Old Swanky Bubbles Goes British With The Victoria Freehouse

When it opens next spring in the club formerly known as Swanky Bubbles, The Victoria Freehouse will add an old-school European vibe to Old City with classic British cocktails (shaken, not stirred, we presume) and a beer lineup consisting exclusively of English and English-style draughts–which, coincidentally, are not traditionally very bubbly.

The UK-themed restaurant is being opened by the Brit and the Yankee step-son who operate The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield. The menu’s not posted yet but the pair is billing the Freehouse as an authentic restaurant and bar, and their nascent website shows pics of fried green beans and curried coconut mussels. We take this as an indication that owners are allowing some colonial influences to seep into their offerings–happy news for those diners who prefer options beyond break-your-teeth scones and mushy toad-in-the-hole.

Entrees will range from $10-$30, dress is casual, and if any of the servers act snooty, go ahead and make fun of their teeth.

The Victoria Freehouse [Official]


  • Ken

    I had visited London and a few places in the countryside this summer. In the past decade or so, restaurants in London have changed for the better.

    I appreciate authentic British fare but I hope the Victoria will also offer some modern/ fusion / healthier items to the mix. Would love to see some Indian / British mash-ups.

  • B-C-D

    Here’s hoping they have numerous taps of genuine British “real ale” (aka, “bitter”), and not just CO2-carbonated versions of British beers, nor just American versions of British pale ales (the American versions tend to be much hoppier and/or maltier than the genuine British article). And here’s hoping they store the tapped kegs down below in the cellar (pumped up to the bar by hand), so that the beer has the correct cellar temp — not too cold, or too warm, as beer from American beer-engines often is.

  • http://www.isaacbuddfarm.com Sarah

    hear hear.

  • itstunk

    Once got a beej in the SB bathroom, I’ll miss that place.

  • Michael G

    Was he any good?