There’s more options for British fare in Chicago than ever before from fish fries at Duke of Perth to Sunday roasts at Red Lion Pub. There are plenty of hearty classics to enjoy. The following spots also offer extensive selections of beers, ciders, and Pimm’s Cups for the complete British experience. Chicagoans might not know the lyrics to “God Save the Queen,” but they can appreciate a plate of bangers and mash and a cold pint all the same.Read More
Where to Eat British Food in Chicago
Feast on fish and chips, savory pies, and more
1. The Northman
The city’s first cider bar complements its array of apple beverages with bites from Southern England. Knock back a glass or two and munch on cheeses, vegetable pasties, doner kebabs, and fish and chips in North Center.
2. The Globe Pub
Don’t know the difference between soccer teams Manchester United and Manchester City? No worries, there’s always the expansive beer list and menu of British fare to fall back on at the Globe Pub. This North Center destination draws fervent soccer fans in with dozens of televisions showing matches from around the world. Watch the action with a cold pint and chicken tikka masala, shepherd’s pie, or a traditional full breakfast. Tuesday nights also play host to one of the best trivia competitions in Chicago.
3. Duke of Perth
If endless amounts of fish and chips are what Chicagoans crave, Duke of Perth’s got them covered in Lakeview. The popular Scottish pub offers all-you-can-eat beer-battered cod and fries on Wednesdays and Saturdays alongside other items such as shepherd’s pie, black pudding, and a haggis burger. Rounding out the experience is an extensive Scotch selection and live Celtic music.
4. Owen & Engine
Gastropub fare is oftentimes an afterthought, but that’s not the case at Bo Fowler’s British-inspired spot in Logan Square. Though the menu offers favorites like bangers and mash and fish and chips, it also explores a number of less-common traditions — Cornish pasty, bubble and squeak, vegetable korma, and more. The burger is also among the best in town, made with Slagel Farm chuck, short rib, and brisket and topped with caramelized onions. And the comfy Victorian-style décor beckons guests to stay for a bit while enjoying a beer or Pimm’s Cup from the impressive drink list.
5. Red Lion Pub
This Lincoln Park tavern — established more than three decades ago — underwent a complete rebuild in 2014. The cozy space sports vaulted ceilings, leather chairs, bookshelves, British trinkets, and three fireplaces spread across two levels. The food offerings include Scotch eggs, four-cheese toasties, and chicken curry. This location shouldn’t be confused with a Lincoln Square pub of the same name.
6. Pub Royale
Heisler Hospitality’s West Town restaurant serves craft beer with Anglo-Indian mash-ups like coconut curry mussels, salt cod samosas, eggplant curry, hot chicken wings, and more. Can’t handle the heat? Temper the spices with a boozy mango lassi. There’s also a stand-out burger.
7. Elephant & Castle
Hearty British classics are the focus at this Canadian restaurant chain, which has two downtown locations and another one in the suburbs. Guests can nosh on crispy fish and chips, butter chicken poutine, stuffed Yorkshire pudding, and steak and mushroom pie while sipping a pint of brown ale.
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8. Pleasant House Pub
Best known for savory “royal” pies, Pleasant House moved to Pilsen in 2016 and expanded its operation to include even more British specialties. The famous buttery pastries — filled with beef stew, chicken stew, or veggies — are still the main attraction but diners can also try dishes like curry chips and Welsh rarebit. There are more than a dozen rotating beers on tap and the restaurant serves a fish fry on Fridays.