“Where across the pond is just across the street”

4515 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, Wis.

(414) 763-6992

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Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Friday: 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

Established in 2011, the Three Lions Pub is an authentic British pub that provides patrons with an eclectic blend of English culinary standbys and traditional American cuisine. Three Lions also offers a variety of beers and wines to complement the menu with many native brands and tastes of the old country. Customer service is paramount in creating the “old world” British-style pub atmosphere that permeates throughout the establishment. All this is wrapped up in a cozy, friendly neighborhood public house where patrons can enjoy everything from Saturday morning soccer to Thursday night trivia. (from the Three Lions Pub website)

Proprietors:

David “Pricey” Price (B.A. Business, ’07; M.B.A., ’13); Chris “Tink” Tinker (B.A. Sport Management; M.B.A., ’10)

Hometowns:

Both hail from northwestern England (in small towns situated between Manchester and Liverpool) and attended Clitheroe Academy. They came to the U.S. to play soccer for Stritch along with several mates. Quite a few of their British teammates still remain in the Milwaukee area, including Ryan Wickens, ’06, owner of Quizmaster Trivia.

Their backstory:

Price and Tinker helped manage Shorewood’s The Brit Inn for several years until a fire closed the business for good. As long-time friends, the two decided to take their experiences from the Brit Inn, business degrees, and personal knowledge of authentic pub experiences to have a go at their own business.

While they share the workload, Price’s specialty is the food and Tinker handles the doings at the bar. When they first opened with only seven employees, they nearly worked around the clock, seven days a week, taking shifts as bartenders while also overseeing the management duties. “We put our heart and soul, our sweat and tears, and every penny we had into this thing.” Today, they employ 47 people.

Most popular dish:

The fish fry, served any day of the week but mostly on Fridays, is acclaimed by local food critics, including Carol Deptolla from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Brian Kramp from Fox 6 Milwaukee.

Their favorite dishes:

Price: Sticky toffee delight, shepherd’s pie, corned beef, chicken curry

Tinker: Scotch eggs, fish and chips, burgers (“I’m actually blown away by how good the food is. I never expected it to be this good.”)

Points of pride:

Beer list, which includes 12 varieties on tap (and more than 50 total) and many domestic and imported drinks. They take special pride in serving “Witch’s Brew” (be sure to ask the guys what makes this one special).

Atmosphere, meant to be an “extension of your living room,” a place where people of all ages can enjoy a meal, a sporting event (like recent World Cup crowds), or weekly karaoke or trivia fun.

Street festivals and World Cup games, giving fans a place to congregate and cheer on their favorite “football” teams.

Staff, who not only fill orders, but are encouraged to chat up customers and develop relationships with regulars. About 75% of employees hail from other countries, including England and Australia.

Great food, made from scratch using authentic family recipes contributed by the staff

Secret to success:

“Whether you’re two or 102 years old, you feel welcome, you feel at home, people know you. And if it’s your first time there, we’ll get to know you pretty quickly. The underlying goal and our mission and our objectives are to provide the service, good quality food, good quality beer, and, above all, make it an extension of your living room.”

Awards/recognitions:

2013 Best Bar in the Northern Suburbs, by OnMilwaukee.com

Stritch connections:

Price and Tinker not only earned bachelor’s degrees from Stritch, but returned to the University for their master’s degrees. Through his thesis research, Tinker validated that the business could weather the difficult economy since he discovered that people – especially in Wisconsin – continue to spend money on alcohol even when times are tough. Price’s thesis focused on determining whether franchising the Three Lions’ brand would be an advantageous option. His research convinced them that they’d be better off focusing on their single location rather than branching out at that time.

They stay connected to Stritch, which is only a few miles from the pub, by hosting alumni gatherings and other events for the University, and through the relationships they maintain with so many of their friends and employees who also graduated from Stritch.

Future plans:

Three Lions Pub is in the midst of a significant expansion, allowing them to double in size. They plan to add couches, a fireplace, additional TVs, a traditional English bar, and double barn doors stained to represent the Union Jack.

Summing it up:

"I'm a Brit, living the American Dream." (Shorewood Patch)