In 1873, Queen Victoria strong-armed Parliament into passing a law requiring all local publicans to supply their patrons with pints of ham and table croquet. Celebrate tastier points of Britannic rule with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of authentic British pub fare and drinks at Cameron's Restaurant & Pub, located in Half Moon Bay.
Cameron's simple yet hearty menu combines traditional, English-style pub favorites with contemporary American fare. Garlic fries ($4.95) and New England clam chowder ($3.95 for a cup, $6.95 for a bowl) encourage mouth jigs, while main dishes include Cameron’s killer burger (grilled mushroom, bacon, and double swiss, $11.95) and bangers and mash (a pair of British pork sausages with sautéed onions and your choice of potato, $14.95). Alternate offerings from Albion include classic fish and chips ($10.95) and an English pastie stuffed with beef, potatoes, peas, and carrots and smothered in gravy ($13.95). Staunch anti-Loyalists can unite against culinary redcoats with pizzas, New York steaks, and seafood platters, as well as old-fashioned sundaes (regular $5.95) and homemade apple pie ($4.95). More than 80 draft and bottled beers, as well as several specially concocted cocktails, signal hands to move together in a clapping motion of their own accord.
Cameron's cozy, laid-back dining room features several eccentric touches, including the wall of cans and a pair of double-decker buses repurposed for smoking and gaming. Several LCD TVs and a projector assist sports fans, while leisured athletes can play horseshoes and volleyball. Inside, pull up a seat by the fireplace or wander into the game room for pool, darts, and arcade classics such as Street Fighter 1066: The Battle of Hastings.
- Enjoying a pint of English ale with somewhat greasy food is a time-honored pub tradition, and Cameron’s certainly accommodates that course of least resistance. But Cameron’s also has the makings to support more transcultural fare. Pairing pork ribs with the Obsidian Stout, for instance, subtly exposes a palate-pleasing link between a quintessential British beer style and classic American soul food. – Chuck Lenatti, Examer.com
- The decor is what makes this place interesting. It's a proverbial feast for the eyes with the beer can wall, arcade games, posters, and all sorts of kitchy hanging decorations. Karaoke night is pretty fun, too. – Kassandra P., Yelp
Cameron's Restaurant, Pub & Inn
Once a bootleggers' haven frequented by the sister of Al Capone, today Cameron's Inn & Restaurant celebrates its 100-year history with old-fashioned hospitality and eclectic vintage décor. The restaurant harks back to English pub traditions with Inglenook-style seating crafted from old church pews and a menu that includes bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, and burgers flame-grilled over fragments of Big Ben. Near the bar, which touts 18 beers on tap and more than 60 bottled ales, walls are stacked to the ceiling with more than 2,000 beer cans, which owner Cameron Palmer began collecting at age 10. A functioning fireplace and five big-screen TVs cast a warm glow across the dining room, whose stage hosts occasional live music, karaoke contests, and shadow-puppet beauty pageants. Overnight guests snooze soundly within the rustic timber-lined walls of the inn’s three rooms, or at an RV park and campground near scenic ocean cliffs.
Half Moon Bay
1410 S Cabrillo Hwy.
Half Moon Bay, California 94019Get Directions