Chef Brendan Collins is ready to debut his latest LA offering, a casual British pub at the Original Farmers Market called, aptly enough, Market Tavern. The mellow spot opens next week for pints, fish and chips, a pub burger, and Collins’ beloved Sunday roasts.
While under better circumstances diners and drinkers would be able to congregate inside and hang out on leather bar stools, the current setup still allows for a fair bit of distanced patio dining, as the large space features an open-air setup at the outer edge of the historic marketplace.
Luckily the menu can still be pulled together easily despite the pandemic, with options as classic as British shepherd’s pie and and bangers and mash, though the former will have an animal-free Beyond Meat alternative to suit today’s tastes. There will also be a return to Collins’ Sunday roasts, a traditional Brit feast that he gained acclaim for at his now-closed Hollywood restaurant Birch. The opening menus are below.
Collins most recently opened Santa Monica’s hip new Fia in Santa Monica, and for this project has partnered with Gary Twinn, a longstanding manager at the Original Farmers Market’s Bar 326 and E.B.’s Beer & Wine. Twinn spent years in the UK as a touring musician before getting into restaurants in Los Angeles, including the Market Tavern space which spent years as a Johnny Rockets but was last in use in 2015 as a beer garden.
The new Market Tavern opens to the world next week, and will keep daily hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the roast running Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. A weekday happy hour runs 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and there are plans for a late night happy hour happening post-10 p.m. in the future.