Easy Entertaining Guide for your British Pub Night at Home
The St. Patrick’s Day festivities inspired me to host a British Pub Night party at home. I’m sharing my easy entertaining guide to help you host your own British Pub Night with friends and family in partnership with World Port Seafood and Omaha Steaks. I’ve been buying Omaha Steaks for almost 20 years – ever since my Mother in Law sent us an Omaha Steaks package for Christmas (best gift ever!) I love the quality of their product, plus the convenience of delivery is a big time saver for quick easy weeknight meals and entertaining on the weekends. As always, although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own and I only share with you products and experiences I love to inspire you to go #MakeSomedayHappen one delicious bite, sip and trip at a time!
Let’s get this British Pub Party going!
Here’s what you need to host your British Pub Night at Home
Fish and Chips are a classic part of British culture. Everyone loves Fish & Chips – kids and adults alike! So it’s perfect party food. The earliest reference to fish and chip shops in the Oxford English Dictionary was in 1876. By 1910 there were more than 25,000 chip shops across the UK!
According to the Federation of Fish Friers, the British eat 382 million portions of fish and chips a year which works out at over 12 every second. That’s a lot of fish! I did my part in contributing to this number. During my last trip to London, I ordered Fish and Chips for dinner three nights in a row. (My trip was only four nights!)
My favorite Fish & Chips was devoured at The Wellington on The Strand, a quaint pub with original finishes dating back to 1903. I paired my large portion of Fish and Chips with mushy peas with a Shandy because I’m not a big beer drinker. (Harps Lager mixed with Sprite, which cuts the bitterness of beer but still looks and feels like you’re drinking beer in a pub.)
Fish and Chips is classic pub fare but at home, who has time? You have to filet the fish, make the batter, cut the fries and deep fry all of it. Not the quick, easy option I want. Plus, shopping for fresh fish can be a hassle. I’m always a bit skeptical about the freshness of fish which is why I like ordering from World Port Seafood. They source high quality fish in season from around the world and flash-freeze to preserve freshness.
My Seafood Dinner package from World Port Seafood included a 10 piece Pub Style Cod which went straight from the freezer to the oven and was ready in 17 minutes. I flipped them over half way through for a crisper texture. They were all flaky fish meat with a light coating, rather than the heavy batter which can sometimes be all batter and hardly any fish at some pubs.
The Omaha Steaks Steakhouse Fries package also went from frozen to the oven and were ready in 20 minutes. I left them in a bit longer than the packaging suggests as I like my fries extra crispy.
For an authentic look, serve wrapped in newspaper.
A popular side in traditional pubs is mushy peas or garden peas. For ease and convenience, I used canned sweet peas seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon zest and fresh mint. It was flavorful without being heavy. Add butter if you wish for a creamier texture. Next time I will use frozen peas instead as they are not as mushy.
Condiments are important. In chip shops across Great Britain and Ireland, fish and chips are popularly served with tartar sauce, sprinkled with malt vinegar and salt. A lemon wedge and savory curry sauce are popular add ons for more flavor.
To add a bit of zip to store-bought tartar sauce, I finely diced a small pickle and mixed it in.
A Pub is not a pub without beer! Guinness and Harp Lager are popular favorites. Combine the two for a Black and Tan or add a splash of Sprite to Harp Lager for a refreshing Shandy.
For cocktails, traditionally British creations include Pimm’s Cup, Sidecar, and Gin Fizz. If you want an Irish touch, choose your favorite Irish Whiskey concoction.
Non-alcoholic pub style beverages can include ginger ale with a dash of bitters, lime soda with fresh lime and mint, virgin Bloody Mary, or half Sprite and half orange juice, which tastes just like Orangina.
Every party needs good music. For a golden oldies blast from the past, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who will keep you rockin’. Pandora and Spotify both have British Invasion playlists! How about classic British punk sounds of The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols or Irish legends U2? For current British pop tunes to keep the younger ones interested, choose playlists for Coldplay, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Calvin Harris.
Go kitschy and decorate with Union Jack’s, “Stay Calm” posters, and other British icons. I prefer to keep it easy and let the food and drink be the highlights but don’t let me stop you from going full on British!
Why I like World Port Seafood?
Here’s a few reason why I like Omaha Steaks new World Port Seafood line:
- * I get high-quality seafood delivered to my door in a great little cooler which I reuse as often as I can.
- * Buy with confidence. I eliminate the doubt of “fresh” seafood as I don’t have a seafood market nearby and don’t always trust grocery stores.
- * World Port Seafood sources seafood from around the world, getting product in season and freezing it for freshness.
- * Great entrees made by expert chefs which makes cooking seafood much easier
- * Everything is 100% guaranteed
- * Free shipping on every order of $49 or more!
* If you have questions, they have a 24 hour hotline. Cooking seafood can be tricky so it’s great to call an expert on the fly.
World Port Seafood Special Deal:
The package I received includes 1 (18 oz.) Pub-Style Cod package (aprox. 10 pieces), 1 (16 oz.) Omaha Steakhouse® Fries package, (4 count) Marinated Salmon Fillets, 16 oz. Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp, and 2 (12 oz.) Roasted Root Vegetables which turned out to 5 dinners for two. A package is the best way to go for the value and you get to know World Port Seafood.
Click here to see my Marinated Salmon and Root Vegetables dinner! It was so good, fast and easy!
Are you inspired to throw your own British Pub Night Party at home? I hope these easy ideas will inspire you to go Make Someday Happen!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by World Port Seafood in conjunction with a social media campaign. As always, all opinions are my own and I only partner with brands I love and enjoy in hopes to inspire you to go “Make Someday Happen” one delicious bite, sip and trip at a time. Thank you for supporting those who support my mission at GoEpicurista.com For more about my guidelines, read my disclosure policy. Cheers!