Congratulations! It’s Friday night!
And to celebrate the end of the week in typical London style, we’re going to check out the Puzzle Pub. No worries, it’s about 20 steps from our front door.
Apparently there are 4 types of pubs in London.
1. Drinking pubs. These are the most alcohol oriented, often combined with sports coverage. Where the lads go to celebrate the latest footie victory. Hardly ever have food, but you can often order pizza and have it delivered to the bar. I would seriously call these more like an American bar – come here to find a hot date.
2. Drinking pubs that happen to serve food. These can be tricky, since you see the menu, but don’t be fooled. There’s no chef in the back preparing filet mignon. You’ll be lucky to get something halfway edible here.
3. Gastropubs. These pubs have a decent chef, and a decent menu. It’s where you go for a good meal and lively conversation. Sometimes there are kids present during daylight hours.
4. Pubs that are really restaurants. Definitely very quiet, with a well-developed menu. This is where you come if you want to see what contemporary (and popular) British food is doing (answer: not much). You can get a pint here, but the selection probably isn’t that great. Children are often present.
Okay, so now that you have the rundown, I have to admit that I’m still learning how to tell the difference from the street! Obviously the presence of a menu helps, and I try to judge how many televisions are on. I find that pubs showing rugby matches are more my style than pubs showing football (or soccer, for all you colonists out there).
Gosh, this post makes it sound like all we’ve done in the past month has been to visit the pub! Seriously though, I think it’s an aspect of British culture that we really like. We’re not big fans of the bar-scene, but the pub is totally different. You should come visit and we’ll show you!
Oh! That reminds me! Our good friends (and favorite couch crashers) S&S are coming in April! Yay!