A stately black front trimmed with iron railings and gold lettering greets patrons of The Pub, which sticks out from the open-air Polaris Lifestyle Center in a most peculiar way.

A stately black front trimmed with iron railings and gold lettering greets patrons of The Pub, which sticks out from the open-air Polaris Lifestyle Center in a most peculiar way.

Its message is clear: The British have come, and they've brought their inimitable pub tradition with them. Not some staid, tea-and-crumpets styling, dear blokes, but the kind of bar where Rod Stewart and The Faces could've hung out in their prime.

I'm not one to harp on details of decor. I usually note what's on the walls and move on with my lager. But The Pub will have you taking second glances all over the place.

It's beautiful and grandiose without being stuffy - the result of an attention to detail by a crew who obviously loves to drink, dine and gander.

The bar itself is a hefty, octagonal castle with stained-glass accents, dim sconces, bronze trim and thick wood that's been carefully carved. Black-and-white floor tiles, vintage rock posters and the occasional Union Jack add to the Old World flavor.

Speaking of flavor, there's plenty of that on both the food and drink menus.

Traditional favorites like fish and chips, shepherd's pie and London broil all appear, though American bar-bite cuisine gets its fare share, too. Appetizers range from $8 to $10, with entrees starting at $10.

On the spirits side, The Pub takes great interest in satisfying your thirst and educating you on what you're about to imbibe.

Each table comes equipped with an educational catalog titled The Beverage Bible. Inside, you'll find hilarious quotes about heavy drinking, discussions of liquor types and lists of in-house bottles and drafts.

Like any good British watering hole, there's a hefty bunch of both: more than 20 mostly European drafts and nearly 40 craft bottles from breweries the world over. For ale enthusiasts, The Pub offers rotating cask-conditioned selections poured from a traditional beer engine.

Is there a draft in here?

A British pub without beer? Bollocks! The Pub Polaris keeps true to tradition with a hefty draft selection.

Bass

Belhaven Scottish Ale

Belhaven Twisted Thistle

Boddingtons Pub Ale

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Carlsberg

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Fuller's ESB

Fuller's London Pride

Guinness

Harp Lager

Hoegaarden

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

Leffe Blonde

Monty Python Holy Grail

Newcastle Brown Ale

Old Speckled Hen

Smithwick's

Stella Artois

Strongbow

Tennent's Lager

Tetley's English Ale

Young's Double Chocolate Stout