The Olde Ship Fullerton
Open 11am to 11pm (Kitchen closes at 10pm)
Born in Epsom, England, a suburb of London, Doug Collier emigrated to the U.S. in 1980 to work in the marketing department of Beckman Coulter in Brea California. In 1993, fulfilling a lifelong ambition, he opened The Old Ship Restaurant and Pub in downtown Fullerton at the site of a former French delicatessen.
The pub had no televisions because he insisted conversation would be the entertainment.
The restaurant draws local residents and British expatriates from throughout Southern California. Many times, it is a first stop for British travelers to Southern California who crave a taste of home.
He opened the second pub in Santa Ana in 2000 with the insistence that both locations continue to serve patrons after his death. He was a Fullerton resident, but also had a cottage in Dorset, England, near his mother's home and visited there often. He was an avid fan of English soccer and Formula One auto and super bike motorcycle racing. On April 30th 2006, Doug Collier, at the age of 62, passed away of lung cancer. Simon Collier took over The Olde Ship in 2006.