For locals, Printers Alley may be a place you find yourself in the wee hours after more than one or two, usually in a large group. Thanks to Fleet Street Pub, there's now a legitimate reason to visit downtown's faded entertainment strip any time of day, no matter your level of sobriety. Co-owners Glenn Henderson (once a writer for the Nashville Banner
) and Ed Nottingham previously frequented gone-but-not-forgotten Mulligan's Pub, a breath of fresh air and sanity (relative term) among the other Second Avenue venues. Like Mulligan's, Fleet Street is a great place for a relaxing drink and a game of darts. It's hands down the most British venue in town, with tube maps and V for Victory posters on the walls, soccer on the TVs at all times, and beers such as Old Speckled Hen and Fuller's ESB available. With a nod to Nashville tradition, perhaps the signature menu item could be the Hatton Cross Hot Hen - that's a Cornish hen given the hot chicken treatment. Very cheeky indeed. The heat may not be the tear-inducing assault on all your senses like you'll find at Prince's or Bolton's, but it's spicy enough and plenty flavorful. Other menu items include Brit staples such as Welsh rarebit, shepherd's pie and a generous, flaky portion of fish and chips. The fries are excellent, retaining more heat and texture than your average thick cut spud. And if you're feeling particularly wistful for merry old England, you can even get a side of mushy peas - if you're into that sort of thing.
"On pub favorites, Fleet Street vastly exceeds expectations. Shepherd's pie combined finely chopped lamb and vegetables in a thick, nicely spiced gravy, dolloped with with rich whipped potatoes."
- Nicki Wood, Nashville Scene