Neighborhoods value their pubs as a place to socialize, just as they value the ends of their rainbows as a place to find extra parking-meter change. Enjoy camaraderie at close proximity with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of British pub fare at Chequers of Saugatuck.
Named after the official country residence of Great Britain's Prime Minister, Chequers of Saugatuck stays true to its namesake with a menu of authentic English fare. Dive mouth-first into the boxty quesadillas⎯grilled chicken, bacon, tomato, and cheese stuffed into a hot potato pancake ($10) before heading towards the house specialties. The belly-warming shepherd's pie blends ground beef, fresh veggies, and garlic mashed potatoes ($13) for a taste as authentically English as tea steeped in the Thames River, while the fish and chips pairs beer battered cold water filets with French fries and house-made tartar sauce ($16). Bring carnivorous chompers down on the Benedict burger, crowned with ham, Cotswold cheese, and a fried egg ($12), or satisfy vegetarian hankerings with the marinated and grilled Portobello cap sandwich ($10).
Patrons seated in the dark wood-accented dining area can top off meals with homemade desserts such as blueberry white chocolate bread pudding ($7), which holds flower-patterned tablecloths in place. Post-supper, guests can sidle into one of the high-top chairs at the full-length wooden bar to gulp down a brew from the extensive beer selection, or a freshly mixed liquored libation.
Chequers of Saugatuck
Named for the British prime minister’s official country residence, Chequers of Saugatuck pays homage to British culinary traditions with a focused menu of popular Scottish, Welsh, and English pub dishes, along with a few Irish staples for good measure. Shepherd's pie, Guinness stew, and fish ‘n’ chips all make appearances, as do some of Chef Adam Smith's American favorites, including crab-cake sandwiches topped with roasted red-pepper sauce. The bar harbors similarly Anglophile predilections. Taps release pours of Bass ale and Guinness, backed by a generous number of bottled brews from Yorkshire's Samuel Smith and Michigan's Saugatuck Brewing as well as Strongbow cider. Beer and bites pair off in Chequers’ two dining rooms, one modeled after classic pub decor, the other an elegant English tearoom but without the traditional potato guns stuffed with crumpets.