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New British pub opens downtown

Original post made on Jan 18, 2008

You don't have to cross the pond for authentic British fare anymore. A new pub that recently opened downtown offers anything from bangers and mash, fish and chips and shepherd's pie.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 28, 2007, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Nance Johnsen, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 18, 2008 at 9:49 am

Jakers, Janet, this is not a true UK pub. Put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig. This diner offers as much affection, warmth and atmosphere as a mortgage loan office. When we first walked in yesterday 01/17/08, we thought it was still under construction. No decor except for maybe 6 mirrored beer signs. No Brass. No UK prints, NO dart board, but heh, 3 TV's! and that is more important, isn't it - makes it an obnoxious sports bar, not a pub. No warmth. The fireplace, below a flat TV screen (how charming) is gas and makes no fire crackling noise, exudes no coziness, and generates only enough heat to warm you if you're right next to it. Nothing on the tables save a few Smart-N-Final salt/pepper shakers. No HP sauce or malt on the tables (unless you're eating; guess they can't afford it and/or they think it might clutter up the already bare decor). Waitress Carina/Karina was nice and friendly and took our beer order but mistakingly brought my husband a regular pint and not imperial pint and then said she would only charge him for the regular pint — yes, that was a brilliant answer. Of COURSE we should only be charged for the size he got. The ESB had nitrogen in it, tasted like undeveloped yeast!! MAJOR SIN: Means the owners are scimping to fool the customer. The fish was the size of a burrito and greasy on one lettuce leaf, unattractively laying there, no presentation plating skills. The chips were not fresh cut but frozen/quick fried. The music was not Celtic but part heavy metal, part cheap pop, absolute BOLLOCKS. Acoustics were horrible; noise level 10 bells. Over staffed, seemingly bumping into one another. To top off our horrible visit, an obviously insecure "businessman", when other men finally came in and sat at the bar, proceeded to chat them up loudly, glancing at me every once in a while to see if I was paying attention to him, using the "F" word liberally every other word he spoke. NO one called him on it. As manager or owner, I would have told him politely but firmly that that type of language would not be tolerated in the presence of others in my establishment -- right to refuse service. (My husband and I have done that in the past to protect my customers.) I watched as two separate customers walked up to the front desk looking for menus or help to be served after they had already been seated. And it was really interesting to hear this pratt "buseinssman" at the bar from New Mexico claim to know a lot about the City of Pleasanton as he also disparaged the city's residents who had painstakingly worked to make sure certain aspects of the "pub's" business would not negatively impact their living area; he completely trashed the residents with his filthy remarks. We left immediately because I have never heard the "F" word used that much since the movie "Snatch". Now, why do I say it is not a true pub? Because we had a true pub, The White Cockade Scottish Pub in Boulder Creek, Highway 9. Unfortunately, we were forced to close 12/31/06 when we found out thru some of our loyal customers that our pub's property owner was secretly going into foreclosure. We KNOW what a true pub is. And Redcoats is not it. So to the owners of Redcoats and the Crown (which also leaves a lot to be desired, regardless of their extensive liquor license offerings), show some taste, passion, quality, atmosphere, and veracity to your potential customers. Stop trying to insult and fool the publicans who know what a real pub is or visitors who do not know what a true pub is but should be allowed a memorable time and meal and pint in a pseudo American one. In fact, some of our customers, American and British, called us to tell us to go check this place out, warned us of their visits, and begged us to re-open. They said the shepard's pie was deplorable, soggy fish, chips still frozen, and their pints had the same problem: nitrogen infused.


Posted by Shelley, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2008 at 10:03 am

Here here!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 18, 2008 at 11:57 am

NO MERCY...TEE HEE HEE...


Posted by hello, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Hello Pubs are to have Lots of tv's! you come and watch the football games and by football i mean (soccer). get drunk and have a good time. who cares if there is not a lot of crap all over the walls. its nice inside and the fire place gives offs lot of heat! your dumb and glad u lot your bar. If it was as good as you say it was why werent you making enough money to buy it yourself!haha the Crown is a real pub if you have ever been in there. You suck!


Posted by Shelley, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Pubs come in many different shapes and sizes and atmosphere, etc. Web Link

There is no right or wrong pub. There are only right or wrong customers to a pub.


Posted by Tina, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2008 at 7:34 pm

So this isn't a "pub" in your eyes. I've ate here at least 10 times and have mostly great experiences here. There fries are definetly not frozen and are probably some of the best I have had. There fish and chips are amazing. I'm not sure why, but it seems you very angry and holding some resentment for who know what reason. Dart boards would be nice, but this is supposed to be more posh then the typical pub (excluding the prices).

