Last night we tried to go to a pub that’s close to our place, but we never noticed it before. It’s hidden. Unfortunately you need to make a reservation so we’ll have to go back a different time. However I wanted to have a beer to celebrate the 4th of July so we hopped into one of our local pubs that we frequent.
O’Neill’s in Earl’s Court is part of a chain. Seriously, I see them all over. Normally this would turn me off. Yet every time we go to this one the service is excellent, the food is decent, and usually we can find a table. The other day I was meeting The Better Half and while I was at the bar ordering the bartender said, “I think you’re partner is looking for you.” So we may go there more than occasionally. But it’s nice to have a place where the staff knows you. And they are used to our annoying American ways: we open a tab and pay by credit card. Pub etiquette says you should pay after each time you order and most people pay with cash. I can’t carry cash. I spend it too easily.
I never intended to review O’Neill’s, but last night I had a surprise. Yesterday was the 4th of July and I wanted to celebrate even though I was in London. We don’t have a house with a yard so we couldn’t grill, which is what we normally did in the US. While looking at the menu I noticed something that wouldn’t have caught my attention on a different day: a hot dog. Okay, it was a pork and leek sausage, but they called it a hot dog with onions, ketchup and mustard. How perfect! We also ordered a plate of chicken wings. I felt like I found a little bit of home yesterday. I even ordered a half pint of Coors on tap.
I won’t say you need to rush out and find an O’Neill’s, but if you wandered into one, you may be surprised. I give this pub 4 out of 5 stars.