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New offerings at British Open Pub heat up winter

In restaurant circles in the world's food "hotspots," lamb is in vogue. Here on Hilton HeadIsland, the British Open Pub recently added arack of lamb entree to its dinner menu, and thefragrant, flavorful dish is the perfect choice ona winter afternoon.

Chef Bruno Etchart, originally from Bordeaux,France, cuts a rack of lamb into five lollipopchops in a pretty presentation that's easy toeat; the bone acts as a built-in handle. Beneaththe seared crust, the meat is pink and succulent.

Lamb is a national obsession in Australiaand New Zealand, and the British Open Pubuses only high quality, fresh, range-reared NewZealand lamb. The meal comes with handmademashed potatoes and gravy, and julienne carrots,yellow squash and green beans dustedwith parsley.

A good wine to accompany this dinner is theRodney Strong "Russian River" Pinot Noir, fromCalifornia.

For a lighter meal or appetizer, the BritishOpen Pub's new twist on the "Pub Wellington"is a sure bet. From the starter menu, it's shavedprime rib, caramelized onions, sautèed mushroomsand blue cheese rolled in puff pastryand baked.

This fun dish is served with a natural demiglace sauce made from beef stock. Chef Brunocuts the pastry into slices for an open-facedpresentation.

The family-friendly pub-style restaurants inVillage at Wexford and Sun City Hilton Headfeature authentic English food, American favoritesand certified angus beef.

Nightly specials include prime rib onWednesdays, live Maine lobster on Thursdaysand fish and chips on Fridays. Diners raveabout the British Open Pub's lobster roll, andladies are happy that the restaurants now offera lobster salad as well.

The British Open Pub won the Island PacketReader's Choice award for "Best Bar & Tavern"in 2008 and 2010 (not coincidentally, Chef Brunohas worked there for more than two years).A favorite gathering spot of golfers and sportsfans, the Wexford location has been a locals'and visitors' favorite for 12 years.

The bar specializes in ales and single maltscotches from England, Ireland and Scotland.The Sun City location, which has live music onweekends, is extremely popular.

Patrons at both locations of The British OpenPub enjoy the many autographed photos andgolf-related memorabilia collected and displayedby the Hayes family. Children especiallyare entertained by the private flat panel TVs inthe booths.