Fox and Hounds Pub
Ventura & Arch
British pub with typical pub fare.
DECOR: Crowded, sometimes smoky (smoking takes place in the back room and the patio, which are technically outside. Poorly placed dart board near the entry - watch for projectiles!
SERVICE: A bit slow, especially after the focus has changed to drinking from eating & drinking. Too few waitstaff.
FOOD: A quite competent example of the genre. Fish and chips vary - the first time we went they were perfect, the second time a bit overfried. Bangers and mash were well-executed, the mash wasn't too lumpy and wasn't that God-awful institutional glue. Baked beans are authentic British-variety Heinz. Peas out of a can, unremarkable.
The selection of beer is quite long - they do have Stella Artois, but only in bottles. Me, I like a nice pint of Tennant's. Most beers are on tap, including Guinness, Newcastle, and Boddingtons.
VALUE: A little bit expensive but you do get a lot of food for your money. Entrees are around $9-$12. Beer is cheap (see the Verdict).
VERDICT: We go here a lot because, well, it's Lent, and Friday means fish, and what better way to have fish? It's walking distance from us, and the waitstaff are friendly if a bit rushed. Would I make a special point of coming from the Westside or Glendale? Nah. But if you're in the area, it's good, it's reasonable, and the imported beer is cheaper than most domestic beers at bars ($4 a pint).
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