There are plenty of bars around the Philippines run by ex-pats, but many of them (especially around Angeles) are rather seedy joints. The London Pub is rather more up-market, modelled on the gastropub concept of good food served in a traditional environment.
I have to say that the London Pub is really quite successful at capturing the feeling of a British pub. There is a wide range of beers (for those fed up with San Mig) though we were disappointed by the absence of cider from the menu. On the positive side, the pub games (table football, pool and darts) are free. But the main reason we were there was fish and chips.
These are as good as any I’ve tasted in the UK; beautifully fried with genuine beer batter and chunky chips (the secret is, apparently, that they are fried twice). At 336 PHP (about 5.00 GBP) it’s cheaper than eating in a fish and chip restaurant in the UK as well. The fish is not cod or haddock as in the UK but ‘cream dory‘ which is a fillet of a fresh water fish called Pangasius. Cream dory is slightly pink and very tender, making it a very acceptable (and more sustainable) alternative to the deep sea fish cooked in British fish and chip shops.
For slightly homesick Brits, the London Pub was just the ticket. It was also great fun introducing Mary Ann’s cousin Ate Nel and our driver Milan to the joys of table football. And what a result, with me and Nel coming back from being 5-1 down to beating Nat and Milan 9-8! (Though in the interests of journalistic balance I have to say that Dan thrashed me at pool.)