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Four Traditional Pubs and the Bohemian Absinthe Bar

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Serving draft ales, wine, and champagne, hot buttered rum, Irish coffee, hot spiced mead, hot mulled wine, and hot toddies, as well as sodas and other cold drinks.

  • The Leather Bottle in Jingle's Gate
  • The Prince Edward Pub in Pickwick Place
  • The Mermaid Inn in Cratchit's Yard
  • The Bohemian Absinthe Bar in Fagin's Alley
  • Mad Sal's Dockside Inn in Ale House Alley

Bring your appetite when you visit The Great Dickens Christmas Fair - there is ever so much to eat and drink!

Feast on delicious foods from the British Empire and beyond, from scrumptious savories to tempting hand-crafted sweets. Then visit one of our 5 traditional pubs to enjoy draft ales, wine, and champagne, or wrap your hands around a Hot Buttered Rum, Irish coffee, or Hot Toddy. Or, enjoy a traditional English High Tea with Scones and little sandwiches - anytime is teatime in Britain!

Our fine food purveyors and their menus include:

Cinnamon Crunch Almonds Cinnamon Crunch Almonds (Valerie Taylor) Glazed and roasted before you, these sweet nuts are habit-forming!

 

Acropolis Greek Food Acropolis Greek Food (Ted & Glynnis Papageorgacopoulos) Egg Lemon soup, Gyros, Chicken Pitas, Falafel Pita, Athenina Pita (salad in a pita), Greek salad, Spanakopita (spinach pie), Tyropita (cheese pie), Kalamata olives, Moussaka plate, Dolmas, and Piroshki. Also Baklava and delicious ice cream desserts and floats.

 

HMS Fish and Chips HMS Fish & Chips (Art & Cookie Napala) Traditional English fish and chips, oysters, and calamari, as well as hot New England Clam Chowder.

 

The Tippling Toad

The Tippling Toad (Patrick Morris) Delicious full meals, including turkey, duck, and chicken platters, with all the sides and extras. A Christmas favorite. Don't forget the pumpkin pie!

A private dining parlour (shown at left) may be reserved for a special sit-down feast. There are two seatings a day, at 2:00 and 4:00; included in the reservation is a ticket for the French Postcards Review. Advance reservations are recommended, and can be made either at the counter or in advance by emailing thetipplingtoad@gmail.com.

 

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Daybreak Crepes/Roast Beef (David Day) Crepes both savory & sweet; Roast Beef Platter w/mashed potatoes, gravy & steamed green beans; Roast Beef Sandwich; Roast Beef Stew in a Bread Bowl; Yorkshire Pudding; Bread Pudding; Espresso, Latte, Mocha, Cappuccino

 

Maclaren's Cookies and Milk

Maclaren's Cookies & Milk (Andrew Patterson) Fresh-baked warm Cookies and Ice Cold Milk. A holiday favorite!

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Triple Chocolate Cookies
  • White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • Ice Cold 2% Milk

 

Mr. Barker's Bangers

Mr. Barker's Bangers (Valerie Taylor) Banger sausages (mild and hot & spicy) with grilled onions or sauerkraut, smoked bratwurst sausages, bangers and mash plates, as well as gourmet French onion soup and iced tea.

 

Heritage Meat Pies

Heritage Meat Pies (Marlene Haggard) Traditional steak, chicken, and sausage pies; Shepherd and Cottage pies, Cornish pasties; and Scones with strawberries and cream.

 

Fresh Popped Popcorn

Fresh Popped Popcorn (Andrew Patterson) Fresh hot, buttered popcorn served all day in front of the Victoria & Albert Theatre.

 

Mr. Punch's Pasta

Mr. Punch's Pasta (Andrew Patterson) A favorite of children of all ages!

  • Farfalle (Bowtie) Pasta with Marinara Sauce
  • Farfalle (Bowtie) Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Meatballs
  • Farfalle (Bowtie) Pasta with Butter
  • Meatball Sandwich with Marinara Sauce and Mozzarella
  • Fresh Garden Salad with Cucumber, Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, and Ranch or Italian
  • Dressing
  • Side of Meatballs
  • Garlic Sourdough Bread

 

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Mr. Brown's Fine Coffee and Tea (Jeremy & Kristi McMaster) offers refreshing hot beverages and sweet treats:

  • Artisan roasted coffee,Turkish coffee,Chai made from scratch, hot cocoa, organic tea
  • Restorative citrus fruit soup
  • Apple/cheese/croissant plate
  • Gingerbread boy cookies, florentines, iced eggnog cookies, Christmas tree cookies, shortbread cookies, chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies, brownies, midnight petit cakes,  iced gingerbread bread, low-fat cran-orange bread, and croissants

We also offer wheat and/or gluten-free options:

  • Wheat-free morning glory muffins
  • Gluten-free/vegan brownies
  • Gluten-free/vegan peppermint chocolate chip cookies
  • Gluten-free/vegan lemon lavender cookies

 

Cuthbert's Tea Shoppe

Cuthbert's Tea Shoppe (Sue Honor) is the place where visitors to the Dickens Christmas Fair can come and enjoy a nice pot of tea, scones, tea sandwiches, and delightful desserts in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Victorian London.

Patrons do not need reservations, but without a reservation there is a possibility that we may not have space available due to our Shoppe's popularity, especially for our 4 p.m. High Tea service.

To make a reservation online, please visit www.cuthbertsteashoppe.com. Reservations can also be made directly at Cuthbert's at the Fair by checking with the hostess to see if there is space available.

In addition to tea, our menu includes Tea Sandwiches, brownies, gingerbread, rum cake, Devon puffs, plum pudding, English sticky toffee pudding, shortbread, trifle, fruit cup, gingersnaps, tarts, and macaroons. Gluten-free and/or vegan options available of most items!

 

Bramosia Fine Chocolates & Candies

Bramosia Fine Chocolates & Candies (Paul Schneider) Fine hand-made artisan chocolates and candies including luscious truffles, creamy caramels, buttery toffee, and rich rocky road with fresh made marshmallows. By the piece or by the box!

All of our delicious chocolates are gluten, soy, and GMO free. We have three vegan/dairy-free options. The chocolate is fair trade certified.

 

The Chestnut Cart The Chestnut Cart (Jonah Nickolds) Roasted organic chestnuts, served hot in traditional paper cones. Delicious and nutritious - helps to stave off scurvy!

 

2 English Ladies

Two English Ladies (Bob Holdstock) A mother-daughter team born right here in England, specializing in traditional cream tea products. We make and sell lemon curd, orange, lime and apple cinnamon curd, traditional scone mixes, shortbread, royal cream (our version of clotted cream) and two specialty teas. Take home everything you will need for an authentic English Cream Tea to have with family and friends; everything is made according to original English recipes.

 

London’s Finest Cakes & Puddings London’s Finest Cakes & Puddings (Kristen and Dean Scott) All of our cakes are made from scratch and are perfect for serving at your next holiday meal or giving as gifts to friends. We use only the finest ingredients to create tasty, mouth-watering cakes such as Rum Cake, Irish Whisky Cake, Scottish Whisky Cake, Lemon Tea Cake, and the celebrated English Christmas Pudding!

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