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Lititz's answer to the traditional British pub

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A Scotch egg with curry dipping sauce at the Bulls Head Public House in Lititz.
A Scotch egg with curry dipping sauce at the Bulls Head Public House in Lititz. - (Photo / )

Admittedly, as a Harrisburg-area resident, I haven't spent much time in Lititz. But I'm beginning to see exactly why it was voted Coolest Small Town in America last year — and I think food is a big reason.

Modeled after a typical British pub, the Bulls Head Public House feels comfy and friendly from the moment you walk inside. It’s like you’re instantly transported to a watering hole in the English countryside. And if I know anything, it’s that pubs (short for public houses) are as much a part of English culture as baseball is to Americans.

I particularly enjoyed the tiny sign on each table that said, “As in a traditional British pub, there is no table service. Please order your food and drinks at the bar.”

We just went right up to one of the barmen to order both food and drink. I believe I counted 16 craft beers on tap, including a couple of cask-conditioned beers, a lambic and a cider, all of which delighted my craft-beer-loving dinner companions. There were also nearly 70 beers on the bottle list.

The pub fare at Bulls Head is equally British. As a starter, I ordered a Scotch egg, which is a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage, coated in bread crumbs and then fried or baked. It arrived, cut in half, like two giant eyeballs (with curry dipping sauce). This was a delicious first for me, as were the bangers and mash — Cumberland sausages, caramelized onion gravy and rich mashed potatoes topped with grilled asparagus. As good as this dish was, the portions were such that I had to wrap up some of it to take home for leftovers (yay, instant lunch!).

My friend’s chicken and leek pie was equally impressive, as was the very generous cheese and meat board — one of the best-looking boards I’ve seen in a long time. Sometimes you order charcuterie or cheese platters and you barely get a bite of each item. This was definitely not the case here, and you can tell it was made for sharing. You’ll also find British staples such as shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, sausage rolls and, of course, chicken tikka masala on the menu. After all, it’s hardly a British pub if it doesn’t serve Indian food. And if you want to go more American, there are plenty of fresh salads, burgers, sandwiches and dinner plates, many of which boast English flair while also appealing to mainstream palates.

Still hungry after all that? Order up the sticky toffee pudding, a typical date sponge cake enrobed in toffee sauce and flanked by scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Sounds good enough to eat, right?


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Erica Reed

Erica Reed

Erica Reed is the editor for custom publishing at Journal Multimedia, but she moonlights as a foodie and wino. Follow her at @HbgFoodandWine.

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