The Pub

Written by Scott Joseph on .

Pub barI’ve been suffering from London withdrawal lately. No, not because the Olympics are over. Truth be told, I haven’t watched a combined 10 minutes of Olympics coverage in the past 20 years.

But I was in London a few weeks before the games got underway, and the city was at its finest. I Loved wandering through Parliament and Trafalgar Square, admiring the paintings at the Tate, strolling along the Strand.

And, of course, the pubs.

There’s something quite homey and convivial about a London pub. You can meet with friends to have a cold pint (they’ve finally figured out that refrigeration thing) and fill your belly with basic British fare. The food rarely rises above average -- for that you need to visit a gastropub -- but it also is rarely unacceptable. It’s comfort food at its most epitomal. 

So finding myself missing a pub, I figured it was a good time to check out The Pub. That is the decidedly uncreative name of a new establishment at Pointe Orlando. The Pub is, in some ways, very much like a pub. But in other ways it is very much different.

Cricketers Arms

Written by Scott Joseph on .

Cricketers roastI’m getting excited about the upcoming Study Abroad program. I’ll be part of a team leading UCF students in a writing course about food and beverage experiences in London and Paris. We will arrive in London on the Fourth of July, or, as they refer to it in Britain, Wednesday.

I wonder if the U.S. will have any Independence Day celebrations as grand as yesterday’s spectacular flotilla down the Thames River as part of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I was enjoying watching it on BBC America, but something was missing from the experience. So I hopped in my car and drove down to Restaurant Row to watch the final moments at Cricketers Arms, an authentic British pub right here in Orlando.

Cricketers Arms has been around for a long time, but it’s been in more locations than some food trucks. It started out at the Mercado Mediterranean shopping complex, then moved up the road to Festival Bay mall when the Mercado was slated for demolition (probably a good decision). It closed at Festival Bay just over a year ago and found a new home on Sand Lake Road.