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The British Have Arrived at The Pub

The Pub in Rocky River at 19304 Detroit Road - LuvThePub.com

 

 If you consider yourself a fan of Epicurean pursuits, Cleveland is home to an almost endless array of restaurants and bars that could whet any appetite.     

With some restaurants, though, it’s not just the culinary fare, but also the environment that makes a dining experience memorable.  The Pub in Rocky River is the perfect example of this — marrying a fine selection of food and spirits within an authentic British Pub setting.    

The front marquee on Detroit advertises upcoming events and shows

 

The first time I walked into The Pub, the theme of ‘British Pub’ definitely came through.  The Pub manages to achieve British kitsch without overdoing it. From the Union Jack painted across the ceiling of the bar, to the red telephone box and various other British memorabilia and signage, there’s just enough to reflect English pub while still remaining tasteful.  And with a wide selection of seating options – including deep-seating lounge chairs, couches, and a ‘King’s Table’ that looks to be straight out of a courtly dining room, The Pub is the perfect place for a family dinner, casual round of drinks, office party or even a wedding rehersal dinner.    

Of course, if The Pub only offered atmosphere, I wouldn’t have returned time after time. The menu is classified as ‘gastropub.’ In addition to traditionl pub fare (which is executed brilliantly with a couple of twists), The Pub also features dishes that go beyond ‘pub grub.’ My favorites include a monstrous serving of fish and chips (which you can get discounted on Quiz Nights); the classic bangers and mash; a shepherd’s pie of ground beef, lamb, chive whipped potatoes and a smattering of parmesan bread crumbs; a tasty assortment of dips including crab or goat cheese; and a delicious reuben pizza which was on last Monday’s specials menu.     

To accompany the food is a vast selection of spirits. In addition to their bourbon and scotch menus, wines, and other liquors, The Pub’s Beverage Bible sports three pages of beers. It includes English draught and cask conditioned beers, Scottish, Irish and domestic selections.  While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every pint I’ve been served at The Pub, my Beverage Bible favorites are Old Speckled Hen and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.     

The Pub's Passport Program for the truly dedicated beer lover

 

The people at The Pub are such fans of beer that they offer a Pub Beer Passport Program through which you can receive a custom passport book with spots for 55 beers. Upon ordering and drinking each one, The Pub will stamp that page of your passport. By consuming all 55 beers, the ‘World Traveler’ earns $4 pints for life. Consumption of the 55 beers and getting stamps from all currently open Pub locations upgrades you to ‘Premier Pub Traveler’ status and $3.50 pints for life.    

In addition to providing a hearty selection of food and drink, The Pub at Rocky River provides a social gathering place for locals and visitors alike. From their weekly Pub Quiz on Monday nights, to sporting and music events, to beer or wine tastings, there are multiple reasons to stop by besides grabbing dinner. This Wednesday (March 31) The Pub plays host to a beer and wine throwdown between Goose Island and Gallo’s. And on April 3rd, The Pub will be open for the Manchester United vs Chelsea match. Then, of course, there is the 2010 World Cup this summer which should provide many excuses to stop by The Pub.    

Besides The Rocky River Pub, other Pubs can be found in Cincinnati (Rookwood Mews and Beavercreek), Columbus (Polaris), Kentucky (Crestview Hills, Lexington, and Louisville), and Florida (Pembroke and Naples). So with Pub Passport in hand, I’ll be a ‘World Traveler’ soon enough. 
 
 
The Pub 411:
 
The Pub at Rocky River
General Info and Hours

Cleveland Fish Frys: They're De-Lent-cious!

Map of Cleveland Fish Frys from ClevelandMagazine.com

      

Growing up Catholic, we weren’t allowed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent. As a kid, I actually didn’t  mind this too much. I liked the tuna fish sandwiches my mom would pack for lunch and my local church would host a soup and sandwich night where everyone in the parish could get a dinner that met the Lenten guidelines. I remember enjoying not just these Friday meals but also being able to run around in the Church hall where the dinners were held.      

As I grew up, though, the charm of skipping meat on Fridays started to wear thin if I went out to dinner and had problems finding something meatless and appetizing on the menu.  Plus, I missed the community-feeling the parish dinners always held for me.      

This changed when I moved to Cleveland, which seems to transform into ‘The Land of a Thousand Fish Frys’ during Lent. No more am I found wanting for an alternative to meat on Fridays. Everywhere I turn there’s either a church or a restaurant offering some sort of Fish Fry or Lenten menu. From pierogies and potato pancakes to coleslaw and macaroni and cheese, my mouth is usually left watering from the options. And then of course, there are the fish.  Fresh perch and walleye lightly breaded or battered are the most common options. And no matter how you like it – plain or seasoned with a bit of lemon, tartar sauce or malt vinegar, you can’t really go wrong.      

Fish Frys seem extremely popular not just in Cleveland but also throughout the entire midwest region. I’d take a guess that the area’s close proximity to the Great Lakes and their freshwater fish is one of the reasons for this. Because of their popularity, it’s easy to sample at least a few Fish Frys each Lent.      

Jake's on the Lake - Home of Great Food Year Round, and a Particularly Tasty Lent Menu

 

Many Fish Frys are sponsored by local churches and can be used as fundraisers or activities for that church’s community.  For instance, a couple of weeks ago I attended the Annual Fish Fry at St. Joseph’s Church in Avon Lake which was sponsored by their school’s 8th grade class.  So I was able to not only get a tasty serving of fish, cole slaw, fries, dessert and orange soda (which definitely brought me back to childhood!), but also contribute to a good cause.      

However, local restaurants and bars get in on the action as well.  This past Friday, I tried out the Lenten menu at Jake’s on the Lake (again, in Avon Lake) and was very satisfied. Of course, this wasn’t too surprising since they always serve up delicious food from Haas’ 4 Way Chili to a French Dip with Green Peppers Sandwich to an incredible Pasta with Sausage, Blue Crab and Mushrooms dish they had on their specials menu last week.      

For Jake’s Lenten menu, we started with their potato pancakes as an appetizer. The 2 pancakes with sour cream offered a very large and tasty starter.  And while Scott ordered the all-you-can-eat beer-battered fish fry (and he ate a lot of it!), I ordered the herb-battered fish.  At five pieces, it was the perfect size for my slightly smaller appetite and the light-breading was delicious. The batter was light enough that the taste of the fish did not get lost in it.      

Fish Frys in the Cleveland area are typically held each Friday during Lent and can be found in almost every neighborhood of the city.  A guide to Cleveland Fish Frys was created by ClevelandMagazine.com. It has a search function based on different preferences (such as region, the type of fish served, and whether pierogies or alcohol are served) — making it a lot easier to finally get my Friday Fish Fix!      

      

Fish Frys 411:     

Jake’s on the Lake (offers a special Lenten menu)
Standard Menu
Hours and Location
About Jake’s
      

Search for a Fish Fry at ClevelandMagazine.com
Fish Fry Guide