Los Angeles earns a new British-style pub hangout today, with the announcement that The Stalking Horse is ready to ride along Pico Boulevard next week. The newcomer marks one of the first of many projects to come for the Artisanal Brewers Collective, a group of well-heeled business and craft beer types (including Tony Yanow, former Golden Road Brewing co-founder) that have been on a purchasing spree across Los Angeles of late.
The Stalking Horse takes over where the former Steingarten LA left off, carving away the German beer hall vibes of a decade ago for a dark, classic British pub feel. Not unlike Hollywood’s newish Electric Owl, this space presents big brassy fixtures, loads of glass, and throwback stools lining the wraparound bar. The ceiling is black, the walls are a wide green tartan, and a long back dining room provides booths and four-tops all the way to the end. A fully open-air patio at the far end holds communal tables and plenty of hanging plants. Kris Keith of Spacecraft designed the restaurant.
Perhaps most interesting is the glass-wrapped brewing system right up in the front of the room. Yanow and new head brewer Brandon Edwards (Pizza Port, Columbus Brewing) have put together a seven-barrel system for making their own brews on site, including plenty of English-style beers to fit the aesthetic. There will also be multiple rotating local and guest taps to choose from, as well as a full bar lineup — with scotch and Irish whiskey, of course.
Food comes by way of Trevor Faris, who is overseeing the restaurant side of all the ABC projects. There will be savory pies, traditional dishes like Welsh rarebit and Yorkshire pudding, and more all-around fare like salads and a beef cheek bourguignon.
The Stalking Horse opens for business on Tuesday, September 5, with dinner hours only to start. That means 5 p.m., though lunch will begin later in September as well.
The Stalking Horse
10543 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA