The Olde Ship’s fare is “better than most pub food I have had in England,” says ElissaInPlaya. Top-notch fish and chips (especially haddock), beef Wellington, and the usual suspects: bangers and mash, sausage rolls, steak and kidney pie. Oh yeah, the beer’s good too. Brace yourself for a wait at dinnertime, as they don’t take reservations–it’s a pub, after all.

You can get a mean fish-and-chips at Brits, a pub in Pasadena, says Will Owen. Service may be somewhat curt but is vulnerable to buttering-up.

Fish and chips at Whale & Ale have been touted on the board. The batter is fried dark brown and crispy, but the chips are nothing to write home about, says Mattapoisett in LA. The real star here is shepherd’s pie–ground lamb and prime rib with peas and gravy, topped with whipped potatoes and broiled till crisp. Well spiced, it’s nearly perfect (OK, the gravy could’ve been thicker). Finish a meal with Cumberland sticky toffee pudding–nutty, caramely and not too sweet, nicely set off by vanilla ice cream.

Olde Ship [North OC]
709 N. Harbor Blvd., at Brookdale, Fullerton

Olde Ship [South OC]
1120 W. 17th St., at Westwood, Santa Ana

Brits Restaurant [Pasadena-ish]
1770 E. Colorado Blvd., at Allen, Pasadena

Whale & Ale [South Bay]
327 W. 7th St., at Centre, San Pedro

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