Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny
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4.5/5 rDev -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -0.4%
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 -3.9%
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
4.83/5 rDev +5.7%
This is by far my favorite pub in the area. Secluded location adds to a laid-back pub atmosphere. Interesting decor on walls/behind bar (tab handles, statues, signs, etc.) Relaxed outside seating along the Manatawny Creek with access to additional bar.
Great beer selection very impressive given the area. Lot's of locally available brews including Slyfox and Victory as well as an endless number of Belgians. Glassware selection is excellent. Draughts are always served in the appropriate vessels.
Friendly, knowledgeable service that offers recommendations and provides updates on availablity of new beers.
Food is top-notch. I recommend the wings or the fish & chips.
Be sure to bring extra cash in case the ATM is broken (credit/debit cards not accepted at bar).
10-05-2009 19:08:22 | More by kadelsjx
4.35/5 rDev -4.8%
I live relatively close to Union Jack's so I am a somewhat frequent customer... I've never really had a bad experience. Yeah, definately some better beer bars out there, but not to many in the Reading area. Service has always been good. Staff is knowledgeable in the different brews and I've always been able to find something exciting to drink. Can't get to into detail on all the food, but I can definately say that their wings are phenomenal. As far as prices go, I'd say that they're in line with other bars with the same food and beers. If your in the 20-40 minute drive radius, check it out.
06-21-2009 23:17:28 | More by bbeane
4.7/5 rDev +2.8%
My wife and I were in the Berks county area for other reasons but decided to find and try out this place for lupper (late lunch/early supper) and are quite pleased we did. It was a beautiful afternoon and so we sat on the upper patio enjoying the gentle breezes and the view of the grounds.
I was very impressed with the list of both draft beer and with the very very extensive list of bottled beer. The pricing seemed very reasonable. I also have the impression that the draft list I saw there matches quite well the list currently on their web site, suggesting that someone keeps the web site pretty current if you want to check that before you go.
In the end I wound up going with one of the evening's specials, which included a burger with lots of timmings and a happy hour pricing on a 16oz serving of a local DIPA on draft. My wife had the chicken fingers (almost always a safe choice for her when trying out the food in a new place).
The service was outstanding (which I'm sure was aided by the fact there were so few customers at the time we were there, but...) and friendly. We were able to chat for a while with the waitress and learn more about Union Jack's layout.
When the food was served it was hot and well prepared. We were both quite happy with the quality of the food and thought the fries that accompanied what we had were excellent.
I'm expecting we'll be going back
06-20-2009 19:53:07 | More by drtth
3.88/5 rDev -15.1%
My wife and I stopped in for the Easter Hopfest. Met up with a bunch of BA's around lunchtime. Started off with a glass of Russian River Pliny the Elder and placed my order for the burger special of the day - a Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger : bourbon glazed bacon, smoked gouda, and Boulder Mojo beer battered onion rings on a half pound burger. Everything about the burger was great except that I ordered it medium rare and when I got it, there was no pink to be found. It was still quite juicy, and not too killed, so I did not complain much. The Mojo Onion rings were killer, I should have tried to order an entire side of them. My wife had the Port Wrap - grilled chicken and portabella shrooms with spinach, feta on a pesto wrap. She was a fan of that. Due to the hopfest and all the people groveling over a sixtel of Pliny the Younger, the place was packed. Because of this, service suffered terribly. Too much attention to the time consuming sample flights. We waited around half an hour for each draft. That's unacceptable. Wish I would have been able to try a few more beers, but my patience wore thin. Didn't feel like wasting 2-3 hours there trying to get 2-3 more drafts. Prices for draft and bottles were a bit high for the location as well.
Edit - I've bumped the service from 1.5 to 3.0 after being contacted by management stating they will make things right on my next visit. That alone, after this review was posted just a few hours earlier, shows class on their part as well as a true concern for their customers satisfaction. I'll revisit this review on my next trip down to UJ's and update it accordingly.
04-13-2009 03:41:56 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.78/5 rDev -17.3%
This place it out in the sticks. I drive over an hour to get there. And I've done it several times. Why? Because it's been awesome. Awesomely awesome.
So, last time I made the trek, and found the tap selection to be completely off-season and medicore (at best!), I was more than a little disappointed. Onto the beer bible I went for U.Jack's bottle selection. Struck out here a few times.
This was a Monday. Barkeep said they were super busy over the weekend so things weren't what they should be. Wasn't buying it. Somebody dropped the ball.
It's still on my list. I still like the place. But when I'm closer to a whole barrel of brewpubs and awesome bars with selections that are always good, I'll think twice before spending almost 2.5 total hours in the car to sit at this bar and be disappointed by its lack of "world class" selections.
Food is good. I like it. But let's be honest. That's not why you're there. Not in a place like this.
There once was a place called Kclingers out in Hanover, PA. (Well, it still exists, but it's a shell of its former self.) Journeyed there one weekend last year. The owner's let it slip so badly - a place that used to boast THE best beer selection on the East Coast - that we got one bottle for every 10 we ordered. One. And the worst part? The barkeep mocked us for ordering from such a long outdated list.
I mention this only because this place used to be a beer mecca. I'm sure it started slipping, in much the same way U.Jack's did that recent and fateful December Monday afternoon I was just there. Hope it doesn't go that route and it was just a one-time blunder, a temporary glitch in the fantastic beerdom that is U.Jack's.
My next review after my next visit will tell as much. Fingers crossed, friends. Fingers crossed. World class establishments shouldn't slip up, not if they intend to remain world class.
02-03-2009 21:37:31 | More by BeerBishop
4.65/5 rDev +1.8%
A - Ok, this place in absolutely in the middle of nowhere, but very nice. Nice looking bar with some booths in the bar area. Didn't go into the dining area, but there is one. They frequently have live music on the weekends.
Q - Excellent, excellent beer. Great wings - best in the area, IMHO.
S - Was good I guess. Don't remember anything good or bad, which I guess makes it good.
S - Best beer selection you'll find in this area. Lot's of local favorites, stuff you won't find anywhere else.
F - Loved the wings, loved the fresh cut fries, and the crab dip was to die for.
V - A little pricy, especially the food. But I drive 20 minutes to get these wings for take out. Worth the price. They only take cash, which is a bit of a pain. Who only takes cash these days??? But they do have an ATM on site.
12-31-2008 01:16:27 | More by smedley
Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny in Boyertown, PA
99 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.