I’m a fan of all things British. I love to indulge in high tea and follow the latest news with the royals. I used to sometimes read bedtime stories to my kids in a British accent just for fun. And in following along with my English, Irish and Scottish roots, I love food from that region – stuff like Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, scones and Scotch eggs. So, when I learned of an authentic English Pub in eastern Indiana, a road trip was inevitable.
So, when we were traveling around Wayne County, Indiana last year and I heard about Norris English Pub in Liberty, I knew we had to visit. The craft brewery opened in 2015, and they brew craft beer along with a changing menu, including an assortment of British goodies. During Lent, they’re offering up fish and chips.
Part of the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail, they make a large number of brews that are rotated, and you’ll find about eight on tap in the pub. I always love to try flights at breweries so I can get a sampling of different varieties. Each one I tried was on the smoother and milder side, which was perfect for my palate. But they also offer a number of hoppier and bitter beers – there’s something for everyone. My husband likes dark stouts and porters, and there was something on tap for him, too.
We arrived too late for dinner, and since the kitchen had already closed for the evening, we got a simple plate of meat, cheese, crackers and nuts, but I would love to revisit and get the full British experience of a chilled pint of ale with some fish and chips.
The place is decorated with an eclectic mix of English memorabilia that makes you feel like you’re way across the pond. There are also games and trivia on England on the tabletops to provide a little entertainment. We were there in chilly weather, but there’s also outdoor seating, and it seems a great place to kick back on a mild evening and practice your British accent.