All is right in the pub world again with the heroic return of a pub concept, opening in Dallas' Mockingbird Station.
The Londoner, the Dallas-based British pub, will open a new location at 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln. #250, AKA the space previously occupied by longtime Mockingbird Station staple Trinity Hall Pub, which closed in 2021.
Operations manager Charlotte Tate confirms that the pub is opening, with a target date of September, pending any permit delays.
The audience for a pub in that space was clearly established: Trinity Hall had been there for 20 years. It was only because the lease had come to an end that Trinity Hall owner Marius Donnelly decided to leave. (He's currently consulting for Gillespie's Tavern in Richardson.)
Tate says they hope to continue the tradition.
"We lived in East Dallas for many years and remember Mockingbird Station being built," Tate says. "Trinity Hall was a pub where you felt a sense of community, that closure left a void and while we know we could never replace it, we will offer a beautiful pub with delicious food and drinks, that is a place anyone can feel at home."
Isn't that cool of her to say.
The Londoner was founded by her father, London native Barry Tate, who began his hospitality career in London with a crepe and wine bar, before coming to the U.S. and opening his first Londoner in 1990. Over the years, he's opened locations in Frisco, Allen, Uptown, Greenville Avenue, and even Baton Rouge, Louisiana; there are currently locations in Colleyville and Addison.
The menu has classics like fish & chips but in recent years has added what Charlotte calls "more upmarket" entrees as well as introducing a seasonal menu.
There's a bounty of shareable starters including Scotch eggs, chips & salsa, hummus & pita, wings, cheesy Hampton fries topped with aged white cheddar, a cheese board, and “Rusty nuts,” like fritters containing potato, bacon, jalapeño, onion, and cheese, rolled in bread crumbs and fried.
Salads include a Caesar, mixed greens with blue cheese & candied pecans, and an avocado salad; and sandwiches include Buffalo chicken, Reuben, Guinness cheesesteak, grilled cheese, and their Waldorf chicken salad on a croissant.
Entrees include fish & chips with choice of cod or haddock, bangers & mash, steak & ale pie, lamb shank, chicken tikka masala, mac & cheese with chicken, and “cottage pie,” their version of shepherd’s pie with ground beef, peas & carrots under mashed potatoes.
They generally have about two dozen beers on tap, as well as cocktails; you can enjoy a Boddington's on tap, an old-fashioned, or a flight around Scotland.
With The Londoner, you can always count on proper pub atmosphere with dark wood beams, art, and mirrors, sometimes imported from the U.K. The space at Mockingbird Station comes equipped with the current top asset: a huge outdoor patio space.
Amenities include darts, games, and numerous HD TVs for what many pub fans love: catching their favorite match, be it soccer, rugby, or cricket, or other international sports games which fans of sports enjoy following.