How does someone like me—who has a soft spot for the Irish Bar—feel about the English Pub? If the beer is cold, and the food is delicious, then bring it on!
Do not be fooled by the naysayers who claim English food and beer is weak and lifeless. Madeleina Cottage English pub and restaurant puts that rumor to shame.
Madeleina Cottage is a lovely spot, sitting right in the middle of the arts and shopping area of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. What makes it more, is it that Madeleina Cottage is only a few steps from the Beach Theater.
In fact, I cannot think of a better afternoon than having a generous helping of fish and chips, down a couple of pints, and take in an early show.
Yes, the beer is cold, and the happy hour specials are a bargain—$1 off wells, drafts and bottled beer; $2 off martinis and $.50 off 10 oz drafts. What sets Madeleina Cottage alone is the fascinating bar food menu. It has a distinctively continental flavor.
Where else can you see something called a "Toad in the Hole?" It is a dish made of Yorkshire pudding with pork sausage, covered with onion gravy. Intriguing!
For those who like something lighter, Madeleina Cottage offers a nice selection of wines, as well as a Cheese platter. You get a choice of three, four or five cheeses with celery, grapes, crackers and mango chutney. There is also a variety of vegetarian dishes. With food offerings like that, you almost forget you are in Florida—but not for long.
As if to remind you that you are still on the beach, Madeleina Cottage has a list of daiquiris and martinis. It may be for those who are a little overwhelmed with the Toad in the Hole.
Madeleina Cottage is available for Sunday breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and they serve both an excellent breakfast and the perfect Sunday morning hangover beverage—a perfect Bloody Mary.
Madeleina Cottage is at 357 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. Currently there is a sign on the door that says they close on Mondays, but are open at 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Call them at (727) 367-1727, or you can see their full menu at madeleinacottage.com.