British Beer Company
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 64
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by beer2day:
4/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located just up the road from the Natick shopping area.
Large bar in the round with lots of booths (high booths) and tables around. Small outside area.
As the name suggests, lots of British beer available with several good finds. They have a beer engine, but it is currently out of service.
Really stopped in to get some local beer, though, and disappointed to learn that they have dropped Jack Abbey for the short term. Did have a Mayflower IPA and a Six Point on tap.
Good food offerings with pizzas, nice entree salads, and good sandwiches. Not very crowded for a Friday afternoon, but a respectable crowd.
Good place to get an English pint and a decent meal.
08-24-2011 02:01:57 | More by beer2day
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4.59/5 rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Came here last night with a buddy after doing a tasting at Jack's Abby Brewery down the road. I have been to the Walpole and Franklin locations and I'm a huge fan of BBC.
We got there around 7:30 on a Friday, so it was pretty busy but we only had to wait about 15 minutes for a table.
The service was great, our waiter gave us a complimentary basket of housemade chips which were delicious. Also, pretty much every table had a good view of the bruins game which was a plus for us.
The beer selection was pretty solid in my opinion. They have all the classic British beers on tap--Boddington's, Hobgoblin, Monty Python's Holy Grail, etc. They also had a good selection of other brews such as Mayflower IPA and Scotch Ale, Arrogant Bastard, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, and Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout. I settled on an Arrogant Bastard and a Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout which were both great. The bottle list is also solid, with plenty of Samuel Smith plus a decent selection of American craft brews.
The food is standard pub fare but that's all we were looking for. Solid selection of sandwiches, burgers, and pizza, and also classic British entrees and pies. My reuben was great and my friend enjoyed his burger. Overall, this place is great and I recommend it highly for the food, the beer, the atmosphere and good prices. My main reason for such a high rating this occasion was definitely the superb service.
05-11-2013 13:42:56 | More by Mikecap
4.7/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
went here for the first time yesterday with a few friends. very good beer selection, especially if you enjoy english beer....fullers, sam smith, wychwood, etc...
i chose a mayflower ipa and a smuttynose ipa. both were fresh and cold.
the burgers are very very good too. good price, good staff, check that, great staff!
i like the atmosphere, feels a lot like a pub in england, just a bit larger in scale
i recommend this place. very much. more words needed to fill the minimum requirement....more words more words...
08-28-2011 17:06:38 | More by funkel81
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After a day of shopping in the Natick/Framingham area, my wife and I stopped by here for dinner. Packed house when we walked in. Lots of kids and teenagers with families. Reminded of a crowd that eats at Appleby's. The inside reminded me of a TGI Fridays version of a British pub: there's nothing wrong with it, but we're still on a strip mall on a highway near a cheap hotel. It just seems to be trying so hard that it's out of place. We are told there's a 45 minute wait for tables, but there are several open near the bar. But, since we are only a party of two and those are four seaters, we have to wait. Dumb policy. Lots of tvs here to pass the time. Good selection of beers here. Bottles were ok, but drafts looked better. Half of the drafts were Brit beers, and the other half craft beers. I went with the Thomas Hooker Oktoberfest on cask, and my wife got a Shipyard Pumpkin. Prices were roughly $6 a pint. Finally seated, and dinner was good. American and Brit pub food featured. My bbq ribs were tasty, and my wife liked her burger. For second round, ordered a Hobgoblin draft, and my wife had a Paulaner. I'll give them credit. They are trying to create a cool pub atmosphere and serve good food and craft beers. The lack of pretty much anything like this bar in the area aids their success, though when it comes down to it, it's a pretty cookie cutter joint.
11-08-2009 05:25:40 | More by morebeergood
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Arrived ~1pm on a Thursday. Virtually empty place, had entire backside of bar to myself. Nice size big screen in front of me to watch some footie.
Noticed some aged brews. Ordered a Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout, ended up very sad, you can read my review here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/164/438/?ba=JasonA
PLEASE, DO NOT KEEP YOUR VINTAGE BEERS IN THE REFRIDGERATOR!!!
Then ordered 2 Thomas Hardy's at ~$15 a pop. I splurged since I cant find them anywhere and they are my favorite.
I ordered a pastrami sammich, which was only $10 and great. It came with sweet potatoe chips instead of fries, nice change. Also, the homeade pickle was excellent.
Wait staff was outstanding, if you read my review, they didnt charge me for the 2 oxidized beers. The steward 'Kat' was awesome to talk to and was interested in the footie match also, she made my experience much better.
Best selection ive seen in my limited MA life. Havnt been to a place yet that offers vintage heavy craft beers, so I might be a bit biased.
They did have Chimay White, DFH 90, and casks available which was impressive. I hope to make it back sooner rather than later.
06-26-2009 13:37:48 | More by JasonA
2.13/5 rDev -46.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$$
Had lunch this weekend to check out the place and to get out of the house with the wife and baby. Faux Irish type bar/dining room with dark wood - dining room was pretty dark on a sunny afternoon. Oddly placed TV in the corner seemed out of place in the dining room.
Decent selection of English ales that you can find in area stores as well, but mostly mediocre crafts/imports on tap and bottle with a couple of decent items like Arrogant Bastard, 60 $ 90 min. IPA as their top craft selections. Some pretty expensive aged bottles of English ale too like JW Lees.
