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Mayfair & Pine tweaks pub fare

For former Top Chef contestant Emily Sprissler, the honeymoon can last forever.

Inspired by her honeymoon to London, the Anglophile and her husband have just opened Mayfair & Pine in Glover Park.

Sprissler's husband, Jason Cote, is chef de cuisine at the modernized gastropub. Together, the duo brightens British classics, stuffing shepherd's pie into Mason jars ($11), and serving beef Wellington ($12) as "nibbles," small bites wrapped in puff pastry. Creamed corn becomes a light soup of roasted corn spiked with Champagne vinegar and sweet crabmeat ($9). Instead of English pints, the pair serves D.C. Brau's The Public American ale ($6) and Port City's Optimal Wit ($6).

Twin slabs of battered and fried cod ($15) are chipper-good, the golden shells holding delicate, flaky interiors. The accompanying tartar sauce is spiked with pickles, capers and garlic to electrify each bite.

In honor of more American pursuits, the restaurant serves a roast-turkey sandwich ($12) with the meat served over herb-laced stuffing shaped like a slice of bread. The lot is topped with tangy cranberry aioli and surrounded by gravy-laden whipped potatoes.

Sprissler's newest feat is Saturday breakfast–including a full English breakfast with bangers, eggs and mushrooms ($9)–to accompany the debut of Premier League marathons on Saturdays.

Mayfair & Pine, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW (between W & Hall pls.); 202-333-2090 or mayfairandpine.com

Editor's Note: Mayfair & Pine has closed.