A reader asked me to visit the Carleton Grange Pub so I did, not only once, but twice in the last week. I took my mom and son last Sunday for lunch, and was surprised to find that they have a special Sunday brunch menu from 10 - 2 pm. It's not a buffet (a refreshing treat), its a special menu with neat choices - all with an English flair - or English fare - to be more specific. The next time I went was for dinner. Both times the food was very good with some unique choices on the menu. What I enjoyed the most was the 16 different beers on tap - and my favorite, Smithwick's, was available. Another thing I enjoyed was that both times I was there they had live music. The Sunday brunch had a jazz duo and the Saturday night dinner featured a blues duo. They were not loud and they made for perfect background music so that you could talk while listening to them.
The decor was very nice with lots of wood, plenty of tables, a long bar with TV screens tuned to sports, a fireplace, and a small game room. It really did look like an english pub inside. On Saturday night we were seated at a table for two in front of the fireplace, very romantic. Both times the waitress was very attentive and the service was fast. Prices are typical, a little more than a burger joint, but not as expensive as a steak house. And that is exactly what this pub is, a nice place to relax that's not fancy, but a lot nicer than your local corner bar.
Their website tells the history of the place and where they got their name, plus they show their entertainment schedule and menu. Take a look yourself at Carleton Grange Pub. There is an outdoor garden patio that really looks inviting - I want to go back in the summer to try it out. Being about a block from the lake, I'm sure it will be a cool place to be on a summer night. The pub is located at 3807 S. Packard Avenue, St. Francis - basically at the end of Packard Avenue, almost where Packard and Lake Drive intersect. Maybe I'll see you there during their happy hour, Tuesdays - Fridays 4 - 6:30pm.