British Open Pub offers friendly, comfortable dining

Pam Gallagher


British Open Pub offers friendly, comfortable dining

A Hilton Head Island mainstay since the late 1990s at the Village at Wexford, British Open Pub in Bluffton's Sheridan Park commands a loyal following.

Sun City residents who formerly patronized the restaurant at the community's Okatie Creek Clubhouse, local business people meeting for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and workers dropping in at Happy Hour frequently turn into regulars and aren't surprised when everybody knows their names.

They come back for the consistency of authentic British pub fare, including fish and chips, complementary fresh-baked scones at breakfast, entrees featuring only Certified Angus Beef, and the finest ales and single malt scotches produced in England, Ireland and Scotland.

"We're busy all the time," said owner Damian Hayes, showing off his establishment's latest addition, the St. Andrews Room, a private dining room adjacent to the main entrance and accessible from the outside.

Designed primarily for sales meetings, business functions or parties, the space accommodates up to 60, with buffet or off-the-menu dining available. Decorated with autographed photos and golf memorabilia, it also has two 50-inch TVs.

Full-service dining is available year round on the screened-in patio with fireplace and more TVs, but the Titleist Bar alongside the main dining room is a great place to graze on some of the Pub's tasty starters. These include Pub Wellingtons made with Certified Angus, caramelized onions, blue cheese and mushrooms wrapped in puff pastry served on top of natural demi-glace, $9.59.

The Early Golfers Menu is served from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, when dinner specials - entrée, two sides and fresh-baked bread - include a beverage and a taste of the chef's dessert, from $13.99 to $27.99.

The expansive breakfast menu is served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends, when brunch can be accompanied by bottomless champagne, mimosas, or made-from-scratch Bloody Marys, $4.49 to $7.49.

The newest favorite at lunch is the Pub's Lobster Roll, chock full of chunks of lobster in a zesty house-made remoulade and served on a buttered, toasted baguette with choice of fries or coleslaw, $14.99, or with fresh fruit, onion rings or sweet potato fries for 99 cents more.

Wednesdays are when the Pub slow roasts its Angus prime rib to perfection and serves it up in a 12-oz. Queen Cut, $22.99, or 16-oz. King Cut, $25.99, including choice of sides.

Save room for desserts generous enough to share, including Homemade Bread Pudding, Old English Deep Dish Apple Pie, both $5.99, and Brownie Sundae, $4.99.

For information, call 843-815-6736.

Freelance writer Pam Gallagher was a copy editor at USA Today and a staff writer and fashion editor for the Asbury Park Press.