Pub meals in Australia are one of those quintessential facets of life which originated from its British cultural heritage. Hop into any pub today and you can easily find a meal that can be as basic as a steak and chips or as fancy as pan-roasted pheasant.
Since we were in London, a pub stop was definitely on the list of things to try and there was one right around the corner from our hotel – The Dickens Tavern.
The Dickens Tavern is a traditional English pub and one of the many Taylor Walker pubs dotted across the country.
With nearly 300 years of history, Taylor Walker pubs still believe that the same things are as important to the Brits as the day they started – great quality, freshly prepared food, favorite drinks and friendly service in a relaxing British pub with a welcoming atmosphere.
Stepping into the pub, it’s all warm dark woods and cozy air. We snagged a window table, so we could watch the comings and goings of the chillier world outside as we ate our pub meal.
And I have to say the food is pretty good. The SO opted for a very traditional fish and chips with garden peas. He usually prefers his fish grilled, but the only option seems to be battered. Not that he complained – in fact, he raved about how light and crispy the batter was and I had to agree. The chips arrived unsalted, so we could add however much salt or malt vinegar we wanted.
I went with a much more mundane sandwich with a multigrain bread, which was really nice. The vegetables were crisp and fresh, and left me feeling comfortably full for an active afternoon of sightseeing.
The Dickens Tavern
25 London Street, Paddington, London, W2 1HH
Tel: 0207 2622365