Life is full of surprises: who knew you couldget a fabulous filet mignon at The BritishOpen Pub? Best known for serving fish andchips and other pub fare in a golf-friendlyatmosphere, The British Open Pub on HiltonHead Island also does a stand out steak aupoivre. This Angus beef creation is thanks toChef Bruno Etchart, who trained in Frenchcooking for more than a decade. Peppercorns,kosher salt, unsalted butter, brandy anda touch of whipping cream give the sauce itsflavor and a bit of heat. It's a perfect complementto the tender, high quality beef. Thesteak is served with mashed potatoes withgravy and julienne yellow squash, zucchiniand carrots. The vegetables are steamed andlightly dressed with fresh herb-infused butteranother nod to Chef Bruno's French influences.This steak dinner pairs well with a glassof Row Eleven Pinot Noir ($9).
A popular gathering spot for golfers andsports fans, The British Open Pub has been alocals' and visitors' favorite for 11 years at theVillage at Wexford. A second location is alsoopen to the public at the Okatie Creek GolfClub in Sun City.
The restaurants' signature dish is the St.Andrews authentic fish and chips. The freshcod loins are dipped in lager batter, then friedgolden brown. Other crowd pleasers are thelobster roll and lobster salad, both made withfresh, bite-size chunks of cool lobster mixedwith a bit of mayo and a touch of homemadespicy remoulade.
For dessert, Brits and Americans alike arewowed by British Open Pub's homemadebread pudding ($5.79), a deep dish breadpudding made with a touch of rum anddrizzled with bourbon sauce. This generousdessert is served warm with a tower of freshlywhipped cream.
The Hayes family is featuring Oktoberfestthrough the end of the month. Enjoy a heartyautumn lunch or dinner of knockwurst, bratwurst,sauerkraut and German potato salad.The generous meal ($13.99) comes with applestrudel and ice cream for dessert. Knockwurstis a short, plump beef sausage originatingfrom the Holstein region in Germany. Seasonedwith herbs and fresh garlic, it's smokedover oak wood. Bratwurst, a longer pork andveal sausage, is grilled. The sauerkraut (pickledcabbage) and German potato salad areboth served warm.
German Spaten Lager is an excellent complementto this meal. Both locations, in TheVillage at Wexford and in Sun City HiltonHead, specialize in ales, single malt scotch,cider and other imported beers.