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The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
709 N.Harbor Boulevard
phone: (714) 871-7447
(Place added by: TheLongBeachBum)
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| Reviews: 11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
The President of the company that I work for in the USA is a fellow Ex-Pat, but he moved out here from England well over 20 years ago. We have much in common; a love of Association Football, Rugby, English Cricket, the BBC, drinking lots of English Tea & Beer, spelling the word Tire with a y and thinking that David Beckham is a brain-dead ponce.
So at the end of a particularly difficult year, there was a mutual decision to head out for some good old English fare, some English beer, some fellow Limey company and forget all about that boring business shite. We ended up here.
There are actually two Olde Ships, the other is in Santa Ana (a fleet of Pubs rather than a chain?), having been to both, I much prefer this one by far, for it has much more character & atmosphere. It is relatively easy to find, but it is difficult to park here at busy times. There is parking available at the rear but it is always full when I have been here, so I usually hit nearby side streets.
A single story building with a weathered looking Union Jack flying at 45°, and a small dark brown awning with some xmas fairy lights, the dark wood door leads you right into the heart of the bar area which is immediately in front of you. Lots of dark wood, thick carpets, a welcoming warmth and English bric-à-brac adorns the walls.
As you enter, if its busy (like it almost always is) it can feel cramped in the bar area, but I was served almost immediately which was very impressive. The air was thick was real English & American poser accents (this is Fullerton!). The bar is L-shaped and runs to your right as you enter. There are something like 20 beers on Tap here, including; Green King Abbot Ale, Boddingtons Ale, Fullers ESB London Pride & Porter, Youngs Oatmeal Stout & Double Chocolate Stout, Courage, Marstons Pedigree, Newcastle Brown and even Hobgoblin beer (which I actually detest but have never seen before in the US). Two Angram Handpumps were clearly evident but seemed unused on my last visit. In addition, there are some Scottish beers such as Belhaven, Tennants Lager and McEwans Export, as well as Irish offerings from Guinness, Murphys and Beamish from Cork. Willy Wankers, Jessies and the Welsh can drink Fosters, Harp or Stella. Sells Blackthorn Cider also which is quite rare in these parts
The Food here is absolutely "Top-Notch" English fare - just like home. We waited for a Table in the area that is to your left as you enter, an area that has many cubicles, booths and open tables, but it is nevertheless a very cozy area that offers some privacy to parties that are ingesting. All the food is very English and has the appropriate prefixes in the Menu, but the Churchills Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding is *fucking excellent*, the Ploughmans is great also and the Curry is awesome. The 5.0 Mark is for English fare! No French Fries here - this place sells Scotch Eggs, HP Brown Sauce & 'proper' Chips!!! If you want a Burger fuck off to McDonald's loser.
A *REAL* English Pub.
Bloody Good Show Chaps!!!
01-01-2004 04:49:36 |
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