Stoney's in an earnest and mostly successful attempt to offer a British Pub in small wonder of Delaware. It's namesake hails from Leeds and claims he started it after despairing of ever finding real English fare in the US. I know this because on most visits he meets each guest with a hearty greeting and a ready willingness to share his life story and anything else you may want to know.
But there's more to Stoney's than its amiable host. It has a great selection of beers, ales, and ciders as befits any British Pub worthy of its name, as well as wines and harder stuff. And depending if you appreciate or disdain English cuisine will determine whether you hail or revile the food, but no one will deny its authenticity.
After sampling traditional fare like Beef & Kidney Pie and Bangers & Mash on prior visits, this time I opted for the more straightforward Fish & Chips. I got a flakey moist fish fillet lightly coated in a crispy coating of batter. My wife complained that her King George (roast beef bits wrapped in a Yorkshire Pudding) was a bit dry, but I noticed she cleared her plate nonetheless.
For dessert I went for the traditional treacle cake served in a warm pool of custard while wifey choose the Yorkshire Delight --- yet another Yorkshire Pudding, this time wrapped around ice cream. Neither of us were disappointed.
About the time we were finishing up, a folk dou set up and began serenading us with a round of Celtic melodies, completing a memorable dining experience.
If you're looking for British kitsch, feel free to seek out your local Elephant & Castle franchise. But if you want to partake one man's honourable quest to bring England to the Americas, meet me at Stoney's !
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