Under a spreading oak tree hard by the verdant steeplechase country of Pennsylvania quietly resides The Whip Tavern. From “bangers & mash” to “bubble & squeak,” no more typical English menu can be found on this side of the pond.
Fish and chips? Atlantic cod dipped in house-made batter. Want more? Side of curry sauce, side of mushy peas, side of coleslaw.
Welsh rarebit? A viscous blend of cheddar and Stilton swirled with Smithwick’s Irish ale and Coleman mustard served with crostini for dipping. Scotch egg? Hard boiled and wrapped in house ground local pork lightly breaded and fried. Steamed clams of smoked fish plate, charred octopus imported from the rocky coast of Spain.
Arroz con pollo (how did that sneak in???). Closer to home, Lancaster County braised short ribs.
Arrive early enough to enjoy the pub atmosphere and delights of the gratis sweet and sour peanut mix.
All here at the end of the rainbow, namely 1383 N. Chatham Road, Coatesville, Pa.