By Pamela Bieri
When British-born Ron Fletcher opened his restaurant in 1966, he launched more than a restaurant: His first fine-dining establishment also launched Rancho Mirage’s famed Restaurant Row. Now, almost five decades later, Lord Fletcher’s remains an icon that continues to serve great food and celebrate English culture.
Ron’s son, Michael Fletcher, now manages the restaurant and welcomes many generations of Lord Fletcher guests to this English country house-inspired establishment. Inside the white Tudor-style building on Highway 111 at Country Club is a virtual visit to England.
From a famous A. Egerton Cooper portrait of Winston Churchill, photos of Queen Elizabeth, the late Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana, to 200-year-old lithographs of Shakespearian scenes and 19th century Vanity Fair etchings, Lord Fletcher’s is a treasure trove of British art. More artifacts on paneled walls and huge post-and-beams include brass and pewter mugs and tankards, swords and lances, a fox-hunting horn, brass horse harness fittings, fine china plates, and an amazing collection of Royal Dalton Toby ceramic mugs.
Tapestry wing-back and brass-tacked leather armchairs with polished wood tables and the massive double-open fireplace mantled by a rough beam adds to Lord Fletcher’s authentic country-squire atmosphere.
Some of the classic dinner selections include a signature Roast Prime Rib of Beef served with Yorkshire pudding and creamed spinach; extralarge Lamb Shank with Garlic Mashed Potatoes; and Chicken and Dumplings with Garden Vegetables. Soup of the day or house salad with Palace dressing is included, or opt for lettuce wedge with blue cheese.
Nightly specials range from a beer-braised New York steak on Tuesdays to Barbequed Beef Ribs on Saturdays.
Lord Fletcher’s proudly serves Fuller’s London Pride ales and porters in addition to domestic and imported beers, California wines and handcrafted cocktails. Open from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are recommended.
Lord Fletcher’s Restaurant
70385 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270