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‘Dining’

A spot of British ‘Afternoon Tea’ in Las Vegas.

Join the new wave of British pub dining at this wonderful restaurant in the Town Centre. If you want a bargain go to their 3 hour daily Happy Hour. You won’t regret it. Check out their menu and location at www.Englishstownsquare.com 

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As a re-rooted Brit in Las Vegas I am always on the look out for good British food in Las Vegas and I recently discovered a real gem with English’s Pub Restaurant in Town Centre. The food there is several notches better than you think it is going to be! Every item is made from scratch from the highest quality ingredients. Their menu represents the more sophisticated kind of food that is now being served in the better British Pubs. In addition to a great selection of British beers they also serve a delicious English Cream Tea, which is something you rarely see in the average American/British Pub. You can find more details of the establishment at their web site www.Englishstownsquare.com 

The restaurant is beautifully designed and warm and friendly with excellent service. The menu contains many British favorites with an emphasis on the slightly more sophisticated fare that has appeared since England joined the European Union. The restaurant is situated in a nice location in the heart of the always enjoyable Town Centre Square situated at 6599 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Las Vegas. Once you have found it I think you will be visiting it on a fairly regular basis. It has an absolutely fabulous Happy Hour from 3.30-6.30 during the week. We enjoyed four pints of premium British beer (that is the stuff that actually has an alcohol content, four mouth-watering and large appetizers and shared a scrumptious desert. The cost was a very modest $40 dollars for everything. The appetizers consisted of a world class cheese plate with all the trimmings, two chip curries (ah, the delicious Indian Tikka sauce,) and a truly superb chip poutine. The desert was a stunningly good sticky toffee pudding served with hand churned ice cream.

Very often a visit to dine in a British pub involves second hand smoke and a noisy game of football on an oversized TV. There is a simple elegance at English’s that offers a quiet simplicity that leaves you free to discover how good the new wave of British pub restaurants really are. The environment, service, beer and food are all exemplary and the Happy Hour prices unbeatable, go check it out.

Take in a ballgame and enjoy the buffet at Cashman Field

Club level view Cashmam‏n Field

Club level view Cashma‏n Field

It is with a certain degree of reluctance that I write this article. My reluctance stems from wanting to share something my wife Donna Rose and I really enjoy, but if too many people find out, it might change. Hopefully not. What I am talking about is the Club Level Restaurant at the Las Vegas 51s baseball games at Cashman Field.

We love to go to the baseball games and have gone for over 20 years. We would definitely describe ourselves as fans. When we were younger I loved to scarf down a couple of hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, fries. You know, baseball snacks. As the years went by, I slowly lost my enthusiasm for eating all this junk. It’s all hard to digest, and it doesn’t taste the same.

So, the dilemma: love baseball, can’t eat the junk food. It was time to do some stadium exploring. Donna and I wondered around until we came to a sign that said Club Level Restaurant, under which was an ordinary door. We wondered if you had to have reservations. “Maybe it’s just for season tickets holders,” I suggested. “We’ll never find out standing out here,” Donna replied. Well, I thought…I’ve been tossed out of nice places than this. Any journalist worth their salt has been thrown out of nice places. Besides, what if we didn’t get tossed? We might have a decent meal.

We opened the door to a very cozy room of fans. Off to the right is a bar where you can order beer or mixed drinks. To the left is a small but quite nice buffet. There is a soup and salad bar along with a carving station, hot entrees and side dishes. For instance, Donna and I attended a game during the last 51s home stand. That night the buffet had oven roasted turkey breast, pork loin with apple chutney, salmon steak with lemon butter sauce, wild rice and mixed vegetables. The food for the buffet is prepared in the small central kitchen.

The buffet is only $9.95 plus you get an air-conditioned, glass-enclosed seat. Now, my reluctance to let you know about this. This area is part of the original Cashman Field which is now over 30 years old. It is one of those extraordinary places really, truly is Old Las Vegas, even down to the people who work there. Jim LaRocca is now in his 20th season with the 51s. He is the restaurant greeter. Elena Travanti, the cashier, was asked back to work her 12th season. The buffet typically draws 250 people a night. The average stadium attendance is 5,000. You can see it’s a small group.

Friendly Springtime Faces: Jim LaRocca and Elena Travanti will serve you at Cashman Field’s Club Level Restaurant

Friendly Springtime Faces: Jim LaRocca and Elena Travanti will serve you at Cashman Field’s Club Level Restaurant

So next time you take in a ball game, don’t settle for hot dogs and nachos. Go up to the Club Level Restaurant and enjoy a good meal while you watch the game. Just keep it a secret.