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Buchanan Arms

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2013 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506
  (818) 845-0692


11am - 9pm
11am - 9pm
11am - 9pm
11am - 9pm
11am - 10pm
10am - 10pm
10am - 9pm


Buchanan Arms: A British Pub with a Scottish Accent

In its way, Buchanan Arms Family Restaurant is arguably the most authentic British pub and eatery in the Valley. It certainly has persisted over the past 36 years as a quietly cherished favorite of relocated Brits as well as non-Brits with an affinity for the indefinable true British pub mystique. Its devoted cadre of regulars praises everything about it, from its delectably crunchy fish ‘n chips to its unpretentiousness and the friendly humor of its owners and patrons.

Buchanan Arms’ founder Rennie Horn brought his family from Scotland to Southern California in 1963 and worked as a waiter in Beverly Hills’ swankest restaurants for years before opening Buchanan Arms in 1977. His son Ron, the current owner, has worked in the restaurant since he was a boy, learning the job “from the ground up,” he says.

“My dad always said that it was important to make the restaurant and pub like your own living room, where people feel welcome on a personal level,” he says. “He taught us other things, too, like the secret to making really good fish ‘n chips. We use the best cod available, we slice it ourselves, and hand-dip it. The fish ‘n chips, bangers and mashed potatoes, shepherds pie, and draft beers like Smithwicks, Fuller’s ESB, Old Speckled Hen, and Guinness Stout are some of our best sellers.”

Customer feedback reveals considerable affection for the intangible charm of the pub, which Horn describes as “a British pub with a Scottish accent.” It and the dining area are richly decorated British-style but not particularly fancy. Simple wooden chairs and dining tables create an inviting, eminently comfortable ambiance. The easygoing sociability of the staff and customers shine in a setting infused with the tantalizing aromas of British comfort foods and the Horn family’s magical way with a deep fryer, which wins rave reviews for anything fried, be it fish, chicken, potatoes, or zucchini.

In keeping up with an evolving clientele, Horn has expanded the menu to include American favorites like sandwiches, steaks, and some exceptionally tasty specialty salads. There’s live music, usually classic rock, several times a week, TV screens for sports fans, and a store where British foods ranging from favorite sweets and condiments to frozen British-style bacon and other foods are available to take home.

Buchanan Arms is located at 2013 W. Burbank Boulevard in Burbank. For more information, call (818) 845-0692 or visit www.BuchananArms.net.

Buchanan Arms: A British Pub with a Scottish Accent

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