Argyll – A Gastropub (NOW CLOSED)

Since the gastropub first appeared in England as a way to introduce gastronomy into a friendly pub setting, the concept has been making its way across America finding low key foodies in all of the city stops it makes. Nestled among the boutique shops of the Cherry Creek shopping district, one might assume that the gastropub Argyll would have an air of pretention about it. After all, it does have to complete with a handful of pricey local favorites like Houstons and Elways. But, once you descend the brick staircase to the front door of restaurant, you notice a more ‘jolly’ demeanor amongst the diners. They seem to take the intention of the restaurant to heart, treating it more as a local bar with great food rather than place to flaunt their fame and fashion.
The presence of a large patio offers patrons an option when being sat in the warmer months and the late night hours allow for even the night owls to have their fill. The menu size is neither conservative nor overwhelming, providing for the full gamut of dining options to include a red or game meat as well as a fish or scallop alternative. Anyone can easily find selection that suits their dining needs.
We started the evening by ordering two, yes two, orders of the Scotch Eggs and one of the blue cheese Stuffed Dates. Why two orders of the Scotch Eggs? It’s because I find it so difficult to share anything that is wrapped in sausage and deep fried. I could barely restrain myself, even with our separate plates, from stabbing my fork into my partners’ egg and scuttling it back to my side of the table! The soft boiled egg was the gooey perfection one would hope for, which was well complemented by the crisp sausage wrapping. It was served on a smearing of horseradish aioli that allowed for things to be kicked up just a notch, although it was hardly necessary.

Scotch Eggs

Although I am not always the biggest fan of the grainy texture of the date fruit, I happily mingled in nibbles of bacon wrapped dates between bites of the Scotch eggs. Stuffed with blue cheese, orange zest and apple chutney, this sweet and salty appetizer was a nice reprieve from my savory only egg option. Being a particular hit with my dining partner, we will surely order these nuggets again.

Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates

Course two was our greenery for the night, which we split in order to save room for our entrée a piece. We opted for the Warm Frisee Salad which had the usual poached egg (slightly underdone in our case) and light vinaigrette dressing that makes this salad what it is. The addition of Marcona almonds, roasted red peppers and Stilton Bleu cheese is what made it unique to this restaurant. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the salad, the large, unsliced almonds didn’t add nearly as much to the overall experience as I would have hoped. I found their size and texture to be a bit overwhelming of the other ingredients and as a result several sat on my plate once the course was complete.
For the main courses, we choose two of the ‘lighter’ entree options with the Rosemary Roasted Chicken and Seared Scallops served on a bed of spinach tagliatelle. The scallops were perfectly prepared. Seared just enough to free them of their raw form, but still able to maintain their cuts like butter texture. Unfortunately, the tagliatelle side was not so lucky. Salted with a heavy hand, the first full bite of scallop and pasta puckered my lips and made me exclaim “WOW, that is salty!” I can tell that the flavors were generally very good, but the overwhelming salt definitely dampened my enjoyment of the dish.

Seared Scallops with Spinach Tagliatelle

Compared with the over salted tagliatelle, the Roast Chicken fared much better. The chicken was moist and exactly what one would expect from a roast chicken. It was the sides of the dish that really stole the show though. Served with Roasted Squash and a “Savory Bread Pudding”, one felt as though it was thanksgiving in March. When eaten with a bit of the chicken, the bread pudding is wonderfully reminiscent of delicious homemade stuffing. If you are someone who prefers the chicken options on menus, this is your dish.

Roast Chicken with Savory Bread Pudding

All in all the experience at Argyll’s was great. The food is decidedly delicious and the size of the drink menu honors the heritage of the establishment. I will come back again and would definitely recommend it to a friend or stranger. 🙂
Basic Info
Cuisine: American, Seasonal Selections, Pub
Restaurant Features: Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Address/Phone: 2700 E. 3rd Avenue Denver, CO 80206 / 720-382-1117
Mon – Thurs: 11:00am – Midnight
Friday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am
Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 am
Sunday: 10:00 – Midnight
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