Horse & Hound Gastropub
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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
3.39/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
It kills me to ding this place because I love the idea of it and want it to be good. I've probably been here about 10 times. The food here is solid to good and a decent value (although it can run to expensive). The beers, while not common to Charlottesville, are fairly expensive. Despite the pub aspect, staff in my experience is not particularly knowledgeable about the beer. Also, and this just my narrow opinion, the owner is a bit of a hustler in that his PR for the place outruns your experience there.
I had a horrific experience there about a year ago and have had hard time coming back despite being formerly a frequent patron. After hearing the owner/chef on the radio about wanting local folks (not just tourists) come in, I came with my family to have some of their Mardi Gras menu. After ordering, we did not see our waitress or food for 45 minutes. Finally our food was brought out by the hostess and my food was cold. Not not-hot or lukewarm, but cold. After waiting in vain for ANY staff to appear for about 15 minutes, I finally wandered into the next room and caught the hostess coming out of the kitchen. I explained that my food was cold (the rest of our order was just warm enough). After another 15 minutes, our long-lost waitress (really, we are about to start calling emergency rooms to see if she was OK), brought my jambalaya with no apology and said that the chef had heated it up just for me, as if I should be honored by that. After finally getting our check and leaving, on the way to our car we saw the whole staff loading a catering truck. It just seemed like the whole experience was an F-U to the local, non-tourist patron. I did email the restaurant about our experience, got no reply.
It kills me to write this stuff as I've worked in restaurants and bars for over 10 years. I'm the customer that bends over backwards to rationalize any mishaps that might happen to a place on a given visit, much to the chagrin of whomever is dining with me. The food is actually decent but more often than not you'll leave with a nasty taste in your mouth.
12-15-2013 17:09:12 | More by seanchai
3.99/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Pretty good beer selection on tap (some of these are served by the liter), and *really* good food. In fact, the latter is a little bit more impressive than the former. Staff is friendly, the service is very good, and the atmosphere is great. Recommended.
09-08-2013 01:49:07 | More by McBraniel
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice spot to take out of town'ers. Atmosphere is relaxed. Patio is right off Main street and makes for a great summer outside dining experience. Overall quality is excellent. Service is good, friendly, and knowledgeable. Bar is small, but unique. Beer selection is good and varies often. I personall think the beer is a bit pricy, but they do get stuff that no one else seems to put on tap, so i guess it's justified. The food is outstanding. I go here for the food, and they just happend to have great beer. A win-win. Food is well preiced for quality. A must stop while in C-ville.
02-08-2011 16:21:01 | More by PreacherBrewer
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Overall, great spot. Friday, apr 30th stopped in becaus they were tapping a cask of 18 month oak aged aventinus eisbock - talk about amazing. At around six dollars for a generous five oz pour, it was a value in my mind, though that speaks more toward the quality of the brew. Atmosphere and service were top notch, and the owners/operators are also the head chef and pastry chef(?), and they are very involved, constantly greeting and engaging all customers, particularly at the bar area, which is seperate from a functional, small dini g area. Great patio, constantly roaring tap selection that is very heavy on English ang German brews. When I was there, they had also just had a left hand dinner so widdershins, juju ginger, their double esb and others were on tap next to jever pils, twisted thistle ipa, stone Cali-belgique, and others that escape me. Also serve beer in three sizes of glass boots, largest being 4l. Limited exposure to food, but have sampled chicken salad, steak and salmon, all executed well. Support a quality local cville spot, come in and check these guys out. Again, the patio should be mention again, as it's one of the best in town.
05-02-2010 23:22:40 | More by BIGJ870
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in as an alternative to Ludwigs Snitzel House on a business trip - which appears to be closed. The best thing about this place is they serve every beer in the appropriate glass (EVERY SINGLE BRAND) - not sure how to rate this on the category rankings for it is pretty rare - so I ranked it under service. Worth a stop just for that.
Friendly atmosphere at the bar - bartender very helpful however not too knowledgeable on the actual brewing of beer - but pretty good on the brews he had on tap and what a customer might like .
Beers on tap the night I was there were Bitburger Pils, Erdinger Hefe, Fullers Pale Ale, Belhaven, Maredsous Tripel, Aventinus Doppelbock, Ommegang Hennepin and a few others. They indicated that they have 12 taps looking to expand to 16.
As food goes - had the flat iron steak - unremarkable other than the horseradish sauce - very good - it made the meal.
Overall worth a stop. Food was Little pricey but the beer was about average for the good stuff on tap.
07-01-2008 03:41:09 | More by flood
Horse & Hound Gastropub in Charlottesville, VA
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