King's Corner Pub - Jenkintown
I received a mailer announcing this new pub and was kind of interested. I know lots of folks like the Drake, but I've been a few times and it wasn't for me: uninspired, mediocre food at best served in a loud and slightly unpleasant setting.
I visited King's Corner on Sunday and found it to be visually a little kitschy, but cute - somebody there is clearly an anglophile. It's also a bit loud - no soft furnishings or rugs to absorb the noise, but the dining room is at least physically separated from the bar so the noise was not unbearable. There are TV's everywhere - I can imagine that if you went during A Big Game it'd be pretty deafening, but our visit wasn't unbearably loud.
The menu seemed promising - your standard British pub food with a few creative/unusual dishes thrown in to mix things up. I ordered the "Chicken in a Pot" (chicken pot pie) with a side order of mushy peas; one of us had the Lamb Stew and one of us had meatloaf and a cup of clam chowder. I have to say I was extremely pleased with the quality of the food - maybe a hair on the salty side, but everything seemed freshly made and not canned. Presentation was interesting too - the stews came out in cast iron pots and everything was served on top of wooden "trenchers" (OK, wooden cutting boards but they get an A for effort :) )
Service still seemed a bit spotty but I chalk that up to the newness of the place.
Overall I found it to be a very pleasant "neighborhoody" sort of place with above average food and friendly staff. They also do brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, so I'm looking forward to trying that out. I can see myself becoming a regular here :)
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I've been here a few more times since, and they've cleaned up the service a lot. The food is still a bit on the salty side, but everything I've ordered - including some nicely prepared fish cakes and the newly added Rabbit Stew - has been very tasty and freshly made, not prefab frozen/canned. I'm impressed. I found out yesterday that they are owned by the same people who own the Drake, which I really didn't like, so I'm (pleasantly) surprised.