I would strongly suggest all who read these reviews to check it out yourself before taking this woman's word for it. And definetly, definetly try the fish and chips. Tons of food for you $$.


Posted by Sue, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 22, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Seems a pity that " bitter and twisted" ex- pub owner feels the need to say such bad things about Redcoats. Perhaps you are not the kind of customers they are looking for, just eat somewhere else and keep your nasty thoughts to yourselves.


Posted by William Wallace, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 22, 2008 at 11:17 pm

The first lady (Nance Johnson) is delusional and has somethin stuck up her behind... Heaven forbid she goes to a pub and hears the F word, i think she has mistaken what a British pub is truly like. Having experienced many pubs in Britain i think its safe to say that the F word is probably not the worst thing that will be heard in a night of eating/drinking... This pub is exactly what Pleasanton needs, a place with good food, good atmosphere, and good people enjoying their time in a lively place. You do not appear to be one of these people who likes to enjoy such a lively place so maybe you should stay away and keep your crazy ideas with you. I'm sure your pub in Hayward was a great place if you wanted to have a quick prayer and a bite to eat...so i'm going to end with "eff off!"


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 23, 2008 at 1:03 pm

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Posted by A Brit, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2008 at 4:20 pm

This is in answer to Nance. Did you ever visit a British pub?
I am a Brit living in Pleasanton and love the Redcoats Pub. The fish and chips are fabulous with the malt vinigar!!!! and the black and tan pint is just like home. I know this isn't everyones "cup of tea" so if it isn't for you don't go there. But please don't spoil it with your rude insults for the many people who do like it. Redcoats fits in very well in downtown Pleasanton.


Posted by Another Brit, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Nance lost me when she complained there was no Celtic music. Good, it's not a Scottish or Irish pub so why should it have any and I can't stand that sentimental rubbish anyway! Any half decent pub in England and Wales doesn't bother with Celtic music and dart boards are dying out because they take up too much space. I found the food to be good and enjoyed the experience enough to be going back again this week. Now if only the pub started to show the Six Nations rugby then it would be a fine establishment.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Does the Redcoat only sell fish 'n chips? I'm thinking of having dinner out this week, just don't want to show up if Nance is hanging out in the parking lot! Are the fish 'n chips wrapped up in a newspaper?
I think that that's a bit too unsanitary for me! Give me a good ole
armadillo tamale anyday...now that's home cookin'.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

Ok I have to say something positive about Redcoats Pub

#1 Great service, not fake people
#2 Clean, very modern and clean lines
#3 Good food, for "pub food" it came out tasting great not burnt not greesy
#4 Outside area. Durring the nicer months the patio is going to be a geat hangout.

I will return again and again



Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 31, 2008 at 6:50 pm

don't waste your hard earned $$$...awful pub food but some interesting people who seemed to be having a good time! What's your take on this dive ms. mayor?


Posted by chris, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 2, 2008 at 3:24 pm

What downtown could have lived without was another establishment that focuses on DRINKING. It will just like the last one that closed in no time...What would have been nice and DIFFERENT downtown would have been a downhome, and I mean real downhome bbq with steaks, ribs, that type of restaurant, maybe a little country flair, families and young people alike....and Coffee Beans and Bistro is the perfect location....How that place survives is beyond me....but no, we needed another bar!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

Home cooking RULES! As for the drunks, they do support the bars...sad.


Posted by What else, a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:45 am

What else is there to do here but drink? Besides the drinking i food is great!


Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 26, 2008 at 12:31 pm

cholo stay in livermore. the food at redcoats is good. the atmosphere is good. and it can be a fun nite there. sounds like you need to lock yourself back in the basement for another 20 years. maybe by then people won't be liberal at all, no-one will drink, and who knows you might wake up in france. here here buddy. awfully judgemental for some cholo. if you want a good restraunt in livermore go to Anita's. then you don't have come into pleasanton to eat. keep on the safeway diet. no-one wants to see you out.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 4, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Drunks like to play games by testing their sobriety.

When drunks believe that their disease is under their control and they start hanging out in restaurants with bars (slippery places), it's tip off that their disease is well and alive and that it has very deep roots! Drunks know when their butts are being kicked...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


Posted by ts, a resident of Downtown
on Apr 4, 2008 at 10:08 pm

I was very happy to see Red Coats come to town....I'd be happier if California Pizza Kitchen came too. Anyway, I can't imagine why the owner of the building built it the way he did. The bar area is WAY too small and the acoustics are absolutely horrible. I have been there a few times and don't know if I'll go back only because the acoustics are so bad you can't hear the people you're sitting with. By the end of the lunch/dinner you're hoarse and feel exhausted becausing of the shouting that was necessary to be somewhat heard. Mr. Byrd can you do anything about the sound?????


