Posted by Tara Nurin on March 8th, 2013
Replacing bubbly with “bloody,” the Victoria Freehouse officially opens today (after a couple days of unofficial soft-opening) in the former home of Swanky Bubbles in Old City. The second location for the owners of Haddonfield’s The British Chip Shop, the Victoria Freehouse serves traditional English fare for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
And traditional it is. The menu reads like a Monty Python sketch satirizing an SNL skit mocking British, uh, “cuisine”: mushy peas, potted gammon, country fish pie, sherried liver parfait, and with dessert refusing to be upstaged, a blackboard that broadcasts the pudding special of the day. What is that stuff and why do they eat it?
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Posted by Tara Nurin on December 4th, 2012
When it opens next spring in the club formerly known as Swanky Bubbles, The Victoria Freehouse will add an old-school European vibe to Old City with classic British cocktails (shaken, not stirred, we presume) and a beer lineup consisting exclusively of English and English-style draughts–which, coincidentally, are not traditionally very bubbly.
The UK-themed restaurant is being opened by the Brit and the Yankee step-son who operate The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield. The menu’s not posted yet but the pair is billing the Freehouse as an authentic restaurant and bar, and their nascent website shows pics of fried green beans and curried coconut mussels. We take this as an indication that owners are allowing some colonial influences to seep into their offerings–happy news for those diners who prefer options beyond break-your-teeth scones and mushy toad-in-the-hole.
Entrees will range from $10-$30, dress is casual, and if any of the servers act snooty, go ahead and make fun of their teeth.
The Victoria Freehouse [Official]
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