A straight ahead English Pub in Hollywood.
The Cat and Fiddle is an English Pub. I only say this because it’s not totally obvious walking in. More likely than not, you’re drawn in by the outdoor seating.
It’s only when you go inside, you see the Soccer (Football) Emblems, coat-of-arms, et al.
The menu is straight ahead English Food, which I know doesn’t scream “must have” but it’s a good meal if you want it.
Apparently, there’s a bit of history here. From their website:
In 1982, Paula became pregnant with twins and Kim decided to open a pub in the Hollywood area because there wasn’t one! This same year, the first Cat and Fiddle was opened at 2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd. A few years later, due to overwhelming success, they were forced to move to a larger and more commercial location–6530 Sunset Blvd–and the rest is history…
Sadly, Kim Gardner passed away in 2001, but the Cat and Fiddle remains family-run.
All I can say is, I’ve downed a lot of beers here, and none of them with an ounce of shame or regret. It’s a good place, even if you’ve got to look for it.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: I’ll give them some credit, they are trying to expand their menu past the whole Pub/Bar Food thing, and try to give you something different. But with Tandoori Chicken Skewers and Mediterranean Appetizers, I’m not sure you’re not better served going elsewhere for those.
If I were there right now, I’d have a Beer…and maybe a Scotch Egg, which is a breaded deep friend hard boiled egg wrapped in homemade sausage. After than I’d look at the Guinness, Steak and Mushroom Pie.
Hey, go with what you’re good at.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: It’s actually a nice little spot, not too far from the Arclight or Chan Darae, but you do kinda have to be on the lookout for it. Blink and you might walk right on by.
PARKING: Awful. They don’t have a lot, no Valet Service, and Street Parking?
We’ll get to that.
Truth be told, you’re probably parking down toward the Arclight, in their Garage. That’d be your best and safest bet. You could try parking at Amoeba’s lot, but…I wouldn’t. Too small, and you only get an hour free. Street parking is pretty hopeless, particularly along Sunset. Pair this outing with a movie, and you’re home free.
The Cat and Fiddle
6530 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028