McMenamins Old St. Francis School
Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 6
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by gixxerman:
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
This complex is pretty cool. You can grab a draft in the brewpub and meander around the property, this is actually encouraged. Another nice touch is the theater, were you can sip a pint while catching a flick. It was about 6 degrees F while I was there, so the outdoor activities were null.
There selection wasn't that impressive, I think 5 house beers. I stayed with the Terminator Stout - no complaints.
On a Tuesday night, it was not crowded at all at the bar. The bar was about 50% and there was not a wait for a table. We grabbed seats at the bar. there are a few pubs on the property, we were at the ones near the brewing equipment.
I would consider it a must see, and if I go back I would try to stay on the property in one of the bungalows.
02-08-2009 19:46:42 | More by gixxerman
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3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
For some reason I thought this place was somewhere on the outskirts of town, whereas in reality, it's right on Bond Street, a short couple of blocks from Deschutes. As it was around lunch time, we decided to pop into the pub for quick bite and a beer. The main pub/restaurant is pretty decent size, with lots of wood all around, giving the place the appearance of an old, English style pub. As is typical with McM's outposts, there were plenty of plants, the usual artwork, and even a couple of TV sets. There's a horseshoe shaped bar area as you walk up the short stairs in from the street, with the dining area spread out all around, back from the bar. This is definitely a comfortable spot to hang out with a beer or three on a warm afternoon in Bend.
As for the beer selection, there was the usual line-up of Ruby, Terminator Stout and Hammerhead, along with a pils I hadn't seen before, a couple of IPA's, a wheat, an ESB and maybe the black rabbit porter. For a McM's, I thought the pub had a fairly good selection, and I'm guessing having an on-site brewery probably has a lot to do with that. I got the pils to go with my lunch (the nachos with pulled pork), and as is fairly typical, it was a solid offering, but certainly nothing that would make me forget about the Heater Allen version or the Upright pils (the two best I've encountered so far in the NW). In any event, it went well with the nachos.
Service was prettty good. Our orders came fairly quickly, and I felt like our waitress was making an extra effort to make sure we were well taken care of, and were satisfied with our meal. The food here was much like the beer; nothing exraordinary, but decent, satisfying and filling otherwise. The tavern salad the GF got had plenty of veggies, and everything was very fresh tasting. Prices were fairly reasonable. I think my beer, the salad and the nachos came to around $27.
This is a solid place, but there is a lot to do and see in Bend, and frankly the food here paled in comparison to every other place we ate at over the weekend. Likewise, the beer here is decent, but hardly anything to write home about, and it's pretty hard to imagine picking any of the McM stable of beers over what you can find all over town from Boneyard. My guess is that we won't be back any time soon.
05-27-2014 19:28:58 | More by John_M
3.86/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
My wife and I just returned from our second overnight stay at Old St Francis School in as many years: last spring it was for 1 night so we could attend a pair of back-to-back concerts (The Shins the first night, followed by Tenacious D(!) the second) and this time for the Bend Brewfest. I'll revue both as a hotel and as a pub, because we slept, ate and drank on each visit.
We're very familiar with the McMenamins signature quirkiness, given that we live in Portland and often frequent Kennedy School, which is near our home. Old St Francis feels a bit like Kennedy School Lite - a much tinier version of a schoolhouse setting with fewer gardens, a smaller theater and "only" 3 pub options (the main Pub, the Fireside Bar (our favorite) and O'Kanes - in a former garage). As for rooms, the walls are covered in knotty pine and furniture is cushy, bathrooms are tiled and have walk-in showers. TVs and phones are included (something which not all McM hotels have...). Bed was slightly creaky but quite comfortable and the thick curtains kept out both the morning sun and any minor street noise. We stayed in the "Klondike Kate" room this visit and "Delores Friberg" room; all 19 rooms are named for historic/colorful characters in the town/school's past.
OSF does have a brewery on-site and the beers (beyond familiar McM standards like Hammerhead, Terminator, Ruby, etc) are mostly above average. On this visit, my wife favored the Black Zombie Porter and I really liked "Check Yer Coffeepot", a golden coffee ale. Among others they served: Stone Haven English Brown, Wildflower Wheat, Hop Island ISA, Note Taker IPA and a red ale of nitro (Red Beerd). Pints are proper, temps are good... really I've been very satisfied with the beers here. Good job in the brewery, guys!
Food has been a little hit-or-miss, with some Cajun Tater Tots arriving inedibly salty/overseasoned last visit and perfectly delicious this time. A burger on the last visit was overcooked, but the pretzel this time was doughy and awesome (although the cheese for dipping was soupy and thin). Best option was the gooey and savory Mac & Cheese, we've ordered it both visits. It's not on the Fireside Pub menu, but they'll fetch you some from the kitchen next door if you ask.
Service on all visits has been solid. McMenamins' places have a somewhat deserved reputation for service issues, but our experiences at this location have been good. Nick took care of us on this visit and he was attentive, quick with food & drink - all you could ask. Same goes for the hotel staff - friendly, efficient, not overly chatty - but certainly on their game.
Worth visiting for a beer or food... or an overnight stay (booking in advance recommended). We'll definitely return!
08-19-2013 18:16:14 | More by msubulldog25
McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend, OR
87 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.