It was Napoleon who famously labelled the United Kingdom as a nation of shop keepers. Had he had added 'and publicans', he would be spot on. Every village, street or community in the UK would be lost without its local corner shop and pub. Traditionally pubs served up classic British fare to be washed down by the pints on tap _ fish and chips, bergers and mash, pies. However, in recent years this British icon is also becoming more and more famous for its cuisine, with gastro pubs opening up all over Britain and international fare staples on the menus.
This month, we look at some of the best of British pub grub to be found in the city, focusing on the more traditional offerings.
01 The Olde Bell
The Olde Belle serves a wide range of authentic British food including big fry-up breakfasts, steaks 'n' chips, soups, salads, sandwiches as well as value meals starting at a ridiculously sensible 100 baht. Unique amongst other pub food in the city is that they serve up the Brit favourite, Brit-Indian food. A regular watering hole for many expats but also popular with tourists.
Open daily 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Loi Kroh Road, 300m from the moat and just next door to the Raming Lodge Hotel
089 261 6145, 087 811 9468
02 Kelly's Restaurant and Take Away
Twice winner of 'The Best Fish and Chips' award in the UK, Kelly's isn't a pub, but the grub is more than good, so we are going to put them in anyway. The bright and cheery café also sells breakfasts, sausage rolls, cheese pasties, pie and mash, haggis and neeps, quiche and lots more. Go to Kelly's for home-made honest cooking which isn't going to break the bank.
Open daily 9 a.m. -8 p.m.Closed MondaysMee Chok Plaza next to Rimping and New Mc Donald's, Phrao-Mae Jo Road
The Red Lion serves up a variety of international cuisines as well as the traditional pub fare. Try their pork chops with gravy, salmon steak with mixed vegetables and steak and Guinness pie served with mashed potato or chips. In the mornings their full English brekkie will help to soak up anything that is swilling inside from the night before.
Open Daily 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Located at the entrance of the soi where Burger
King is in the Night Bazaar
053 818 847
04 Mad Dog
Mad Dog has had a loyal following since it opened up ten years ago, with many regulars claiming their barstools on a daily basis. Chilli con carne, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, stews and other templates of pub menus are offered along with a popular full English breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, baked beans and all that lovely greasy stuff. All in extra large sizes.
Open Daily 9 a.m. - late
Located on Moon Muang Road
(Opposite to DK Book House)
053 273 0025
05 The Pub
Open in 1969, The Pub is a relaxed local for many Brits and friends. Gleaming bar, paraphernalia-plastered walls and a solid menu of classics such as cod & chips, bangers & mash and their meat roasts. As for drinks there is Kilkenny, Guinness, and Tiger on tap as well as cider wine and spirits. There are regular chess, bridge and quiz nights.
Open Daily 9 a.m. till late
189 Huay Kaew Road
053 211 550