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Cameron's Pub and Inn entices with a monster pumpkin.
Cameron's Pub and Inn entices with a monster pumpkin.

English Pub With Double Decker Bus, Giant Pumpkin

Field review by the editors.

Half Moon Bay, California

The sun never sets on British-style pubs where you can get your fix of bangers and mash and a pint.

Ye Olde Stocks and the British Lion.
Ye Olde Stocks and the British Lion.

A union jack flag flutters along the California coast at the intensely British-themed Cameron's Pub. Outside there's a London double-decker bus and taxi, a red phone booth, a stocks and pillory, and other touches of England. A British lion quaffs a pint.

The bus is open for exploration as the World's Only Double Decker Smoking Bus.

Owner Cameron Palmer, the son of a Scotsman, continues to add garish touches of fantasy England to his family attraction. As a kid growing up in the U.S., he accumulated thousands of (empty) beer cans of every brand and label. The 20,000+ collection is stacked and displayed over the bar (recognized as the "Largest Collection of Beer Cans in a Pub," we are told by the barkeep).

The 100-year-old building housing the inn has its own colorful history, including stints as a brothel and site of a couple of sordid murders in the 1930s. Cameron's maintains a few rooms above the pub for overnight guests -- in this case, B&B stands for Bed and Beverage, because they "don't do breakfast." When we visited, Palmer was in the middle of adding a larger/normal hotel on the property adjacent to the pub.

Cameron's 2,000+ beer can collection.
Cameron's 2,000+ beer can collection.

Half Moon Bay conducts an annual Pumpkin Festival, which might explain the incongruity of a giant pumpkin beneath the sign for Cameron's Inn. It's a record-breaker too; at over 5 tons, it's the World's Largest Sculpted Pumpkin, created by Peter Hazel, according to the accompanying sign.

English Pub With Double Decker Bus, Giant Pumpkin

Cameron's British Pub

1410 Cabrillo Hwy., Half Moon Bay, CA
Cameron's British Pub, south of town on west side of Hwy 1 at Wavecrest Rd.
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