There's no need to hop the pond in order to enjoy an evening steeped in British food and culture. Simply take our recommendation and enjoy an Anglo-inspired evening that begins with dinner at The Scottish Arms and ends with The Who's Tommy at The Stray Dog Theatre.
The Scottish Arms offers up a quintessential pub experience, complete with dark wood, draught beer, an extensive whiskey (may we recommend The Red Breast, neat?) and scotch selection, plus live soccer broadcast in the bar area.
In the dining room, the bar's comfortable, welcoming ambiance is extended. As a starter, a favorite are the Scotch eggs. A novelty here, they are standard in Scottish pubs and worth trying. Lovely hard boiled eggs are encased with sausage and then deep fried to a golden brown. Trust us: After you try them, you'll likely not want to share!
You may want to split a starter, however, if you've ordered the shepherd's pie, which is the best thing on the dinner menu. Seriously, you don't want to leave any of this behind. Savory, herbal ground lamb, carrots, turnips and parsnips are crowned with creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes and baked in a cast-iron skillet and served piping hot.
After dinner, you'll find yourself mesmerized by the The Who's classic rock opera. It's a story that continues to appeal to the generation for which it was written and speak to new generations who are discovering the message and the music for the first time.
The Scottish Arms, 8 S. Sarah St., Central West End, 314.353.0551, thescottisharms.com
The Who's Tommy, Stray Dog Theatre, through Oct. 22, Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave., 314.865.1995, straydogtheatre.org
Amy Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.