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Britannia Arms owner Andy Hewitt runs his pub like he ran a semi-professional soccer team in the early 1990s. Full Story
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wow

Pleasant Hill, CA

#2 Aug 9, 2010
"I try to surround myself with the best people possible," Hewitt said. "Good people attract good people."

really?? check again Andy

“Where Did All the Money Go?”

Since: Sep 08

Ben Lomond, CA

#3 Aug 9, 2010
Thank you, Andy, and the entire Brittania Arms staff. It's a great place. My family and I regularly eat fireside in the dining room.
trisha0790

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 Aug 9, 2010
wow wrote:
"I try to surround myself with the best people possible," Hewitt said. "Good people attract good people."
really?? check again Andy
Yes, really. Try it sometime. It really works!
bobby

United States

#7 Aug 9, 2010
must be nice to have a chance to clean up on an untouched new found land with lots of resources
Mr Margarita

Scotts Valley, CA

#8 Aug 9, 2010
I LOVE the Brit! All the people are great! The food and drinks are terrific. The events are great, too!
Unbelievable

United States

#10 Aug 9, 2010
Mr Margarita wrote:
I LOVE the Brit! All the people are great! The food and drinks are terrific. The events are great, too!
The trouble with British grub is that it tastes like one.
just sayin

Danville, CA

#12 Aug 9, 2010
The Brit has fantastic food and village charm..way to go Andy!!
Ralph Schlaugerhead

North Las Vegas, NV

#14 Aug 9, 2010
Bar is a sad place where sugar is ingested with grain and malt. Take away the beer and wine and what do you really have?
Fish and Chips

Danville, CA

#15 Aug 9, 2010
I've brought visiting relatives here and when they return they want to go back for the fish and chips. Great neighborhood atmosphere.
steve carr

Kalispell, MT

#16 Aug 9, 2010
I lived in Santa Cruz County for many years and served the community by working in local government. Although, I do not
live in Santa Cruz County anymore, I have many fond memories of Britannia Arms in Aptos.

I remember bring my two Irish named sons, Sean and Conor, both excellent soccer players as kids, to the pub for food and a warm, friendly waiters and waitresses.

My best to Andy and his staff,
Sincerely,
Steve Carr,
Whitefish, Montana
steve carr

Kalispell, MT

#17 Aug 9, 2010
Correction: "I remember bringing..."

Steve Carr
CapMom

Mountain View, CA

#19 Aug 9, 2010
Nice comfortable place, but shockingly pricey. I might be out of touch though. I ordered a shandy, a pint of half beer and half ginger ale - but the bartender used 7up instead - and it was $6! I almost fell over. Admittedly, the last time I had been in a bar was in 1978 and a shandy, and authentic one, was a buck. You could play darts and drink pints of the stuff all night long without spending more than five buck. Good times.

The food at the Brit is good pub grub and the staff is friendly.
Comment

San Francisco, CA

#21 Aug 9, 2010
iNS wrote:
Sentinel never reports the immigration status. If he came in on a tourist visa and never left, how did that happen?
Although it seems he is legal from reading the other posts, you bring up a good point. I personally do not think that all "illegals" are the same. I think that anyone who got wound up in INS paperwork and overtstayed their visa should be given a chance to correct things (not by going back to their home for 15 yrs). I know from personal knowledge that is NOT the way it works. I know people who have overstayed their visas then gotten married to Natural born citizens for many years and cannot become legal. These people I know have not taken anyone's job or used taxpayers money. In fact they have increased the tax base by doing lots of shopping. Same goes for some hard working businessmen.
Sure Thing

San Jose, CA

#22 Aug 9, 2010
CapMom wrote:
Nice comfortable place, but shockingly pricey. I might be out of touch though. I ordered a shandy, a pint of half beer and half ginger ale - but the bartender used 7up instead - and it was $6! I almost fell over. Admittedly, the last time I had been in a bar was in 1978 and a shandy, and authentic one, was a buck. You could play darts and drink pints of the stuff all night long without spending more than five buck. Good times.
The food at the Brit is good pub grub and the staff is friendly.
So were you in prison?
Keep In Mind

Fremont, CA

#23 Aug 9, 2010
Keep in mind that during the recent World Cup games, the pub was open for breakfast at early morning hours when it usually wouldn't be open, even for obscure games that would only bring in a couple of customers. That was also true of Rosie McCann's and of course 99 Bottles, maybe some others too.

Of course, Andy could have gone to college instead, becoming an unemployed computer programmer with an unaffordable condo in San Jose, which could only be sold at a loss.
swim mom

San Bruno, CA

#24 Aug 9, 2010
The Hewitts give back to the community by hosting family nights and giving the profits to Mar Vista School. Thanks so much!
Keep In Mind

Fremont, CA

#25 Aug 9, 2010
Actually, a fair number of Brits and Irish come to the USA legally then intentionally overstay and work illegally, because they blend in so well in certain environments. Canada once had (maybe still has) some Asians entering on visas then staying and working illegally, because they are ethnically similar to other Asians who are British subjects and thus legal in Canada without visa. In other cases, real or fake marriages are arranged.

I'll ask him sometime, but maybe Andy came in as a "soccer player" affiliated with a team. In many cases, athletes, musicians, and the like, are automatically granted temporary authorization to work. That's how teams and foreign rock bands can tour the USA (after all, they are working for money when they play). An employer might not notice that the player is only supposed to be playing a sport or an instrument for a short time.

But I'll also ask him whether his employees (kitchen and wait staff) are legally in the USA. So far, I've only noticed two who appear to have been born in the USA. Others may or may not be legal, having come from Mexico or Ireland. That's probably typical of restaurants around here.
Cap

Mountain View, CA

#26 Aug 9, 2010
Sure Thing wrote:
<quoted text>
So were you in prison?
Almost - I became a mommy!
Yeah for the Brit

San Jose, CA

#27 Aug 9, 2010
Best bar in all of SC County! Where else can you take your whole family, kids, pets, grandma, and baby included? I feel like I'm in UK/Ireland when we're here. Good on ya!
Jenkins

San Ramon, CA

#36 Aug 9, 2010
The food at Britannia in arms is NOT like England's food. No way. England has CRAPPY food, whereas, Britannia in Arms has GREAT food!

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