But the downfall of this place is the food and service. Most items are straight off the Sysco truck and just fancily described on the menu. I had the steak "tips" which was just some low end steak cut into chunks - ordered medium and they came well done, and they must paint the grill lines on because this shoe leather of a steak had zero flavor. Its a pretty bad sign of the state of your restaurant if you can't at least make a palatable steak tip plate when just about any restaurant does in New England - even the 99. "Panko" breaded green beans on the side were just your run of the mill breaded frozen vegetable from a box with no flavor and disgusting mushy texture. Wifes grilled chicken sandwich arrived unlike it was described with no pesto and with so much balsamic dressing that she could not pick the sandwich up - ciabatta bread was obviously microwaved since it seazed up into a brick like substance by the time she finished half of it. AMAZING food? you gotta be kidding, this was a typical Sysco fry house - and they can't even pull that off. The 99 runs circles around this joint. You might be saying, maybe you were there on a bad day. You might be right, but I feeling that a majority of their days are bad ones.
Service was mostly young 20 something girls who would rather stand around chatting at the computer than see if you need another drink or bring your bill, or cash you out after dropping the bill off. Our waitress seemed more interested in going home than actually working.
Why this place is always packed is a sign of the times for sure and proof the H.L. Mencken was correct when he said "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public." Although I am not a big fan of John Harvard's across the street, but they offer better service and food for a better price - as well as more interesting beer imo. I know I won't be back to this or any other BBC any time soon.
02-16-2009 19:24:49 | More by Longstaff
4.7/5 rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Went here tonight during a business trip in Boston. Very huge place. Free valet parking. They have about 30-40 beers on tap and about as many in bottles. Lots of British beer as well as some other selections such as Shipyard, Harpoon, Sam Adams, ect. The best part of the visit, however, was the food. AMAZING food. BBQ cheese onion strings for appetizer. A great Ruben for an entree. Really solid food. Much more affordable than I thought it would be too. Most entrees cost around $7-$8. Overall a very solid bar/grill. I highly recommend coming here if you are in the Boston area.
02-06-2009 01:37:49 | More by Bagman007
4.13/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The British Beer Company is located on the Right hand side, heading East, in the Shoppers Mecca that is Framingham along route 9, directly accros from Shoppers World(yes Shoppers World with John Harvard's Brew House).
The interior is what might be described as Cookie Cutter British Pub, with it's dark wood, red leather seating, fireplaces, dark atmosphere, yet.Cookie Cutter seems to indicate a cheesiness and amazingly even with all it's cliche British looks, this place is anything but cookie cutter. It is spread out over several rooms, adorned with numerous fireplaces and comfy red leather seated booths and dark wooded tables. The bar area is huge with a large round dark English style bar
Beer selection is phenomenal, especially for a chain. 2 dozen taps, twice as many bottles. The tap list alone contains the best British tap beer selection I've seen outside of NERAX. Fullers London Pride, ESB, Porter, Green King Abbot, Holy Grail, Hobgoblin, Bombardier, Bellhavens, etc. Then the non British tap side has Arrogant Bastard, Dogfishhead, Delirium Tremens, Weinstephener, Chimay, Harpoon, Shipyard, etc. Did I mention they have a cask engine? It doesn't stop there. Bottles? Oh yes, just about every Samuel Smith, St. Peters, Young, Chimay, Lindemans and to top it all off, they have a VINTAGE menu. Seriously, they have a vintage bottle menu. Thomas Hardy's, J.W. Lee's, etc. Oh, and I think they sell Budweiser. Don't get me wrong, this place is no Kulminator for selection, but as far as chain restaurants go, I mean, does the Olive Garden right across the street offer a 2006 Thomas Hardy's on their menu?
Food menu is no less impressive. Gigantic doesn't even start to describe it. All your favorite standard pub grup. Apps, soup, salad, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, etc. Then... they have their whole British menu with Fish & Chips, pies, etc, and as if that's not enough, they have a huge pizza menu as well. The first couple times I've been here I've had to ask the waitress to come back 2 or 3 times, just so I could read the whole thing. It's insane. Food quality ain't to shabby either. To top it off, all the tables have a condiment tray with not only your standard ketchup and stuff, but they all have malt vinegar, HP sauce, and BBC's own hot sauce and an amazing Curry sauce which alone is all you need for the fries.
My one gripe with this place is the prices. They're not insanely expensive, but everything seems to be a dollar or two more than normal. $6 pints and up, most sandwiches are $10 and up. Not crazy, just a little more expensive than most.
Simply put, and remember I live right down the street from the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, this may be the best beer restaurant in the Metrowest area. John Harvard's is right across the street, and I'm a man who loves Brewpubs, but I would pick BBC 99 out of 100 times before John Harvard's. It's scrary, but for a chain,this place is perfect. It's a complete and total enigma, a paradox. It is completely a chain restaurant like TGI Friday, yet totally not. It's honestly the perfect place to bring the family, and the inlaws, and the kids, or to come on a night out. Every time I've been in it's been packed with family's. Mom orders the salad, kids get the great kids menu food, and Dad's drink kick ass beer. It's perfect. I've found my new favorite restaurant in Framingham.
12-19-2008 22:54:18 | More by taez555
British Beer Company in Framingham, MA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.