A staff-wielding shepherd travels the world, samples its food and drink and returns home to share the best of it with friends. That's the concept behind The Lost Shepherd, a charming English-style pub about a mile west of downtown Powell.

A staff-wielding shepherd travels the world, samples its food and drink and returns home to share the best of it with friends. That's the concept behind The Lost Shepherd, a charming English-style pub about a mile west of downtown Powell.

This hero of husbandry did some fine fieldwork.

First off, he brought back a good number of beers: 12 drafts, 13 American microbrews and 23 imports. Domestic bottles start at $2, drafts at $3 and craft concoctions at $4.

That pack of his had room for food, too.

Lost Shepherd's menu includes interesting appetizers like a BBQ Chicken & Chorizo Sausage Pizza ($9), a selection of entrees like Portuguese Paella ($15) and a burger called the Royale with Cheese ($8).

If you go Wednesday night, be sure to pick up a Beer & Basket special, which is in the running for best bar bite in town. For $5, you get a delicious piece of fried fish, fries, coleslaw and a pint of Smithwick's or Miller Lite.

Whatever you choose, enjoying it is easy in a relaxed interior lined with gray stone and accented by dark hardwood, vintage-looking sconces and sprigs of holly. Designers seemed to understand that you can evoke a nation's charm without littering a space with flags and trinkets.

It's a place you could get used to, and many locals clearly have.

Those coming from Columbus will want to avoid rush-hour traffic along Rt. 315, but this place is definitely worth a drive. There's no better time than this month, with Powell's nearby town square draped in a delightful holiday icing.

On Tap

The Lost Shepherd has an extensive selection of beer from the United States and beyond, including these 12 on tap:

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Blue Moon

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager

Great Lakes Burning River

Guinness

Miller Lite

Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Sam Adams Winter Lager

Smithwick's

Stella Artois

St. Bernardus Abt 12