The list of those who have tried and failed to launch 'œa classic British experience' on these shores and many others is long and storied. Reform Social & Grill is not on that list. A Marylebone gastro pub planted in The Lakes, it has pretty much everything you're after from a British pub, from the spot-on decor to the laidback vibe, to the occasional themed night. The food, meanwhile, is pub-grub plus VAT, starters like the lobster cocktail (executed in proper 1970s style, just like mum made it) leading in to excellent burgers and fish and chips. A terrifically welcoming place that's equally good for a lunch with the kids or as a pub to while away an afternoon with your mates, Reform is a destination with no pretence and much to recommend it.
The Madinat Jumeirah location of the Belgian Beer Café is ideal for families and those looking to unwind after work over hearty food and cold hops. There are seating options on the sprawling terrace, with great views of the Souk Madinat waterways and Burj Al Arab, or indoors in one of the cosy corners. The impressive menu boasts a selection of traditional Belgian appetisers, mains and desserts. The bitterballen (Belgian beef croquettes), burgers, salads, sandwiches and pastas are all worth a try. On cooler days, the onion soup, served with cheese bread is a perfect dish if you need to warm up, while the delicious mussels are ideal for sharing. With helpful and friendly staff and a lively atmosphere, the Belgian Beer Café is a warm and welcoming venue.
Set in the fine surroundings of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, D&A is a movable feast, depending on your mood. A lovely, intimate restaurant sits on one side, with an outdoor terrace should you feel an al fresco urge and fancy bonus views of the Burj Al Arab. On the other, there's a terrific bar with multiple screens playing sport and proper pub-style tables to relax at. Whichever you opt for, service is uniformly excellent, while the extensive and interesting menu echoes the surroundings' sense of this being a place to make of what you will.