Right across the street from our hotel on Trafalgar Square was a pub: The Admiralty. The above photo shows the pub from the exit we used at the hotel. Literally cross the street. Every time we walked past & thought about going in, it was packed, inside & outside. Plus, there were 2 steps to get inside. We were sad because it was super convenient and because they serve ale & pie. Pies with ale. Meat pies. Yum!
We ended up eating there 3 times (the nice employee at the door, we called him the bouncer guy, helped get the wheelchair up the 2 steps). The first time was after a day spent in Canterbury touring the gorgeous cathedral. That was a Saturday evening, mom's big birthday, and we were very surprised to find an empty table around 6 pm.
The second time was after getting drenched the day we went to the Changing of the Guard, Churchill War Museum, and Buckingham Palace. DRENCHED. It was around 5 pm that day and we hadn't had much for lunch so everyone was super hungry and tired of getting DRENCHED so we popped our heads in on the way back to the hotel, saw an empty table, and decided to grab it and eat early.
The third time was on our last day in London. It was a Saturday evening, we had reserved a table for 6 pm, and it was also the weekend the Rugby World Cup started. We know nothing about rugby. We didn't even know if the USA had a rugby team in the World Cup (they do). Anyway, you know how crazy people in the US get for the Super Bowl? Especially Pittsburghers if the Steelers are in it? Multiply that by 1000 (or more) and you have rabid rugby fans in a London pub on a Saturday evening. Newly set up TVs were tuned in to the Japan-South Africa match. People were crowded around them. Lots of yelling & cheering & groaning.
Honestly, it was pretty fun. It was neat to experience.
Mom always drank pinot grigio. I always drank afternoon tea with milk. And SP tried the ales. The first time, he tried Oliver's Island:
The second time he got to try the Seafarers he had wanted the first time (but they were out of it) and the final time, he tried Front Row:
My tea, with white and brown sugar cubes and a little bottle of cream:
Turns out I really like brown sugar in tea. I also really do like milk in my tea, but only in tea like breakfast or afternoon tea.
On her birthday, mom finally got her Fish (Cod) & Chips:
She said the fish was excellent and everyone really liked the chips. She even ate her minted peas. They were tricky buggers on a platter, not plate, and more than a few spilled off & bounced onto the floor, but she was happy they weren't mushy peas, which SP had with his fish somewhere and were, as one of our tour guides told us, an "acquired taste."
On our first visit, SP and I both got a pie. He got his Chicken, Ham Hock, and Fuller's Organic Honey Dew pie with chips and salad while I got my White Texel Dorset Leg of Lamb pie with mash and salad, below:
SP and I both liked his pie, but we both liked mine better. Inside SP's pie:
Inside my lamb with red wine , rosemary, and mint gravy pie:
Lots of lamb, excellent rosemary & mint flavor, and the best gravy we had. We all ended up dipping mom's and SP's chips in my gravy pitcher. My mash was also really good and really large, too large, but so good I couldn't stop eating it.
The pie plate was a little too carb filled for SP so, figuring he could "help" me with my chips and pie crust, on subsequent visits he ordered Seared Trout Fillet (potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes, lemon cream).
Mom ordered ESB Marinated Chicken Breast (spring greens, bacon, new potatoes, beer & mustard sauce) on the last 2 visits:
They both said their meals were delicious. My last 2 meals were Steak & ESB Pie (caramelized shallots, button mushrooms, mustard & ESB gravy):
I always chose the salad of greens, cucumber, and fennel and the chips (instead of mash) the last 2 times because these "french fries" are so much tastier than any fry I've had (except for maybe Belgian style frites). Lots of tender steak inside the pie:
I liked this one best of the three pies we tried, but I liked the lamb gravy best of the 3 gravies we had.
SP did indeed "help" me eat the pie crust and chips, as did mom. The pie plate is quite filling.
On our final night, we decided to share a dessert, the pavlova with berries. It was so pretty! A tower of cream and fruit and meringue with pretty flowers. It was light and just right for us to share. Probably one of my favorite desserts ever.
Obviously, we really liked The Admiralty. It was in a great location for us. The employees were cheerful and helpful. By our final meal, mom was even comfortable enough to go up to the bar counter and order by herself! The food was tasty. It was relaxing even with all the cheering on rugby night! Definitely check it out if you are in the Trafalgar Square/Westminster area, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they serve all three.