Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 3:33 PM
Saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie this weekend and it made me think about my trip to England and Scotland a few years back. There really is a Baker Street in London and on the street you can now find a recreation of Sherlock Holmes house at 221 B Baker Street. It is a must stop for any Sherlock Holmes fan. Inside you can sit in Holmes study or even meet Dr. Watson himself. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was from Edinburgh, Scotland. When I ventured to Edinburgh, I happened upon the street of his birth, where there is now a pub called the Conan Doyle. Across from the pub there is also a bronze statue of Sherlock Holmes. I ventured in for a pint and gazed at all of the Holmes and Conan Doyle memorabilia.
In case you cannot venture to the UK, there are a number of pubs right here in Houston. However, if you are looking for one with good food, and a nice pub atmosphere, try the Red Lion on Shepherd. The food is a bit expensive, but the prices will have you believing that you really are in London. The food here really is good British fare, and there is a fireplace in the end room which makes it feel cozy and comfortable. All of the traditional British fare is on the menu, such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherds pie. However, the real specialties here are the fusion dishes. The chef goes outside of the realm of traditional fare and makes Tandoori Chicken Enchiladas. I decided to give them a try and they were absolutely incredible! The tandoori sauce was excellent and had just the right amount of heat. You felt the heat build, but it was not so hot as to be uncomfortable. Mozzarella Cheese was used for the enchiladas and melted nicely. Instead of a sour cream sauce, a tzatziki sauce was used. This cooled the heat of the tandoori and was an excellent replacement for a sour cream sauce. Pickled peppers and onions garnished the enchilada. This dish was superb and something worthy of an iron chef creation. The pub also has a good amount of draft beers and a small wine list as well. I enjoyed a Smithwick’s Ale along with my enchiladas. My wife had a Cornish pastie, which is a puff pastry filled with beef and vegetables. The pastry was light and fluffy and the beef was infused with rosemary. It was a nice treat for a cold winter’s day. The Red Lion was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives. So if you go see Sherlock Holmes and find yourself looking for a good pub, try the Red Lion. It’s elementary!