Monday, March 11, 2013

The Pig 'N' Whistle English Pub

We decided to go on an adventure this weekend after hearing about an English Pub. (The Mom is always craving English/Australian food) so off we went. It is called the Pig 'n' Whistle Pub and is in Hardy, Arkansas. It's about an hour and half from where we live and we had  a really nice drive through the Ozarks to reach it. Hardy is a small town with a resident population of about 800 but it is on the Spring River so during summer is a very popular holiday place. Many people have holiday homes built along the river. For the rest of the year though it is pretty much deserted.  The couple who opened the pub are Phillip & Rebecca Ashcroft - he is English and she is originally from Hardy but they met while they both worked on a Disney Cruise Ship. Phillip told Mom he had also lived in Sydney for a year and he LOVED it there.

Mom and Dad had lunch there - Dad had 'Bangers and Mash' (a type of English breakfast sausage) and Mom had a 'Cornish Pasty'. Mom ate quite of bit of Dad's 'bangers' too !  Can you believe they didn't save us any! Mom was super super happy too as they sell some British 'stuff' at the pub and she was able to get a new "brown betty teapot" (dad broke the handle on her old one). And see the little Mini - that is always parked in front of the pub - it a 1977 mini - made in England and then sold in New Zealand. It came to the USA in 2000 and was converted to left hand drive. 

After lunch we went and looked around all the antique trash/treasure stores (there are a lot of them in Hardy although they are only open during spring, summer and fall). Mom was hoping they might find some train stuff - only one store had some and sadly it was the wrong scale but she did find one thing for the Dad - we will show it later in the week. Hope you all had a great weekend too.


  1. Oh our mom loves trash to treasures stores, and mini's...she had a little blue one when she lived in germany...she wishes she could have brought it here but something about safety
    stella rose

  2. Wow a real English Pub, you needs to find one for the train layout, hope you got something to chow on during the trip that was good!

    Your Pals
    Susie & Bites

  3. Sounds like they had a great time.

  4. Gosh the English pub gets everywhere. Feeling mighty peckish now. love the Mini. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. OMD...A PUB!!!!! Dat is too cool, I wish we had a pub. We has plenty of bars but no pub. Believe me, pubs is way different than a bar. Don't ask me hows I knows dis...hehehe.


  6. Oh we Beaglebratz totally agree with Susie & Bites - Blogville Junior needz an English Pub - our mom haz bin tue a few when she wuz in England many yearz ago an'lovez a good pasty.
    Shiloh'n Diva Shasta

  7. Seems a strange place to find an English pub, but SHE knows what it's like hankering after something.

    SHE had a Mini--Cooper S--that SHE blew up by putting too much oil in! SHE had an Irish Wolfhound and a Deerhound at the time and they all fit.

    Sounds like a great day out.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Now, is this a real gift for Dad or another train-type gift?

  8. :-D Oh man, we love a good pub (and most are pup friendly, woohoo)! It definitely reminds Domeek and her family of good British numminess! We have one in Half Moon Bay that is called Camerons...delicious (and they sell Cider (and not that nasty pear stuff))!! Glad that you all had a fabulous time!!

  9. We love treasure stores, Fish n Chips and I'm so having that Mini :) Your UK buddies who are knee deep in snow today xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  10. Sounds wonderful! Good food, good people, perfect combo.

  11. You are having a serious case of nostalgia LOL. I love my bangers and mash. My waistline does not.

    I was horrified to hear that you'd been in the hospital A YEAR! Thank goodness you're out and happily building train sets and towns :)

  12. Sounds like a really fun adventure! I am so glad your parents found an English Pub with wonderful food and company!

    Your pal, Pip

  13. Sure sounds like a cool place
    Benny & Lily

  14. Cornish pasties are quite good. I always like a ploughmans lunch.

  15. Oh great, now you made my dad want "real fish and chips". Maybe he'll bring a little home:)

  16. What a cool place to go for some non-American foodables! Thanks for sharing! Mom says she just Luv's to find interesting places to eat and shop at :)

    Waggin at ya,

  17. It sounds like your mom and dad had a wonderful time! Bummer about not getting a treat bag.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  18. My mom loves mini and she loves English foods too. she said she once had a really wonderful fish and chips in Sydney many many donkey years ago.



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