- 1. The Pie Store, Montclair, NJ
The modern renaissance of British traditional cooking has yet to appear in New Jersey, even as Gordon Ramsey crosses the Hudson to scream at a few Jersey restaurant owners and Jamie Oliver lobbies for healthier American school lunches. New Jersey sorely needs a “gastropub” serving modern British food.
You can find fish and chips, and tea and scones in the Garden State. The The Pie Store in Montclair is a great source for savory pies. Milford’s Ship Inn claims to be the first “brewpub in New Jersey to brew beer since prohibition.” Sussex County’s Salt calls itself New Jersey’s first “Gastropub.” There must be others. Not the more common Irish pubs, but British restaurants serving English, Welsh and Scottish fare. Where do you find New Jersey’s best Roast beef and Yorkshire Pudding, Bubble and Squeak, Bangers and Mash, Haggis, Scotch Eggs or Sticky Toffee Pudding?