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New British Pub Opens at The Original Farmers Market

August 11, 2020 by Juliet Bennett Rylah
The Steak and Ale Pie at Market Tavern. Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

Now open for outdoor dining and takeout at The Original Farmers Market, Market Tavern is a pub that pays homage to both the hearty dishes many associate with British cuisine as well as U.K. rock and roll. 

Market Tavern is a new venture from musician Gary Twinn, who also manages the Farmers Market’s Bar 326 and E.B.’s Beer and Wine, and Chef Brendan Collins of Fia in Santa Monica.  

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Upon entrance, you’ll hear the likes of Pulp, Blur, The Who, and The Clash and there’s a wall covered with recognizable U.K. albums, like Quadrophenia and Abbey Road.

However, you won’t be able to sit inside until COVID-19 regulations subside. Instead, you’ll have your temperature taken before you’re seated at a socially distanced table on the spacious outdoor patio.

The menu has all the staples you’re looking for and a few surprises. There’s a selection of pies, including a traditional steak and ale as well as a vegetarian Shepherd’s pie made with Impossible meat. The fish and chips is a generous portion of beer-battered rockfish with thick, hand-cut chips (and plenty of malt vinegar, of course). A menu of “British bites” includes a traditional English breakfast, marmite on toast, and a chip butty—that’s a sandwich made with fries.

But alongside the very British items, you’ll also find some shockingly good Brussels sprouts in a Thai sauce, pizza, hamachi, and a few pastas. And for dessert, it’s sticky toffee pudding with caramel ice cream, of course. 

Sticky Toffee Pudding at Market Tavern. Photo: Juliet Bennett Rylah

The prices at Market Tavern may at first appear a bit high, but the larger dishes and pies are more than enough for two people. The fish & chips is $24, but it’s also huge. The pies are all about $20, but again, they’re filling and come with greens and potatoes. On Sundays, they do a hearty roast from noon to 4 p.m. that includes a meat—like roast beef with horseradish or lamb in mint sauce—with vegetables and gravy. Prices range from $26-$28.

Market Tavern also has a full bar with a sizable beer list that contains more than a few interesting options for those who get bored with the hoppy IPAs and pales on many L.A. menus. Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m., and includes $6 beers, $8 wines and wells, and $9 cocktails, plus food specials.

For those who aren’t yet venturing into the world of outdoor dining, takeout and pickup are available.

Market Tavern is located at 6333 W 3rd St, #706 at the Original Farmers Market, next to The Grove. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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