A Panama City Beach hit since 2015, Temperley’s British Eatery, formally Eat My Pasty has successfully introduced scrumptious British fare to a region better known for its southern-style seafood. While primarily known for its pasties, the dining establishment serves a variety of other dishes typically not found this side of the pond.
It all began when founders Jeff and Stacey Temperley shared their culinary talent in local farmers markets, where they nearly always sold out. They received excellent feedback from a variety of customers —particularly from tourists visiting the area. Several asked the Temperleys if it would be possible to have pasties shipped to them upon returning home from vacation.
The enthusiasm the Temperleys witnessed encouraged them to move forward with plans for a restaurant. They missed the traditional fare they’d once enjoyed at home and hoped to share it with a wider audience.
Today, Temperley’s British Eatery serves classic English dishes with a twist. Their recipes include fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Pasties can be shipped anywhere in the United States or enjoyed within the Temperleys’ Panama City Beach venue. A visit is well worth your while, in part because the restaurant actually makes you feel like you’re in the United Kingdom — not an easy feat when you’re actually in the heart of Panama City Beach.
No detail has been overlooked in the restaurant’s quest to recreate a charming English experience; burgers are served with tiny flags emblazoned with the Temperleys’ name, while chips (better known to locals as fries) are served in a cone that resembles a London newspaper. Take a quick glance around the restaurant, and you’ll see flags, photos of the Beatles, and fun facts about the United Kingdom displayed on blackboards. Add British rock hits, and you have a feast for all of the senses.
While the patio experience doesn’t quite match the whimsical vibes of the restaurant’s interior, it’s certainly a pleasant place to hang out in the evening, when twinkling lights give the space a pleasant glow.
If you’re hoping to enjoy your fish and chips or pasty with an authentic English ale, you’re in luck. Your meal is best eaten alongside Boddingtons Pub Ale, which is served by the pint.
A few of our favorite menu items include the following:
Fish and Chips
This simple, but satisfying dish is a definite staple. Choose between hand-battered haddock or cod, both of which are flash frozen at sea to avoid chemicals or extra water. You’ll also receive chips and coleslaw with your meal.
The Drunken Leprechaun
Named for a reason, The Drunken Leprechaun burger is infused with whiskey to great effect. Served on a brioche bun, this burger is topped with mixed greens, tomato, and sautéed onions.
Jamaican Beef Curry Pasty
While you’ll find a variety of unique pasties on the menu, this is arguably the most interesting recipe. It includes beef curry, of course, but also peas, onions, and diced potatoes. You can enjoy your pasty on its own or as a combo meal featuring chips, coleslaw, and a drink.
Auntie Helen’s Waffle Berry Pasty
In addition to enjoying a modern take on a savory pasty, you’re welcome to try one of several available dessert pasties. When in doubt, order Auntie Helen’s Waffle Berry Pasty. Featuring mixed berries, waffle pieces, and a sweet cream sauce, this delightful pasty is best enjoyed alongside vanilla ice cream.
Whether your idea of the perfect English meal involves fish and chips or a unique take on the pasty concept, you’ll find something to love on the menu at Temperley’s British Eatery.
-Temperley’s British Eatery’s ordering process sometimes feels convoluted. Despite being seated when you arrive, you will probably end up ordering your meal at the bar. This isn’t as inconvenient as it seems, however, and once you’ve ordered, you’ll find that the service is prompt and friendly.
-If you’d like to eat alongside your pooch, you’re in luck; dogs are allowed in the patio area. Better yet, the waitstaff will bring your four-legged friend a personal water dish.
-If you’re feeling ambitious, ask your server about the Jack the Ripper challenge. If you manage to finish your burger, you’ll receive a free shirt and money back on your meal.