Sir Edmond Halley's
This place holds a special place in my heart for personal reasons. But, that's not why I come back. The food here is amazing. My wife loves the fried fish and I always get the quesadilla. Their wings and soup is great also. Would recommend 10/10
Found this gem last night after leaving Mooseheads around the corner (terrible. Another story for another day). Located in a back alley, with indoor and outdoor seating, this English pub had some of the best, friendliest wait staff we have experienced. Three of us walked into a cool (air-conditioned), cool (ambiance), location with a bar, large dining room and semi-private party area. The hostess sat us almost right away and we had our choice of tables or half booth, half tables. Dark wood accents and minimal decoration added to the pub feel. Menu was a nice mixture of pub favorites such as shepherds pie or bangers and mash as well as a selection of dinners, burgers and sandwiches. We started with two appetizers; fried provolone and the potato cakes in goat cheese sauce. Main dishes included fish and chips, "award winning" bacon cheese burger and stuffed zucchini. Apps were cheesy goodness, the fish was light, moist and perfectly crisp, the burger had bright, fresh tomato and lettuce with a nice seasoning to the meat and the zucchini was delicious as well. The three of us were first time visitors, but plan to be repeat customers.
One of my all time favorite hang out & drink/eat spots in Charlotte. Excellent pub fare. Still not as great as it was before it closed about 10 years ago...but the reopened version is still a favorite.
Tons of vegan and vegetarian options! The buffalo cauliflower was really great and not heavy or greasy at all. My tofu curry was a bit bland, but honestly so is a lot of English food in my experience, so it made it more authentic! Definitely sit outside if possible - the patio is shaded and quiet
We came here for an early dinner (4:30pm) on Saturday. There were a few other people there eating, but no staff greeted us and there was no hostess. We wandered around and over to the bar and asked the bartender if we should seat ourselves. He said yes, so we picked a table. After a minute or two a server came out, poured us some water, and brought menus. We ordered the Halley's Potato Cakes as an appetizer, the Guinness Irish Stew, the Fish & Chips, and the Shepherd's Pie. Portions were small for the price, or more accurately, the dishes were overpriced for what you got. Everything was under-seasoned. The Guinness Irish stew was very average. (The beef stew at Workman's Friend blows this one away.) The Shepherd's Pie was bland (and basically soup) and the "crispy" potato topper was not so much crispy as just dry. The fish was cooked well and was hands down the best part of the meal, but very small for $16 and the chips (fries) were just your standard restaurant steak fries that were not crispy. (Big Ben's Fish & Chips were bigger and better overall.) There's just too many great food options in Charlotte to waste money here on overpriced an underwhelming food.