The Whip Tavern
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Erix:
4/5 rDev -3.1%
This place is great. A renovated dive bar, it has been transformed into a nice, relatively authentice English pub. Very clean, this place manages to be both dark (from the decor) and well lit (from the focused lighting) which actually works out nicely. This place really earned it's 5 on the atmosphere by banning smoking before 9pm. Only serving beer, the quality tends to be very good, except for one sour Old Peculiar and some year old Celebration Ale. However, a bottle of Heinekin that a friend got was not skunked, which is a good sign. The selection, while not incredibly large, is deep. On top of the crap you find everywhere, there is a good selection of english and english style ales both on tap and in the bottle, as well as a nice seasonal selection that changes regularly. Last I was there, the seasonal bottle selection included Magic Hat St. Gootz, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Sam Smiths Winter Warmer, Sierra Celebration, and several more. Good stuff. I had the smoked fish platter, which was delicious, but the food tends to the high end. Well well worth a visit, despite it's location in the middle of nowhere.
12-30-2005 05:45:16 | More by Erix
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4.13/5 rDev 0%
Stopped in for brunch with Jes and my mom on a cold but beautifully sunny Sunday morning. We arrived early at about 11:15 and had our choice of tables. Its a good thing we did because within twenty minutes or so the place was packed. I loved the look of the interior. Dark, lovingly worn wood on the floors and high up on the walls as well. I was disappointed to see a half dozen or so TV's, but there was still a happy buzz of conversation.
The tap selection was mostly English, along with Bud Light, Yuengling, and a couple of locals. I had a Wee-heavy from Sly Fox on the hand pump which was a great way to start the day. The bottle selection comprised probably forty or so bottles, again, mostly English.
Our server was friendly but a nit spacey. We were greeted promptly and we didn't wait long for anything after that.
The food was excellent. I started with a Scotch egg hat I loved and moved on to an outstanding plate of Steak and eggs. I tried a Bite of my wife's bubble and squeak which was also quite good. The prices were a bit high, but given the quality and the emphasis on local goods, I have no problem calling it a good value. I certainly look forward to return visit, hopefully when its warm enough to enjoy the lovely patio overlooking a stream.
03-28-2011 12:08:02 | More by DIM
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
Reviewed from notes made in August 09 and just entered.
Having a weekday off, my wife and I went to the Whip Tavern for lunch on one of those days where the temperature and humidity were perfect for a quiet lunch on the terrace.
The menu features several dishes normally found in Britain and prepared just as you might find them there. Since it was not very crowded that day, service was good and we had a chance to chat with the young woman who seemed to enjoy working there (always a good sign). While waiting for our order my wife and I spent some time chatting and just enjoying the day and the view of the country side. The food arrived in a timely fashion, was well prepared and quite good.
The tap list, and some of the bottle list, make concessions to what American tourists might expect to be found drinking in Britain, but also strongly emphasizes local craft beers. In addition the bottle list has a strong representation of UK beers which are seldom found elsewhere (e.g., there are a couple of Scottish Gruits on the bottle list).
The Whip is a place that emphasizes, local, fresh and green, and just feels like the kind of place to go for an afternoon or evening to sit around over a pint and chat with your friends. One of the things I liked about The Whip was that while a few things remind you that you are not in England, the owners have created a reasonable version of an English-style rural Pub that captures the spirit of that type of place rather than just imitate the stereotype.
01-17-2010 13:01:37 | More by drtth
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
A nice local out here in horse country. Good food menu, basic taps including Guinness, Smithwicks, Tetleys, no casks. Nice English bottle list including St Peters, Welsh ESB, Fullers, Youngs, etc. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it. Nice feel, service is friendly but not always knowledgeable. Lunch menus is very strong, some events in the evenings. Is off the beaten path, south of East Fallowfield, but definitely worth getting out to. Dinner menu is very good, horse racing and European football on several TVs.
04-18-2009 02:34:06 | More by mhatters
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
The Whip is located in what is considered to be Springdell, PA in beautiful Chester County. This establishment is truly out of the way but well worth getting to. The Whip has been open for approximately 2.5 months as of this review (9/7/2005) and is essentially an english country pub.
It is located in the heart of Chester County's horse country but don't beleive for a minute this is some high brow yuppy horsey bar. The exterior is an attractive white stucco with copper gutters and downsputs and terra cotta chimney caps. Upon entering, the bar is right in front with a small "lounge" area immediately to the right. There is an oversized firepalce hearth with an HDTV above the mantel.
The bar carries mostly UK Imports on the draft list including, Bodington's, Guiness, Tetley and others. A representative collection of Philadelphia regional craft brewers is avialble in bottles. The Whip ONLY sells beer. There is no wine or liquor available but patrons may BYO. The food is fantastic. I've had the smoked fish, stuffed mushroom, welsh rarebit appetizers - the guisness infused vinagarette salad dressing is not to be missed, and the Scallops, Beef Wellington, and the chicken entre are all tasty and good values.
I've recently learned the place is also open for lunch now.
If one feels the need to be in authentic feeling, looking, and smelling country pub in the Philadelphia area, this is the place. Another really nice attribute is that there is NO SMOKING anywhere within the place until after 9:00 p.m. and then only in the bar/lounge areas. As a smkoer myself, I think this is a really good policy and might be adopted by others.
My Hat's off to this really cool and IMHO nice place.
09-07-2005 16:16:27 | More by maybrick
The Whip Tavern in Coatesville, PA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.