Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny
Taps: 17 / Bottles: 250
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 42 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by rdrummer:
4.85/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I finally got a chance to give UJ's on the Manatawny a visit for an early Sunday lunch. Many things have been said about the location because it seems to be in the middle of nowhere. It is actually not hard to find and the spot where it is situated is beautiful. The building is well maintained and the inside was spotless.
The bar was quiet but it was early. Tom, the Manager (Owner?) was friendly, beer savvy, and easy to talk to. The taps were incredible with two Russian River beers, including Pliny the Elder, Nugget Nectar, and Speakeasy Big Daddy with 7 or 8 others. There were only one or two macros, which is strange for the area.
The food was very good. There were three soups on the menu, salads, other appetizers, a bunch of burgers with combinations of toppings, veggie burgers, and some more hearty platters. We had the crab soup, the Italian Wedding soup, and the pulled barbecue pork sandwich, which came with fries and coleslaw. A very hearty repast, even though my wife and I split the sandwich.
The bottle selection is huge. I wouldn't want to make a guess how many bottles were on hand but it had to be more than 150. I selected an assortment of bottles that I can't get in southern NJ and ended up with 11 bottles. Tom threw in an aged bottle of Cantillon Kriek Lambic that I really look forward to trying. I also picked up two more Russian River beers, Temptation and Damnation, the Middle Ages 10th Anniversary Ale, and the Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs. Tom also took $2 off the bottle price for each bottle since I was taking they with me.
This is a destination place that I will definitely be returning to. I have family in Pottstown and Boyertown so the trip for me is not a long one. In fact, it's a pleasant drive.
02-20-2006 15:23:12 | More by rdrummer
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4.05/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I love this place.
It is located in an out-of-the-way setting along the banks of the Manatawny Creek. Inside, it's a nice dimly lit pub. Outside, you can sit on the expansive patio at umbrella tables.
The food is great traditional pub food, fairly priced.
The tap list is always interesting and changes often. The draught menu is descriptive, informational, and often includes staff reviews. And I love it that they have Yuengling for the unadventurous, but the description just says "Duh." The bottle list is big and outstanding. And the staff is knowledgeable.
One of my favorite things is the free music on Sundays in the summer out in the band shell on the lawn. Bring your family and some chairs or blankets, sip some great beer, and listen to music. It is absolutely one of my top places to hear a band.
I go here every chance I get, and regret every time I have to drive by the road which leads to it and don't have time to stop.
07-06-2013 21:28:46 | More by candcholt
4.38/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Had dinner and beer here on a Saturday night with some friends.
We sat in the bar area, not the dining room which had a nice pub feel to it, although a pit cramped, they fit in as many booths as possible. L shaped bar. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great so we didn't get a chance to check out their patio.
Quality of beer on their tap and bottle list was excellent, with an array of American craft beer and Belgian imports. An array of styles, so easy to find something for every palate- including some craft hard cider for my wife.
Service was good, our waiter was friendly and checked on us often. Food was tasty, our group stuck with standard bar food of wings, sandwiches, burgers, etc. They had some dinner entrees on the menu too.
My rating of $$ was based on the draft prices that were reasonable. Menu clearly indicated size and cost. Some of the limited release bottles on their list were a bit pricey.
09-25-2012 15:34:46 | More by jmdrpi
4.64/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in here for their Hoppy Easter event. I was expecting to get some Pliny the Younger that day but apparently they couldn't get a keg which sucks. The place is a lot larger than I thought it would be. The pub area is tiny but the dining area is a little large with a nice banquet area in the back. There is plenty of decor on the walls to look at. The selection of beers is very impressive. The service was very good, incredibly friendly people there. I wasn't able to get any food there that day. The only gripe I had about this place was that when we pulled up it was a cash only event. I'm not sure if it's like that all the time or if it was just because of the event they were having. Overall, I would hit this place up again one day in a heartbeat. I really enjoyed it there and would love to experience more of it soon.
05-15-2012 03:59:40 | More by Knapp85
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my go-to pub. It takes some driving to get to, but that is part of why I like it. Union Jack's is located in the heart of Berks County farmland and, as the name suggests, is settled alongside the Manatawny River. This is especially nice in the spring and summer when they have their patio open and you can enjoy some open-air dining/drinking. Other seating options are the dining room or the bar area which are decorated in dark wood and English pub signs.
The menu is typical English Pub style with the highlights being fish and chips and a nice selection of burgers. They also offer a nice selection of wings with 8 or so different flavor selections.
