistrous on Friday eves when live music! has everyone swingin'. One of my favorites. Rule Brittania, rule!

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                  Deana Jan 7, 2006 12:01 PM

                  I've been to Muldoon's a couple of times and wasn't crazy about it.

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                    MzMaggie Jan 7, 2006 10:51 AM

                    As an ex-pat, I can vouch for the grub at The Olde Ship. The Fullerton location is more authentic than Santa Ana, but both have the same menu - fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, bangers & mash, etc.

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                      ErikaK Jan 7, 2006 06:07 PM

                      Santa Ana lacks the crowds/wait that Fullerton location has. Live music on the weekends as well.

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                        Funwithfood Jan 8, 2006 09:58 AM

                        Ye Olde Ship is very good. It has been a while since I have been (used to live within walking distance). You do have to go early to avoid having to wait.

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                          SouthOCHound Jan 9, 2006 02:18 PM

                          Yeah, Ye Olde Ship is my rec. Have only been to the one in Fullerton but food was good and the ambiance was spot on. And really, it is the only menu with authentic british food that i'm aware of in the county. I've had the bangers & mash and the fish & chips and have found it a pleasant place to knock back a couple of good pints. The bangers and mash at Muldoons are great [as is the shepards pie and the soda bread], but the place is irish [not strictly british] in motif and lacks the old dank brit pub feel. If you are ever down in Santa Monica the king's head is good also.

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

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                            FoodieKat Nov 12, 2007 10:36 AM

                            I see this is a really old post, but I can vouch for the Olde Ship in Santa Ana, as someone who until recently lived in the UK and whose husband is British. It's British-owned and pretty authentic, with tasty nosh. I also love the fact that you can get Babycham by the pint. ;-) MrFoodieKat and I go in there several times a month.

                            I have also found a British-owned sandwich shop in San Juan Capistrano called Sim's Sandwiches. They have quaintly titled menu items such as the Elton John and the Italian Job, but the ingredients are fresh and the offerings are authentic. They also sell Crunchie bars, which are not always easy to find (without driving long distances anyway).

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                              redhawkca Apr 29, 2011 03:21 PM

                              Sim's is Closed I believe.

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