A taste from across the pond

Little London Kitchen offers authentic British food, at their pub or in their iconic double decker bus

by Julia Sayers Gokhale

If you’ve been missing traveling the past year, consider taking the family to London — without having to leave Homewood. You can get the full British experience, double-decker bus included, at Little London Kitchen. What initially started as a roaming food truck, Little London Kitchen now has a brick-and-mortar pub in Homewood called The Little London.

Little London Kitchen’s iconic double decker bus rolls around Birmingham, serving authentic British food to patrons.

Owned by Bea and Matthew Morrissette, Little London Kitchen immediately gained fame around town when their red double-decker bus, named The Duchess, began popping up at breweries and office parks. The couple adopted the vintage bus from Colorado, drove it back to Birmingham, and fixed it up to be a pub on wheels. It launched in 2019.

After six months (and long lines of diners wanting fish and chips and meat pies), the owners made a big announcement: They would be opening a pub in the former Homewood Diner space at 162 Oxmoor Road in West Homewood (map). After several months of renovations, the pub officially opened in August 2020.

Featuring dark wood, comfortable chairs, and rich patterned wallpaper, The Little London feels like a cozy pub in the heart of London. The Duchess is often parked outside the pub (when it’s not around town) for diners to have a secondary seating option. The pub menu includes a full selection of British pub food, while the roaming truck has a limited menu of staple items.

Known, of course, for its fish and chips, Little London’s version features meaty pieces of cod in a light and crispy batter, served with thick-cut chips (fries). Another popular item is the rosemary beef pie, made from beef brisket stewed in a bone broth with vegetables for two hours and then wrapped in puff pastry. It’s comfort food at its best. Both items are readily available at the truck.

The pub’s authentic British food is headlined by the fish and ships, one of their most popular dishes (bottom center of photo).

The expanded pub menu features hearty dishes like cottage pie (ground beef stewed in gravy with carrots and peas, covered with creamy mashed potatoes) and bangers and mash (authentic Cumberland sausage with mashed potatoes). Most dishes include your choice of a side, from options like Yorkshire pudding, red cabbage salad, and pot pie pasta (farfalle pasta in a creamy sauce of chicken stock and thyme with onions, celery, carrots, and peas).

A good vegetarian option that’s also vegan is the vegetable massaman curry served with rice. Curries are popular in British cuisine. You can also try it via the massaman fritters, which are deep fried nuggets bursting with massaman curry.

If you’re not full from all that belly-warming food, dessert includes the choice of white chocolate bread pudding or chocolate whirls (layers of puff pastry and homemade chocolate ganache,

drizzled with caramel). As you dine on authentic food seated inside the warm pub or on the top level of the double-decker bus, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to London!

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