Santa Cruz County Stories: Brittania ...

Santa Cruz County Stories: Brittania Arms longtime owner landed in ...

There are 51 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Aug 9, 2010, titled Santa Cruz County Stories: Brittania Arms longtime owner landed in .... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

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

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Vicki From Canby

Burney, CA

#40 Aug 9, 2010
Thank you for keeping some of my son's friends employed! Sounds like a great place, hope to visit next time I am in Santa Cruz.
Danny and Johnny's mom!
SCTreelover

Dublin, CA

#42 Aug 9, 2010
Jenkins wrote:
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!
You have obviously never travelled further than the Brit (which has great food, I agree) However, having relatives in the UK I can tell you their meat & dairy products far surpass what we have here, and you'll find nothing in the US like a meat pie filled with gravy, succulent meat and fresh veggies. I have had some of the best seafood in Cornwall and Brixham, so I suggest you do a bit more exploring of the British flavors!
Rocket J Squirrel

Santa Cruz, CA

#44 Aug 9, 2010
Andy' done well. My only complaint is the food could be better but then again it is British fare for the most part, cooked by mexicans. but then again everything is these days.
Just Sayin

Alameda, CA

#45 Aug 9, 2010
Yeah for the Brit wrote:
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!
Isn't 'Good on ya!" an Aussie phrase?
timinoz

Australia

#47 Aug 9, 2010
I have both been an employee and log time patron of Andy. My 93 year old Momn also likes the Britannia Arms. I live in Australia now but always know that when I'm home in Aptos that I have a great local to have beer and catch up with mates. Cheers Andy!
Great Bar

San Jose, CA

#48 Aug 9, 2010
I love the Brit but when I have had dinner there I like to go to the Mediterranean club down the road for a real gritty American bar :)
lsb

Santa Cruz, CA

#49 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
I agree!!!the night bar manager with all the tattoos is complete jackazz... I wont give that place a dollar ..(unless its the blues fest):o
Check Again

Soquel, CA

#50 Aug 9, 2010
Dave wrote:
Funny thing about the Britannia Arms is they like to add on a extra dollar or two over your total bill when you pay with a credit card. We tipped them plenty (20%) and there was still more money taken over the total. If it happens once, yes that might be a mistake...if it happens more than that then you have something shady going on. Check your receipts and compare them to your credit card statement. We went in and confronted the manager over this. There really wasn't a good answer from them except they gave us our money back. Hopefully other people aren't still getting skimmed. This happened at the Aptos restaurant during the lunch hours.
Apparently, some credit card companies automatically add 25%(yes, up to 25%) to a restaurant bill, to cover possible big tippers. This is for calculation against credit limits, nothing more. When they see the actual receipt (or rather, whatever is electronically coded after you manually add a tip) then the number is corrected. So it may depend on your card issuer, or on how close you are to your limit, or other factors. I've heard about it in many places at many times.

On the other hand, a few years ago San Francisco passed a tax on businesses that do not offer employee benefits. Many of those are restaurants and bars. Some of them add the SF benefits tax to bills as an added sales tax, passing it on to the customer.
Agree

Boulder Creek, CA

#52 Aug 9, 2010
lsb wrote:
<quoted text> I agree!!!the night bar manager with all the tattoos is complete jackazz... I wont give that place a dollar ..(unless its the blues fest):o
Bunch of THUGS!
Poofter Pub

United States

#53 Aug 9, 2010
Nothing but a bunch of benders whinging.
sebastapol

Santa Cruz, CA

#54 Aug 9, 2010
Finally, a positive immigration story. It's diversity like this that makes America great. We need more of these "British" people here.
Aptos Local

United States

#55 Aug 11, 2010
Love the Brit...Nearest thing to " Cheers ".Its not trying to be something its not,,Just needs more people to get educated on pub culture..Its not a bar, its not a restaurant
ITS A PUB
Aptos and Santa Cruz is lucky this man found us
Thank you
This is the USA

Alviso, CA

#56 Aug 11, 2010
Aptos Local wrote:
Love the Brit...Nearest thing to " Cheers ".Its not trying to be something its not,,Just needs more people to get educated on pub culture..Its not a bar, its not a restaurant
ITS A PUB
Aptos and Santa Cruz is lucky this man found us
Thank you
Wrong country, dear. As far as a business license goes, its a bar and restaurant. In fact, their own Web site states that it is a restaurant and "sports bar."
bricktop

United States

#57 Aug 13, 2010
lsb wrote:
<quoted text> I agree!!!the night bar manager with all the tattoos is complete jackazz... I wont give that place a dollar ..(unless its the blues fest):o
All in all, nick, with all the tattoos, is actually a really nice guy.
Ursula

San Mateo, CA

#58 Aug 13, 2010
lsb wrote:
<quoted text> I agree!!!the night bar manager with all the tattoos is complete jackazz... I wont give that place a dollar ..(unless its the blues fest):o
Every time I've gone there, Nick has always been great! Super nice and you never have to wait long for a drink!
sweetndandy66

Ben Lomond, CA

#59 Aug 13, 2010
i love the brit! i love knowing the regulars- all different ages and backgrounds and the staff are great! NICK is a really great guy and its great to have the anonymity of the internet "isb".being the bartender is like being the yard duty in a schoolyard. being in charge isnt fun. try acting better next time you're in public--most of us have the benefit of family support and thier money or backing- and still cant get it together- good for andy!
sweetndandy66

Ben Lomond, CA

#60 Aug 13, 2010
bobby wrote:
must be nice to have a chance to clean up on an untouched new found land with lots of resources
WTF are you talking about??? is he Lewis or Clark????
annonymous

United States

#61 Aug 13, 2010
I love this place! The food is good and fair priced and the staff is friendly & kind and always greet you with a smile & a hello whether you walk into the restaurant or the bar. From my past experiences I've been treated very kindly from Amanda, Shannon, Teresa, Lindsay, Nick, Mary, Roger & everyone else ive been wiated on by. I take all my friends who are visiting from out of town and they love the atmosphere and always request to go back there when they come back to visit.
Bob Cunningham

San Jose, CA

#62 Aug 13, 2010
Keep In Mind wrote:
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 [b]or Ireland[/b]. That's probably typical of restaurants around here.
Question for the Sentinel: Is it libel to make slimy insinuations about someone's immigration status on a public newspaper forum?

To the poster, why by so coy? There are exactly 2 people who work at the pub that are "from Ireland." Irene Gooch and my wife, Tess Cunningham. If you're going to impugn their immigration status in front of the entire community, why be chicken**** about it, and pretend you're speaking generally?

For the record, both Tess and Irene are legal permanent residents of the United States. Having waded through a river of **** to obtain Tes's permanent residency, it's more than a little off-putting to find some Internet jack*** publicly calling her into question, while hiding behind an anonymous user ID.

Bob Cunningham, Corralitos
Paul

United States

#64 Aug 13, 2010
lsb wrote:
<quoted text> I agree!!!the night bar manager with all the tattoos is complete jackazz... I wont give that place a dollar ..(unless its the blues fest):o
Nick is a great bartender...fast, courteous, and he has a great sense of humor. M'lsb'ehave and he generally will talk to you and let you leave with some dignity. I've also seen him take your keys and call you a cab...because sometimes you just get too drunk to misbehave.

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