The summer season has officially drawn to a close and while the weather might not be as bright as it was a month ago, the location of the Meeting Pub in Larnaca may just be enough to lighten your mood while you are enjoying some good traditional pub food.
Sitting directly opposite the Phinikoudes beach, the old-fashioned English-style pub has been the cornerstone of the street for decades where, as its name suggests, is a hugely popular destination for friends to get together for a drink and a bite to eat.
Walking into the establishment, there is a vast space to choose where to sit, with both a lower level area closer to the beach or the cozier option on the slightly elevated part next to the main bar. Either way, service arrives rapidly to collect our drink orders. Though primarily a pub, the location boasts a menu that most restaurants would envy.
Being owned by a London-Cypriot family, there is a nice mix of traditional English food as well as more common local dishes not forgetting the international bar food.
And that is what our table looked like by the end of it, with a plate of fish and chips, an English breakfast, souvlaki and a traditional salad, as well as a club sandwich. The food is rather simplistic and therefore judging against other niche restaurants would not be possible but what is guaranteed is a fulfilling dish with great taste.
It is hard to find a place these days that does not try to go easy on the portions but, for as long as I can remember, the Meeting Pub always delivers value for money. Bar a few minor disgruntlements, the taste of the food is excellent too and well worth the price you pay.
Those with a British background will feel a sense of nostalgia both due to the quality of the food but also due to the homely service provided by the couple that run the place, always being conscientious about how everyone is doing and, after several visits, will begin to remember you by name.
When it comes to drinks, more than 15 types of local and imported beers are on offer, as well as a vast variety of spirits. And due to the fact that it is a down to earth pub as opposed to a glamorous bar, the prices are modest too.
The majority of customers are British expats along with visiting tourists, yet it also attracts a number of locals too. The age range is predominantly over 40s but a younger crowd tends to gather for sporting events. The pub is equipped with all the necessary foreign satellites which broadcast English football matches each weekend as well as European games, making it one of the most reliable establishments for sports fans.
The furniture is neither the most extravagant nor classy but then again, why should it be? There are plenty of seating options and you will always have a view of one of their various plasma TV screens.
While the current economic climate has led to most establishments jacking up the prices, the Meeting Pub has remained consistent and is certainly value for money when it comes to food and drink.
SPECIALITY The English Breakfast
WHERE 90 Athene Avenue, Phinikoudes, Larnaca
CONTACT 24 656893
PRICE €12 food & drink (Average)