Columbus Monthly's Best New Restaurants: Geordie's Restaurant

Nicholas Dekker
Chef and owner Glen Hall-Jones with fish and chips

When Geordie’s opened in 2019, it filled a couple of holes in the Columbus dining landscape. First, it added another high-quality destination for food and drink in the revitalized Merion Village neighborhood. Second, it offered a solid option for English pub-style dining, an area in which the city was lacking.

Chef and owner Glen Hall-Jones, who hails from the U.K., utilizes his years of expertise in restaurants and catering for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and many more. “Geordie” refers to the people and the dialect from Tyneside in northeastern England, and Hall-Jones recalls the flavors of the region at his pub.

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While classic American elements like burgers or biscuits and gravy dot the menu, the culinary offerings are largely British: bangers and mash, Scotch eggs, Cornish pasties, steak and ale pie, fish and chips. A visit over the weekend to Geordie’s yields two of the pub’s best offerings: a full English breakfast and a traditional Sunday lunch. The calorie-laden full English is loaded with eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, grilled mushrooms, toast and tomatoes, while the Sunday lunch features carved roast beef with vegetables, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. With food like this, the simply decorated Geordie’s is everything a pub should be: a warm and welcoming haven that encourages camaraderie over hearty food, drink and, yes, what the rest of the world calls football.

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1586 S. High St., Merion Village


Geordie's Restaurant