Taste of Bethesda
Lunch in Reston

Royal Mile Pub

I don't know how it happened, but the other day, Amy and I found ourselves in Wheaton. In Wheaton, I'm totally out of my element -- I mean, it's probably a whole 10 minute drive from DC. Seriously though, I don't get to Wheaton much. But, I could recall the Royal Mile Pub, a Scottish pub with some pretty interesting food that some good friends of ours first introduced us to a few years ago and we've returned to a few times since.

It had been a while since we last visited, but the dining room was just as I remembered it - kind of gloomy and dimly lit while some regulars sat at the bar having lunch and watching football. I don't believe I've ever been to the Royal Mile when there was a wait and this time was no exception for we had our pick of tables. Scottish tartans hang from just about every wall.

The Royal Mile is the only restaurant that I know of in the area with a Scotch list, and quite an extensive one at that. Where else are you going to get your Glenfarclas fix. I don't know anywhere else. On Thursday nights, the Royal mile offers a Single Malt Tasting Menu. The beer list isn't quite as extensive but you'll find a few Scottish Ales that you probably wouldn't typically find elsewhere.

If you've ever been to a restaurant with Celtic food, then you know that the food tends to be on the heavier side so order wisely. Unless you're really hungry, don't go ordering both a huge appetizer and entree. Take it easy. Share a course with a friend.

For dinner, my favorites so far are the beer-battered fish and chips or the beef and Guinness Pie. Both are pretty heavy but pleasing guilty pleasures of mine. I can't honestly say that I've ever had anything bad at the Royal Mile, but keep in mind that I'm no Celtic food expert by any means. I have yet to be brave  enough to try the haggis.

The other day for lunch, we had the Welsh Rarebit as an appetizer, which Amy loves and I'm a bit less enthusiastic about. Welsh Rarebit is basically toast topped with a blend of cheeses, beer, mustard, and tomatoes...oh, and throw a little heavy cream into that cheese mixture as well. The corned beef reuben that I ordered (which the Royal Mile calls the "Wandering Willie") was as good as any other reuben that I've ever had with lean beef, some great sauerkraut, and creamy swiss. Prices are pretty reasonable and wont break the bank. Our lunch was a little over $20 for both of us.

I should also point out that the Royal Mile has free WiFi, not that I generally take my computer around with us and test to see that restaurants have WiFi, but if you're looking for a place to hang out and do a little work while eating a slow meal, you might want to consider the Royal Mile.

Royal Mile Pub
2407 Price Avenue
Wheaton, MD
Map
(301) 946-4511
Web Site

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 3:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Friday – Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Closed: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Comments

e.

I am always on the lookout for a place with substantial food, booze, and free wifi! Sometimes a great coffeehouse like Murky just won't cut it. Thanks for the tip on that! Too bad I'm in Arlington and it's in Wheaton...

Teri

THE ROYAL MILE... What a shock to see that in your site. I could cry for how much I miss the Mile. And the insider tip - Always try the Fish specials they are killer, and never pass up the Guiness Cheesecake when they have it. Ok. now I am totally wondering why I moved away again?

Plunk

Is the Royal Mile accesible by metro?

Jason

Sorry, I got a little lazy with the details I usually put at the end. I'll update them when I get a chance. Until then, Rpyal Mile is very close to downtown Wheaton, so I imagine it's close to the Wheaton stop on the red line.

Teri

It is RIGHT off the Wheaton Metro. In fact - we used to park in the Wheaton Metro parking all the time if you could not find a curb spot.

chelly

We go to Royal Mile fairly frequently and it can be quite crowded at times, especially on their theme nights (see the calendar on the web page). As for gloomy--this only applies during the day if there's no sun. In the evenings I find it quite cozy. Another good thing about RM is that they serve a very nice brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.

Jennifer

The owner's wife makes homemade cakes. The coconut cake was to die for! The fish and chips is the way to go as well.

BWilliams

The Royal Mile pub is surely the most authentic Scottish pub on the east coast. This is not just another sports bar with an Irish name calling itself a "pub." The food, atmosphere and entertainment is the closest I have seen this side of Scotland. This is a resturant with excellent selections of food and drink. Great services with speedy seating usually.Come and visit for a most enjoyable evening!
Slainte,
BW
PS. Tartan kilts, pipes and Celtic music on occasion

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