Up in the Phoenix area, the restaurant has been making eaters feel like they’ve “hopped across the pond.” Now, their fish and chips, sausage rolls, sticky toffee pudding, and other scrumptious dishes have landed in Tucson.
In a spot that previously housed an Irish pub and a Mexican restaurant, The Union Jack British Pub & Restaurant is opening its doors on Monday, October 17 at 1800 E. University Blvd.
Dr. Sukhi Ghuman, a native of England’s East Midlands region and former resident of Nottingham, opened the first Union Jack restaurant in Scottsdale near the airport. After its 2021 opening, many fell in love with the atmosphere and British fare — so much so that the second location in Mesa came to fruition shortly after.
“At The Union Jack, we pride ourselves on serving up variety. We’re the leader of the pack by emphasizing consistently high-quality delicious food delivering a warm, welcoming environment. Our generous portions are moderately priced. Our casual atmosphere couldn’t be more transporting — it’s like you’re right there in a British pub.”
Shortly after the Mesa location’s debut, Ghuman received several requests to bring the restaurant to Tucson. Ghuman feels that the location near the university is a prime location in order to connect the school’s local and international community.
There’s a lot to choose from on the menu like the Full English Breakfast, which comes with two sausages, two pieces of bacon, two eggs, black and white pudding, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and a piece of toast. Other popular dishes at the two Phoenix locations include the Fish and Chips, Edinburgh Burger, and Shepherd’s Pie — loaded with ground lamb, peas, carrots, onions, and leeks topped with mashed potatoes.
If you’ve still got an appetite after your meal, the Spotted Dick Pudding is awaiting your arrival. The dessert, a steamed pudding served with either ice cream or custard, is a popular British dish that dates back to the mid-19th century.
For fans of imported brews, the pub will have select beers from Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe, and even some domestic choices as well.
The official hours of operation are still to be determined but during its first week they’ll be open from 3 – 11 p.m. on Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday – Friday, 6:45 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday (opening for Premier League Football), and 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday (opening for Premier League Football).
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