44 Stone Public House
It turns out divulging their weight to the world may have been a good thing for Mark Sulltrop and Dave Faron, owners of 44 Stone Public House in Columbia. The casual yet classy gastropub is named after Mark and Dave’s combined weight—in stone. This nod to Britain is just the start at 44 Stone, which has one foot in the British pub scene and another in high-end dining. No pub is complete without beer, and the beer offerings at 44 Stone prove impressive. Look at the wall-sized chalkboard listing the roughly 70 beers available. Brews from Scotland and England to Ireland and Colorado make the list. The chalkboard continues with a wide variety of American and Irish Whiskey and Single Malt Scotch. The menu is a pleasant mix of British favorites and creative specials that change daily. The Welsh rarebit is true de-light—toasted pretzel bread smothered in a white cheddar ale sauce and served with caramelized onions and fresh thyme. For dinner, try the Fish ’n’ Chips, perfectly battered wild North Atlantic Haddock served with hand-cut fries and house-made ketchup. Or, dig into a spin on the classic bangers and mash with a “Bangers & Mash” pasty, a pork and apple sausage meat pie with golden flaky crust on top of mushy pea puree. Also authentic is 44 Stone’s tribute to Indian food, a lesser known staple of British cuisine. Order the vegetable curry or tandoori chicken sandwich. The Irish cream bread pudding with toffee sauce is sweet with a hint of saltiness giving a perfect finish to the ultimate British meal.