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That serves Shepherd's Pie and plays British rock. Or at least, has a juke box. Is this asking too much?

Help!

MM

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British Pub
10801 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

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  1. there's a place in downtown Berkeley on Shattuck, name is escaping me.... i don't know how authentic they are, but they have the food, and i think the music too.... i dunno, it's been many years since i've been.

    oops, wrong on all counts. it was an Irish pub but it's CLOSED.

    1. Try the Irish Bank.

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      Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant
      10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

      The Irish Bank
      San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA

      1. If you're willing to drive a bit north, go to Mayflower Pub in San Rafael. Check out the 81 yelp reviews of it. It's been there a very long time.

        Mayflower Pub
        1533 4th St
        San Rafael, CA 94901
        (415) 456-1011
        www.themayflowerpub.com

        1. For an awesomely pub-ish ambience, go to the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach.

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          Pelican Inn
          10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA 94965

          1. No jukebox, but plenty of football, beer and shepherd's pie at Oakland's Commonwealth.

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            CommonWealth Cafe & Public House
            2882 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

            1. Pig & Whistle has a jukebox and shepherd's pie. I'm not sure about White Horse or Elephant & Castle.

              East Bay, Commonweath or Kensington Circus, which has real ale on hand pump.

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              Pig and Whistle
              2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

              Kensington Circus
              389 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707

              White Horse Restaurant & Pub
              635 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Elephant & Castle
              425 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              CommonWealth Cafe & Public House
              2882 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Pig and Whistle also has beer on casks, which helps solidify its British authenticity

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                Pig and Whistle
                2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

              2. I guess fish and chips and Scotch at Edinburgh Castle isn't what you're looking for? How about Liverpool Lil's?

                Of course San Francisco has far more Irish pubs than British ones. Mad Dog in the Fog is owned by a bloke from Birmingham. Can't remember if there's a jukebox. Kezar's has good burgers and the right feel.

                The best shepherd's pie is at Irish pubs. Phoenix (on Valencia, links aren't working) should still have it on the menu.

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                Liverpool Lil's
                2942 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA

                Edinburgh Castle
                950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

                1. The best Shepard's Pie I have had is at O'Reilly's in North Beach. It's an Irish bar, but I like their pie!

                  1. Kensington Circus feels like a good british pub, but I can't find their menu. Music tends to the hippie british folk/rock/jazz guitar bands like Fairport Convention. The Pub on Solano has a great feel, but has no food. Martin's West down the peninsula has pasties, but they're new school like blue cheese and heirloom beet. Short on british beer. Rose and Crown, also down the peninsula, feels like a british pub - has that smell - but I always have the hamburgers there - not sure about shepard's pie - lots of sports screens, can't remember british rock, strong on british beer. they participate in SF Beer Week. The Swingin' Door (ex prince of wales) in San Mateo used to be very british, and has decent music, but looks like they've taken some of the british specialties off the menu, like Deep Fried Wallies. Sorry not to be more help.

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                    Kensington Circus
                    389 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707

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                    1. re: bbulkow

                      Kensington Circus has excellent shepherd's pie.

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                      Kensington Circus
                      389 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707

                      1. re: bbulkow

                        Here's and old rworange visit to Kensington Circus that suggests holding the salsa on the shepard's pie.
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/46253

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                        Kensington Circus
                        389 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707

                      2. Wow! Thanks everybody! I've some homework to do! Many, many thanks for your time and suggestions. Appreciate it!!

                        MM

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                        1. re: muchamuncha

                          try commonwealth on telegraph ave, oakland.

                          1. re: eurpsw

                            Pig and Whistle has darts too.

                            I like Irish Bank and my Irish friend likes
                            Johnny Foley's
                            243 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                            Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant
                            10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

                            Pig and Whistle
                            2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

                        2. The Starry Plough Pub

                          3101 Shattuck Avenue
                          Berkeley, CA 94705-1822
                          (510) 841-2082

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                          1. re: Mission

                            The starry plough is VERY irish, northern, and brits are not terribly welcome. The food is pizza, and not terribly bad. Music there is quite good - one place a lot of musicians like to play.

                            1. re: bbulkow

                              The Plough also has burgers and sandwiches. No shepherd's pie. No jukebox. Very not British.

                          2. Mc Nally Irish Pub
                            5352 College Ave, Oakland,
                            (510) 655-3929 ‎

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                            1. re: Mission

                              McNally's has a jukebox, and British beers, but no food.

                            2. I have a buddy who swears by the Englander and the fish pie...in San Leandro. Good beer and ale selection...and the floatie half guiness variations served, black and tan, etc.

                              A 3rd or 4th on Kensington Circus, bangers and mash, fish and chips...and if you go on a foggy/over cast evening...there's a creepy and quaint feel that adds to the British atmosphere.