124 S.18th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19103
The Dandelion is an upscale British pub that is beautifully decorated with its own fireplace and would be an excellent choice for a special evening out. The high quality ingredients and food puts them on the moderate side for prices. Here you can find a traditional Shepherd’s pie made of lamb, and other upscale items like chicken with duck pate parfait. Customers describe the appetizers and cocktails as amazing. You will also find more standard British meals such as fish & chips, steak and chips.
The Victoria Freehouse
10 S. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19106
The Victoria Freehouse makes up a traditional Shepherd’s Pie with lamb. It is an authentic British Pub full of some of the most delicious versions of typical British fare also including Potted Trout, Bangers & Mash, Scottish egg and fish & chips. For dessert they serve “proper puddings.” Customers rave about the amazing brunch they serve on the weekends, so be sure to not miss the scones. Go for the food, but many people stay for the atmosphere and like the general vibe the Victoria Freehouse has.
1500 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19102
Fado is a traditional looking Irish pub that attracts a younger crowds, and is especially crowded on the weekends (it becomes a nightclub). The Shepherd’s Pie here is served “Americanized” with grass fed beef instead of lamb. As far as other fare from the UK, you can find some excellent Fish & Chips, Bangers and Mash, Boxty and of course plenty of Guinness on tap. Fado also has a more extensive Scotch selection. They also sell burgers and corned beef sandwiches and salads for those not looking for traditional foods. For sports lovers who want to watch some soccer with their shepherd’s pie, you will find plenty of it on the many TVs.
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1214 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
Shepherd’s Pie can also be found at Fergie’s, a fun Irish Pub that sells both Irish fare and traditional bar food items, so it may make even picky eaters in your group satisfied. Besides a full bar, they also sell local craft beer from Nodding Head Brewery. As a bonus, Fergie’s’ is one of the top places to see rock music as they regularly book popular, local bands. They also have an open mic night for you to express your own inner rock star and “Live Band Karaoke.” And for those not as musically inclined or interested, go to Fergie’s for the very popular Quizzo trivia night.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
McGillin’s is one of the most historic pubs in the city. It is the oldest tavern in the city, established in 1860 which makes it as historic as their food is delicious. It is also regularly considered one of the best Irish Pubs in the City. McGillin’s have seasonal specials and attracts both loyal regulars and tourists. McGillin’s offers a mix of both traditional American food such as burgers and seafood pasta and European delights such as German sausages. Their Shepherd’s pie is made with beef.
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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.