When in the midst of a cold and rainy winter, there are many foods and drinks to partake of that offer warmth and a satisfying fullness. This type of cuisine has been perfected by the people of Great Britain, and thankfully, the people of Myrtle Beach have a piece of that pie (pun intended).
The Old Bull and Bush Pub and Eatery is located on U.S. 17 Bypass frontage road instead of across the Atlantic Ocean, however, once inside, it’s hard not to imagine being in a pub somewhere in an English village. The atmosphere is loud and incredibly friendly, with customers coming and going but always greeting each other and the bartenders as old friends. In fact, it really seemed as if there were no strangers in the pub.
Though a bit early in the evening, the petite bar was already close to full, and a trio of musicians were preparing for a night of entertainment. A pool game was soon started at one of the tables, and while there were a number of screens showing different sports, they were mostly ignored in exchange for good company.
Between 4 and 7 p.m. is happy hour for the pub, and as such, there were quite a number of deals for consumers. For those who want a serious beer, take advantage of the $3 Guinness deal during this time.
Other fantastic options include discounted appetizers, like loaded chips (French fries), tomato and garlic dip, and sausage rolls. There are also sandwiches (that can be made into wraps upon request), all under $7. In case early dining isn’t your thing, there are also deals for the late party-goers, starting at 10 p.m., including shepherd’s pie for a few dollars less than the regular price.
The service might not have been the fastest, but it also can’t be considered slow, and the time does pass by quickly when making new friends. When the food was served, it was actually too hot to eat right away, speaking levels of how freshly prepared the dishes are.
The baked brie was perfectly melted inside with the dough around it retaining a delicious crunch. The raspberry drizzled on top was a perfect combination to a favorite side dish. The samosas were much the same, so hot they burned the tongue at first, with a flaky crust and spicy meat interior. They came with a side of ketchup, but these British favorites with Indian origin were complex enough to not need the extra flavor.
With St. Patrick’s Day approaching and the area still a bit gray, the Old Bull and Bush is a warm and colorful option for the right kind of food and atmosphere to feel alive again, and celebrate that life with friends.