Growling stomachs can hamper stealth operations, spoil belly dances, and, in extreme cases, induce dogs to attack. Quiet whimpering tummy tones with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of English pub fare and pours at The Corner Pug in West Hartford.
The Corner Pug sates echoing tummy caverns with lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus filled to the gills with English-inspired eats. Sit back in the mahogany and leather booths while snacking on starters such as the granny-smith-apple-infused Pug house salad ($3.99+) and main plates such as the grass-fed 12 ounce strip steak, served aside a bundle of asparagus and a pile of garlic mashed potatoes ($24.99). The timeless fish 'n' chips—cold-water fish filet deep fried in bass-ale batter and served atop a mattress of Pug fries ($9.99/lunch, $12.99/dinner)—stands willingly in opposition to the newfangled creation known as the crispy crab cake BLT—a jumbo back-fin crab cake fox-trotting flavorfully in a sourdough roll stuffed with bacon, lettuce, and tomato ($10.99). During moments of parchedness, diners can pair any palate-pleasing plate with a libation from the bar, which boasts 12 beers on tap including a selection of authentic English ales.
It’s considered normal for a restaurant to enter a float or banner in a town parade, but in general, these contributions are all made by humans. Corner Pug breaks this tradition each year during West Hartford’s Park Road Parade, gathering local pugs to march down the street with their owners, each pup dressed to the nines in an attempt to win an award for best costume or most flattering hemline.
This annual spectacle is in keeping with the whimsy that surrounds the pub all year long. Framed photos of pugs brought in by devoted owners line the walls to form a canine shrine, and these pups peer enviously at the endless line-up of thick burgers, organic strip steaks, and English pub classics that parade to tables. In between sips of 20-ounce draft beers, visitors should keep their eyes peeled for sightings of Corner Pug’s mascot—Mac, the pug—whose likeness graces everything from the menu to T-shirts, mugs, and bottles of housemade dressing.
Despite the pub’s jocular ambiance, the kitchen staff takes its job seriously—albeit with a wink and a nod, reportedly employing a macaroni technician to make sure each noodle is standing upright. But Corner Pug’s attention to detail (they even serve the fish ’n’ chips on London newspaper print) has paid off, earning the eatery a perennial spot on the Hartford Advocate’s Best-Of list, as well as a spot on the 2014 Hartford Magazine Best-Of list.
1046 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford, Connecticut 06110Get Directions