Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Royal Clayton’s English Pub (Los Angeles)

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This is an English Pub I really want to like but service has been
subpar-to-nonexistent on more than one occasion.  So, what keeps me
coming back??  The Fish & Chips and Leffe Blonde.

Pros:  FISH & CHIPS – A substantial amount of Beer battered Deep
           Fried Cod with fries really hits the spot.  The best Fish & Chips
           I’ve eaten thus far.  CALAMARI –  It comes with a duo of
           dipping sauces and a simple slaw on the side.  It too, is very
           tasty.  LEFFE BLONDE – Royal Clayton’s has one of my
           favorite beers on tap as well as a handful of other very good
           brews such as Chimay, Guinness, Tetley’s, Bass, Newcastle,
           etc.  I’ve had a few COCKTAILS here as well.  I can’t remember
           them too well but they were better than average.  Other
           favorable items that I consumed were the Baja Shrimp Wraps,
           various Pizzas & the Cheshire Cheese Steak Rolls.

           Parking – On most nights, you will find free parking on side
           streets or you can pay a fee of what I believe is 5 dollars in a lot
           adjacent to the Pub.

           The Vibe – The feel of the Pub, itself, is ingratiating and the
            Pool Table (games free of charge) adds to the charm of the
            place.  Very "chill" people here that add to the vibe of the Pub.
            My favorite time to head here is on a cold rainy night.
            Something about this place just seems to warms me up.

Cons:  Service –  Really disappointing at times.  Other times, it is
            courteous, helpful and hospitable.  Sadly, it has been cold or
            non existent, more than a couple of times.  I would like to see
            extra personnel added as sometimes, I give them the benefit
            of the doubt and I attribute the poor service to poor staffing on
            nights when they’d be better served with extra servers.  But
            what do I know – Just that I’ve had mixed results and
            unfortunately the bad experiences are the ones that stick in
            your mind.

            Chips & Salsa – I think I purposely deleted this from my
            memory banks.  It is just not very good.  They should remove
            this from the menu immediately.  As a matter of fact, someone
            should get a petition going!

            Sweet Potato Fries – Just plain limp and oily.  How ’bout we
            crank up the heat on the deep fryer back there guys!!

            Location – The block itself is cool but a block away in any
            which direction and you’ll be in the thick of things (if you know
            what I mean).

Indifferences:
            The Duke – a pasta dish and the Two Crowns – basically an
            open faced tuna melt.  Nothing to write home about in either
            case.    

All in all, I come here for the Fish & Chips and the Leffe Blonde and
maybe to play a few games of pool if the table is available.  Other
than that, I can live with whatever else they decide to serve up.  For
me, the Fish & Chips and Beer are enough to bring me back.  I just
wish the service would be more consistent – consistently good that is.



Menu. 



Tetley's.



Fried Calamari – Served with a simple Slaw, Lemon & a Duo of Dipping Sauces – One Tomato-Based; The other a Pimento Mayo.  



Fish & Chips – Fresh Cod Fried in Homemade Bass Ale Beer Batter.  Served with "Chips" & Tartar Sauce. 



 Leffe Blonde.  I always did have a thing for BLONDES.  Sorry, Lilly.  I hope you will understand.  Tongue out


      
 Royal Clayton & Leffe Brown.



The Two Crowns - Tuna Salad atop Toasted English Muffins; Covered in Cheese & Baked. Served with Sweet Potato Fries.


Chimay Red and Shandy (1/2 Stella Artois, 1/2 7up).



      The Duke - Grilled Chicken, Linguini, Mushrooms in a Roasted Garlic, Tequila & Cream Sauce.  


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