SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — KCBS reporter Liam Mayclem will be providing KPIX 5 users with a weekly tip list on how best to survive the current coronavirus outbreak. In honor of Royals Week on KPIX 5, here’s his Best of British in the Bay Area list.
PIG & WHISTLE, San Francisco
Nice selection of British ales and ciders and my fave Boddingtons. The pastries & pies are worth visiting for. The dartboard reminds me of pubs back home but it’s the warm hospitality by British bartenders that make the Pig & Whistle a right Royal treat.
The Shepherd’s Pie is worth the trek to the East Bay but lots of other offerings like pot pies and sausage rolls also satisfy that longing for home.
BEST FISH & CHIPS:
CODMOTHER, San Francisco
They are simply the best fish and chips this side of Westminster. The thrice-fried jumbo chips served with fresh cod in a naughty, crunchy, crispy beer batter hit the spot every time. The sounds of seagulls around the wharf echo the natural seaside soundtrack from home (UK).
LOVEJOY’S, San Francisco
LOVEJOYS tearoom in San Francsico & sister shoppe in Pacific are as authentic a tea house can be. From dainty sandwiches to scones with jam and clotted cream PLUS a fine selection of British brews and cakes – LOVEJOYS IS the real deal. Get your fill, of a right proper British High Tea – you’ll be royally glad you did. Book ahead as tea times often sell out.
BEST BRIT SHOP:
ROXIE MARKET, San Francisco
Every time I visit I am transported back to the old country and become an excited 10-year-old kid all over again.
There are many shops around the Bay selling British eats and treats but the selection here is unrivaled. From Mars bars to Toblerone chocolate, marmite to specialty jams, this spot has it all. If you love your Brit tea you will not be disappointed by the brew offerings here.
BEST BRITISH PODCAST
HIGHCLERE CASTLE’S LADY CARNARVON
The Lady of the house at Highclere (Downtown Abbey) has a brilliant weekly podcast. She interviews the characters behind the castle and does virtual gin tastings and cocktail hours too. Much fun and available for download via the Highclere site.
BEST BRIT TV SHOW
GRAHAM NORTON, BBC AMERICA
Britain’s number 1 chat show host Graham Norton is actually Irish but he rules on TV in the UK and has quite the following here in the USA.
BEST BRITISH TV HOST
JAMES CORDON, CBS
For six years British born Cordon has brought comedy & conversation & lots of music to late night TV on CBS. His segment Carpool Karaoke has invited the biggest of stars from Beyoncé to Paul McCartney for a sing along. The segments, downloaded more than a billion times have catapulted Cordon to internet mega-stardom. He’s also #1 in the “late late” night time slot.
BEST OVERALL PUB
CAMERONS, Half Moon Bay
This BRIT pub along Highway 1 wins my vote as the best overall Brit pub in the Bay. Along with a nice selection of British brews, there are many offerings like cottage pie & pasties & fish & chips. But the little Brit shop with tasty treats from home make this a mist stop for me anytime I am on the coast. The owner Cameron is Mr.Half Moon Bay and the resident honorary Brit.
BEST BRIT SPORTS BAR
KEZAR PUB, San Francisco
The Offical SF bar for Liverpool fans. The vibe is good, the pints perfect and Tv screens for viewing are aplenty.
MUST SEE TV: OPRAH ROYAL SPECIAL
SUNDAY 8pm CBS
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That’s a Royal wrap in this all-British edition of Liam’s List.
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