Fourpenny House

Opened in April 2018, the 2250 square-foot Fourpenny House is a Scottish pub and restaurant. Restaurateur Peter Soutowood has lived in La Mesa for 14 years. He believes “the village has the perfect urban-plan design for a place like Fourpenny House. It is in an ideal walkable community that is up-and-coming and a new hot spot for the San Diego culinary scene.”

The pub not only makes its own beer, but its own bread, using the grains from the beer. The vibe is “rustic.” There’s a big table in the back, and much of the decor features reclaimed items. The menu features clever California variations on what might be considered proper pub fare. For me, the highlight is the Scotch Egg: A soft-boiled egg wrapped in sausage before being breaded and deep-fried. It’s served with mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Yum! Vegetarians who want some spice out of life will enjoy the curry roasted cauliflower with a yogurt sauce and mango ginger chutney on the side.

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