British Isles Restaurants in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico
Albuquerque - Nob Hill
1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE Ste. 50 (Nob Hill)
Albuquerque NM 87110
Albuquerque NM 87110
Everyone’s a little Irish at this friendly place! Bring the kiddies, bring your grandpa—everyone else does (which means it can get a little crowded and noisy, but we love it anyway). The whole joint smells wonderfully like hot cereal and the brewery tanks are visible from the eating area. We recommend the perfect fish and chips paired with a pint o’ the Rye’t Side of Dublin. Sláinte!
Alibi recommends: Shepherd’s Pie, Tiramisu
Vibe: Friendly, open spaced Irish pub
Sun-Thu: 11am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
Deep-frying may well be a Scottish national pastime, pursued with the same extremist zeal as soccer hooliganism and pub patronage. Sink your teeth into one of the breaded and fried items Two Fools Tavern offers and you'll understand why. This British Isles-style pub is the brainchild of successful restaurateur Tom White (Scalo and Il Vicino). Highlights include perfect fish and chips, buckets of beer, scads of Scotches, and Saturday and Sunday brunch with, of course, live Celtic music. They also serve a perfectly rationed hot toddy. Order one in the colder months and sip on it by the fireplace. You won’t be disappointed.
Albuquerque - North Valley
Tues-Wed: 11am,1:30pm,4 pm Thurs-Sat: 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 6:30pm Sun: 11am-1:30pm (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: Lunch
Sure, you’ve had tea before, but have you ever really had tea before? You know, with quaint little scones and clotted cream? Do you even know what clotted cream is? Well, the ladies over at the St. James Tearoom sure do, and they’d love to inform and inspire you with the lost art of proper tea service—the proprietress, Mary Alice Higbie, is a certified tea consultant through the Protocol School of Washington in D.C. (we’re serious). The $44 full afternoon tea includes three pots of different premium loose teas and an elegant three-tiered serving tray that’s loaded with assorted savories and finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, homemade lemon curd and other sweets. For a $7 upgrade you can have a Royal Tea, which includes a glass of Gruet (call for reservations). The Tearoom’s Cherriwyn China Shop carries a lovely selection of tea accessories, too.
Albuquerque - Northeast Heights
3301 Juan Tabo Blvd NE (Northeast Heights) (Northeast Heights)
Sun-Thu 11am-midnight Fri 11am-1am Sat 10am-1am (hours can change without notice)
$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
O'Niell's is comforting, a little cheeky and unapologetically Irish-American. The Juan Tabo location offers a gigantic patio and more floor space, but still features old favorites like the Burger in Paradise and fish and chips. And there’s plenty of live music at both locations. Build-your-own Mimosas make O’Niell’s a unique place to brunch.
Albuquerque - Upper Nob Hill
Mon-Thu: 11am-midnight Fri: 11am-1am Sat: 10am-1am Sun: 10am-midnight (hours can change without notice)
$$ • Vegetarian Available • Gluten-free available • Booze Served • Full Bar • Craft Beer • Wine • Take Out / To-Go • Live Music • Outdoor Patio
O'Niell's is comforting, a little cheeky and unapologetically Irish-American. The menu features favorites like the Burger in Paradise and fish and chips, and there’s a children’s menu to satisfy the little ones. The huge, enclosed dog-friendly patio is gorgeous, with enough space for boisterous tables of in-laws and extra kids to sit comfortably, and of course beer on tap to help the experience go down smoothly.
Rio Rancho - Rio Rancho
3755 Southern Blvd SE (Rio Rancho)
Rio Rancho NM 87124
Rio Rancho NM 87124
From the same folks behind Turtle Mountain, Fat Squirrel is an English-style pub and full-service restaurant in the heart of Rio Rancho. Featuring beyond-flavorful American fare and some traditional favorites from across the pond (corned beef 'n' cabbage year-round anyone?), Fat Squirrel's menu is as vast as its extensive wine and beer selection. The intensely juicy burger, which you can customize to your liking, is one of the best in town. Generous portions and reasonable prices, too.