One of the most recognized and celebrated beers in England, “Old Speckled Hen” has been brewed since 1979. Originally made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MG car factory in Oxfordshire, it is now enjoyed all over the world—most notably as a great beer for pairing with food.
To highlight the classic flavor of “Old Speckled Hen,” we matched it with the traditional British pub favorite—fish and chips—and took on the task of finding the very best in the country. Over one-hundred pubs across the U.S. participated in our “Old Speckled Hen Fish & Chips Contest,” which began in November of 2017. Each of the hundred pubs submitted their best version of fish and chips, with only one claiming the title of “Best Fish & Chips in the U.S.”
Old Speckled Hen’s Fish and Chips Finalist
Dishes were judged on batter consistency, fish freshness, perfect chip texture and how well the dish complemented “Old Speckled Hen.” Each pub’s entry was ranked on a 110 point scale, with the field of superlative candidates narrowed down to a group of five finalists. The five finalists for this year’s contest were: McCleary’s Pub of Marietta, PA; Red Lion British Pub of Houston, TX; McMullan’s Pub of Las Vegas, NV; The Pub Pembroke of Pembroke Pines, FL; and The Celtic Ray of Punta Gorda, FL.
Once the top five entries had been chosen, we sent our team of talented judges across the country to find the winner. Old Speckled Hen Global Brand Manager Gemma Woolnough and USA Country Manager Lex Rushmore from Greene King visited each of the five finalists to make the final call on who would receive the title of “Best Fish & Chips in the U.S.” To get in the spirit of the event, the finalists decorated their pubs with “Old Speckled Hen” posters, table tents, banners and t-shirts.
Old Speckled Hen’s Best Fish and Chips in the USA Winners
All of the finalists had superb entries, and it was a close call to name the winner. After intense deliberation by the judges, they awarded a tie to their top two entries, declaring McMullan’s Pub of Las Vegas and The Pub Pembroke of Pembroke Pines, FL as the “Best Fish & Chips in the U.S.” You can read more about the winners and their reaction to the news in our press release announcing the contest results.