The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse Serves Hearty English Fare In L.A.

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Beef cheeks & Old Thymey cocktail.

Anyone who walks down the sunny streets of LA’s Westside and happens to upon the rustic entrance of The Stalking Horse is in for a lovely surprise. The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse is the perfect place to experience perfectly hearty and delicious English fare and ambiance in Los Angeles!

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Everything about The Stalking Horse from the facade to the interior is cheery and inviting. One walks through a dark wooden entrance set with wide open windows and vines. It looks just like the facade of any charming unassuming pub in the U.K. The bar that greets you as soon as you walk in is elegant and neatly lined with imported gin and scotch. Behind the bar is the pub’s very own brewery where they make their signature craft brews. The dining room on the other side is spacious and airy with a sweet patio in the back, perfect for sunny days and warm nights with friends.

The restaurant specializes in English cuisine specifically based in Cornwall. Any visitor will be incredibly pleased to find authentic and hearty British food at such a stylish restaurant in West LA. The iconic regional dish of Cornwall is the pasty, the warm flaky pastries with savory fillings, which the restaurant proudly serves with daily limited availability. The Traditional Cornish Pasty is made with steak, onion, potato and gravy, while there’s also a yummy Tikka Masala Pasty with chicken, carrot and chickpeas. There are other Savory Pie options like Chicken Pot Pie and my personal recommendation, the Lamb and Apricot Pie with chutney.

Pub grub is exceptionally tasty here. The appetizer that everyone absolutely has to try is the Yorkshire Pudding. It features a crispy and flaky puff bread which you dip in savory onion gravy, that’ll make you want to eat exclusively at British pubs for a long time. Other delicious bar food includes the Dipping Chips with aioli and malt vinegar and the Welsh Rarebit which features melted pub cheese and chives. Of course a real English pub wouldn’t be complete without Fish and Chips, which the restaurant knocks out of the park. The fish is perfectly battered and crispy with no greasy or soggy parts, keeping the flavor light and refined. Brunch is also served on the weekends from 10 AM – 3 PM, and it’s the time guests can get a classic English breakfast, complete with eggs, roasted tomato and baked beans.

Of course the drinks and mixology at the bar are top quality to match the food. Following good British fashion, the bar focuses largely on gin and scotch. The King’s G&T is the must-try item on the cocktail menu as it utilizes a homemade tonic that’s made in-house. The Old Thymey is another excellent gin cocktail which guests must try which includes Astral Pacific Gin, tangerine and thyme. Another distinct cocktail is the 5 O’clock Tea Time which is incredibly British, featuring Isle of Skye Scotch and English Breakfast Tea.

The bar provides a versatile list of local and imported beers, making it a popular locale among other industry patrons. Diners will find unique selections of ales, porters, IPAs and stouts. The Stalking Horse ales crafted at the in-house brewery are inspired by what you would find in Britain, like an English Summer Ale, English Pale Ale and an Irish Red Ale. If none of these suit your taste, luckily there are reliable and familiar local California brews like Anchor Porter, Session IPA and Modern Times Coffee Stout.

As a perfectly put-together British pub, The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse is a truly unique and accessible bar restaurant in LA. Be sure to stop by for a pint or for lunch the next time you’re in the Westside, as you definitely won’t be disappointed by the lovely food, drinks and ambiance at this local gem!

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Nadia Cho

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Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features and online via JST's social media platforms. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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