British Pubs in Time for Wimbledon: Newcastle Beer and Curry Chips Await

With Wimbledon beginning this week, it’s time to head down to the pubs. If you’re not in the UK for the epic tennis championships at the All England Club, you’ll have to make you’re own all England experience here in NYC. Luckily, this worldly city hosts some British pubs of its own, where patrons can imbibe Pimm’s, feast on Toads-in-the-Hole, and glance at a bust of Winston Churchill while watching players like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova compete on the English courts.

The Black Horse Pub (5th Ave & 16th Street, Park Slope; 718-788-1975)
Any bar that sells curry chips (french fries drizzled in curry sauce) takes its inspiration from the UK. Also serving Shepard’s Pie and English and Irish Bangers, The Black Horse will not leave you hanging if you’re seeking the true British pub experience for this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

The Churchill Tavern (45 E 28th Street; 646-476-8419)
Complete with a brick fireplace and a tiny bust of Churchill standing guard of the beers on tap, this charmingly lit venue boasts a decidedly British theme. Drink specials include The Bulldog, Churchill Cucumber G & T, and the Spitfire, all connoting the famed, English politician.The place even has a Sunday roast special.

The Spotted Pig (314 W 11th St; 212-620-0393)
Although this establishment also serves Italian (sacrilege!), they whip up classic British fare with natural ease, serving the likes of Devilled Eggs. The quaint interior also fails to obscure the rowdy activity of the crowd during sporting events, where the World Cup has recently taken serious hold. Though more upscale than your classic British pub, the place almost acquires an Alice in Wonderland type of feel with it’s quirky decor.

Manchester Pub (920 2nd Ave; 212-935-8901)
This pub’s focus on craft beers manages to avoid the level of snootiness one would expect of an establishment serving high-end bar food. Still, the fare includes British favorites like Fish & Chips, with sausage served all day and a sandwich called the Manchester BLT, which is an allegedly more UK-leaning version of its American counterpart. The focus on football (that’s soccer, for you American readers) and abundant pint glasses should make patrons feel like they’ve been transported across the Atlantic.

Jones Wood Foundry (401 E 76th St; 212-249-2700)
Serving up a number of English lagers (and a whole slew of Scottish ones to represent the entire UK), the Jones Wood Foundry also has special Cask Ales to offer. Fermented and stored in the traditional English fashion, such ales make it to your glass through a hand pump and have less carbonation. Dark bottled beers include a couple of Sam Smith varieties from England, like the Taddy Porter and Oatmeal Stout.

Queen Vic (68 2nd Ave; 917-262-0512)
This British pub and restaurant definitely emphasizes its geographic inspiration with eats like Toad-in-the-Hole, a breakfast favorite involving toast and egg that comes with “Authentic” Yorkshire Pudding and gravy, and Chip Buttie, a pile of chips (read: french fries) stacked between a bread and butter only sandwich. Though the latter may, at first glance, sound revolting, it’s not bad when washed down with a pint of Newcastle.

The Shakespeare (24 E 39th St; 646-837-6779)
A brother establishment to Jones Wood Foundry, this Midtown East counterpart was fashioned to remind one of a tavern from the time and place of Shakespeare’s birth, Stratford-upon-Avon in the 1500s. The cocktails are almost overbearingly Shakespeare-themed, with names like Romeo (rum, lemon, and Prosecco) and Juliet’s Pimms Punch (Chambord, homemade lemonade, and, of course, Pimm’s). A drink named after Macbeth’s Three Witches especially stood out for matching the vibe of its namesakes, having a dark and sinister taste with Black Grouse, Dolin Rouge, Drambuie, and orange bitters.

The Monro Pub (481 5th Ave, Park Slope; 718-499-2005)
Another England-inspired Park Slope pub perhaps indicates a large number of Brits having settled in the area. With cocktails like the “Lightly Stormy,” including light rum, ginger beer, and lime, it promises to be a rewarding venue for viewing the Wimbledon Championships. The bottled beer is noticeably reminiscent of the selection one would find in the UK, including the likes of Strongbow, Newcastle, Wells Banana Bread Beer, and Hobgoblin.

Photo: Courtesy of The Spotted Pig


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