The Queen & Beaver Public House
35 Elm St.
Hours: Monday- Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. (during football season, otherwise 11 a.m.) to 11 p.m, Sun 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Price range $5 – $22
Reservations – Yes
Time in 12:59 p.m.
Time out 2:03 p.m.
Low $ – Scotch Egg & HP Sauce ($5)
High $ – Steak & Onions with Horseradish Cream ($22)
Licensed – oh yes
Most themed restaurants and pubs come off as hokey or trying too hard.
Not the Queen & Beaver Public House. An old house restored with charm is a comfortable hangout for those wanting to grab a pint, but not be subjected to foxes, fiddles and other F’s.
And finally there’s a pub where the food is as good as everything else.
Being half-British, I was excited by the menu: rabbit pie, bags of crisps, sardines, toasts, etc. Toasts are just what they sound like – bread, toasted (or broiled) with cheese or other toppings.
Devilled Lamb’s Kidneys & Dripping Toast ($10) is understandably not for everyone, but floured and dusted with cayenne pepper, it is British comfort food at its best. My companion has 3 Yr. Old Cheddar & Smokey Tomatoes ($9), accompanied by salad and pickles, which soothes his soul.
If you thought British food was boring, think again.