The beer selection is second-to-none for Berks County with 10-12 selections on tap and probably 100 more in bottles. This may seem overwhelming to those new to the craft-brew world, but the knowledgeable wait-staff are great at making recommendations that match your taste. They are also skilled at recommending brews that you may have overlooked otherwise.
Union Jack's is a haven for fans of IPA's and Belgians and the beers are very fairly priced.
03-19-2012 12:57:31 | More by Doorman1810
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Went to this place for some brews only. Would love to go back for some grub next time.... along with their world class selections of brews.
In the middle of Gods country; farms and nothing else around it. For a guy who comes from the city and now resides in a city like suburb; this place is out there.
Nice big parking lot and outdoor seating. Dark pub like atmosphere with lots of wood and tables to go along with the booths. Good size bar. Lots of pictures of breweries and beer stuff along the walls.
Huge bottle selection with lots of rare brews. Great draft selection with. Very reasonable prices. Good efficient service as well. You can really see they care about the customer and they are beer geeks as well. Was told by a member of the staff they get their beer descriptions from BA's website - nice.
Would love to venture back here again to sample some food to go along with the brews. Awesome beer selection and a good pub-like atmosphere to enjoy it in.
08-14-2011 17:02:28 | More by magine
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place was great. I've been wanting to go here for some time and finally made it. When we arrived, I noticed it was a very charming place in the middle of nowhere. We walked into the bar, but chose to sit outside on the phenomenal patio area.
The beer selection was great, about 15 taps, unfortunately there were only a few I personally was interested in, but in the upcoming area, I saw several I was into. The bottle list, however, was fantastic! They had 4 RRs, FW Abacus (which I split with my GF)and many great selections. Bar tenders were knowledgeable and very helpful.
We split a crab dip app, which was really good. We then split a turkey burger w/ sweet potato fries, again another awesome selection.
Overall, this place is a hit! I can't wait to go back.
07-10-2011 02:42:15 | More by DaveHack
4.55/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to the Manatawny location for their 3rd Annual Hopfest with a sick-ass line up. I can't believe I went to school 15 minutes from here for fourish years and never went here. Kicks rocks...
"There's no way that a beer bar is out in this area."- me on the way up. I was wrong, Manatawny's Union Jack's is a beer bar destination and a regular/local joint, and I spotted a group of biker's as well. A great mix of people. The Inn reminded me of a 'Great Outdoors' type of place with old wood and a homey feel. There is a bar area with tables, a middle room dining area with tables, and a banquet type room with a small bar area serving Hopslam when I looked. There is a upstairs to and I don't want to imagine all the foolishness that goes on up there. With all of that, an outside dining/drinking area with seating and a great view. I would drink here all day if I could, outside at least.
The quality is up there. Clean lines from what I could tell and a clean place inside and outside. The bathrooms were clean and nice looking, very relaxing, but I digress. Clean glassware and different types for different styles. The bottles were refrigerated without light so that freshness and skunkness are kept in check. The outside area looked beautiful.
I had no problems with the service, not to pushy but informative when asked some simple questions. Water filled when needed, not to mention the beer. I was up at the bar so I can't comment on table service, but from the looks of it, im going to have to eat and drink outside next time, all to easy to have a good time.
Well, I drove about an hour or so to get here from philly, so the selection is top notch, no need to drive away from philly to get good beer. It was a hopfest and I got there late to avoid the crowd but I had two top notch IPA's plus a hopslam and something in between. I also saw a plethora of bottles of beer that I want to drink, a vast selection, Im not going to spill any beans here, but there are some gems up there.
The food was spot on to. Having already had the Union Jack's wings's at the other two locations, I opted for some duck quesadillas which were superb. I also got some asiago crab dip and something else which I forget. In short, the food menu is much more vast than the other locations. And it's good as well.
Well, this place is the shit, it's just, how do I say this, what I want in a bar. I just wish I knew about it sooner. I would of lived here in the early 2000's. This is a place that Im coming back to if they have a great line up going on, it is a bit out of the way. This place is great!!
04-09-2010 05:59:42 | More by BARFLYB
4.39/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by here before crashing at a hotel in Douglassville. A little bit out of the way...actually in the middle of nowhere!
The bar reminds me of something you would see in a ski resort. Lots of natural wood...kind of a rustic feel.
They have lots of high end brews here...both on tap and in bottles. You can read what they have available from beer menu place cards.
I was there pretty late on a Wednesday night, but from what I could tell, everyone there was a beer person...which may or may not always be the case.
Great little place that I will seek out again if I am in the area.
The only bad thing is that they do not take plastic...at least not when I was there...
01-26-2010 14:24:38 | More by mgbickel
Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny in Boyertown, PA
99 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.