STAMFORD, Conn. -- A British explosion will hit downtown's restaurant and music scene when the Viceroy Publik House opens on Summer Street in mid-April.
The English ale house and live music venue takes a page from history from what is referred to today as the "British Raj," the period of British rule in India from 1858 to 1947.
The pub pays homage to this now proud British and Indian cultural connection.
Patrons can expect a diverse menu of London curry and pakoras, along with pints, along with an edgy music lineup.
Viceroy Publik House ties in both English and Indian cultures, rich in history and reflected in the strong food and drink identity found in London pubs.
A Publik House — "pub" for short — was artfully designed by the British, dating as far back as the 1300s.
Its focus was that of a gathering place where beer and cider were merely offerings within the pub’s social or political confines.
Over the years, the concept grew and other cultures, Irish, Canadian and Australian, brought their own food, drink, and entertainment to these neighborhood haunts.
Viceroy Publik House espouses this heritage. Located in a bilevel townhouse at 211 Summer St., it embraces the British namesake as the public face of the British presence in India, with India's artistic and culinary influences.
The menu will include favored pub fare such as Shepherd’s pie, fish & chips, Faroe Island salmon, and bangers ‘n mash, spicy vindaloo, madras, and samosas, along with a pint.
“The wheel has already been invented. Our goal was to simply create a style of restaurant and bar that spoke to the core values of a traditional English pub – historic influences and all," said Stamford restaurateur Eric Monte.
Viceroy Publik House is owned by entrepreneur Ramya Lakshman.
The pub's entranceway is marked by the car hood of a vintage Triumph Bonnet, and suspended within the first floor’s picture window is a ‘68 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.
The street level dining room and bar is framed in carved mahogany wood and regal chandeliers.
The Tiger Room in Viceroy’s second story is the music lounge.
Featured on its "Heineken Stage" is an on-going spirited jam session among underground musicians, pop culture artists, and rock ‘n roll royalty with national acclaim.
There will be a house band which will be the backbone to a robust schedule of music genres, as well as the area’s first live music karaoke night.
Click here for the pub's website.