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 6, 2008 at 12:30 pm

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Posted by CholoisaTroll, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm

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Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 7, 2008 at 7:57 am

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 7, 2008 at 10:51 am

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Posted by Aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 9, 2008 at 1:36 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 11, 2008 at 6:53 pm

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Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 14, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Apr 15, 2008 at 11:51 am

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Posted by CHOLO, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on May 3, 2008 at 10:27 am

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Posted by Matthew, a resident of Heritage Oaks
on May 22, 2008 at 4:27 pm

good to hear you reported, at least now i only have to worry about your 14 cousins living in the basement 8$$. why would you be at Red Coats cholo, they don't have burrito's...... oh yea and people drink there. and you don't like to witness the damned yet you like to judge, when your faults are more damning than others.

Red Coats is pretty good. It's not the best food you'll ever have but i'd go back.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 28, 2008 at 10:38 am

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on May 28, 2008 at 10:42 am

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Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 29, 2008 at 2:31 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Correction: YOU MUST BE CROSS ADDICTED?


Posted by matthew, a resident of Heritage Valley
on Jun 3, 2008 at 12:24 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Heritage Valley
on Jun 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Hey Mattheny, I'm retired!

You're probably still have to pay into Social Security. Keep paying your share so that I benefit!

You guys need to calm down, get a grip, and figure out how much money you put into Social Security annuallly. Why, because I want my SS bucks to keep rolling in...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

I am a patriot and I think that the US is the greatest country in the world.

Aqui estamos y no nos vamos...get used to it!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jun 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm

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Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm

i do. do you see a problem with that? why don't you?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 1, 2008 at 10:57 am

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 1, 2008 at 11:00 am

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Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 4, 2008 at 4:34 pm

cholo don't just sit here and try to argue. you are being a fool. calling out accusations like i'm an addict. funny in my opinion. i hope it makes your empty day go smoother. cause it's no sweat off my brow bud. you wonder why people attack you on here. you attack them, building problems with many people. i don't hide my name yet you do. is it due to fear of retaliation for the outrageous things said here. defication of character can be a suable offense. you might want to think of how many people you have labeled without having a clue. you say people label you, but you ask for it. you name yourself cholo, viva this and viva that. this is america and you can be who you want. but you aren't being who you should be. we all come from a mold of our families and the surrounding culture. i'm wondering really what cave or whole you crawled from.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Sep 7, 2008 at 9:04 am

I had breakfast there yesterday morning, it was served cold, no favor and not much food. The coffee was good, but I will not be returning again.

I should note that there was no other customers in the pub when I arrived at 9:00am and it took over 20 minutes to get my food from the time I ordered.



Posted by Belladonna, a resident of another community
on Feb 5, 2009 at 5:00 pm

You don't go to a pub for breakfast. That's your first mistake. You go for lunch (sometimes) and for a pint after work. Supper too, if it's any good. I would be worried to see customers in a pub in the morning.


Posted by BobSmith Charles, a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Feb 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

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Posted by LaLa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm

The food is great...ONLY WHEN YOU ARE DRUNK!
The service is great...ONLY WHEN YOU ARE DRUNK!
The atmosphere is great...ONLY WHEN YOU ARE DRUNK!


Posted by Silly Bugger, a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Mar 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Well, I like the place (RED COATS) I especially enjoy watching sports on the many TV's and pretending that I'm in a bar in England. I did not even know that they had food until I saw someone eating some fries, so I ordered a side of fries too. And I must say the fries where excellent and cooked to perfection the Chef should be awarded a Michelin star for those fries. And the beer was good too. I enjoyed several pints of ESB while watching TV and eating the best fries I ever had. I thought to myself if this place was a chain, I would quit my job and go to each one every day and order the fries and watch TV and drink beer. I had another dish at Red Coats last week called fish and chips, and it was not greasy at all, as a matter of fact the fish was dry as a bone and served with YUP" more fries. I hate greasy fish and this fish was not greasy it was just like I like it dry so it will not taste fishy. I recommend the place to everyone who likes a lively crowd and could care less about high end dining. This place I hope stays around for a long time because we all don't like formal dining and Pleasanton is still trying to prove it knows food and has a educated pallet, well for us that do not have educated pallets go to Red Coats.

See you at Red Coats and order the fries.


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