Hours: Lunch: Saturday-Sunday; dinner: Sunday, Tuesday-Saturday
Lincoln Square offshoot of the late, lamented pub.
This partly related offshoot of the late Lincoln Park pub could be viewed as a relatively conservative answer to the Ampersands, the new clutch of faux English gastropubs that have lately sprouted up like mushrooms on bullpucky. There are no house-made charcuterie plates or locally sourced organic bangers, but there is bubble and squeak, Welsh rarebit, shepherd's pie, and Cornish pasties. There's certainly nothing wrong with the lightly crispy beer-battered cod, though the breast meat in the curried chicken salad (a desi Waldorf) was a bit too tough. A hearty but sweetish Guinness-stewed beef with was done no favors paired with powdery mashed potatoes. Sandwiches and salads fill out a sizable menu for such a modest spot that houses an adjoining art gallery. The liquor license is pending, and I hope for this so far very quiet pub's—and the neighborhood's—sake it comes through soon. Now with hand pulled beer engines and more than 35 craft and local beers, and UK imports.
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