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The Pig and Whistle

2801 Geary (at Wood), 885-4779,

The classic plowman's lunch of fresh bread, a wedge of cheddar, pickled onions, and a pint of ale is considerably supplemented at the Pig and Whistle, a bona fide English pub repotted in Laurel Heights, where hunting bugles decorate the walls, the barkeep knows how to pour a proper Guinness, and the Cornish pasties are just like Mum used to make. Start the day with a delicious, rib-sticking English breakfast of Irish bacon, baked beans, scrambled eggs, crumpets, and black pudding (don't ask), or drop by at lunchtime or after a movie and tuck into a platter of bangers and mash, fish and chips, chicken masala with mango chutney, or an exemplary shepherd's pie, particularly good with that second pint of Newcastle Brown. The Pig and Whistle also offers live folk music, 23 varieties of draft beer, darts and billiards in the back room, a Sunday night trivia contest, and live English football on the telly every Monday at noon.


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