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The Pub

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BA SCORE
86
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3750 Mall Rd
Lexington, Kentucky, 40503-4434
United States
phone: (859) 971-2748

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @publexington

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(Place added by: BEERchitect on 11-25-2008)
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Good British style beers. Good food and scenery too!

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Photo of drtth
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Had an evening meal here while visiting Lexington some months back and this review is based on notes taken then and just written up.

Although this place attempts to capture the British Pub feel it generally falls short in that it's a wide open space with lots of tables and booths and virtually no places devoted to just conversation with friends and reflection, just like most other US based chain restaurants. So the physical décor (e.g., the bar, the stools, etc.) may be authentic but the atmosphere does not really capture the Pub feel. And certainly having servers in an imitation kilt uniform doesn't help.

Service was fine and the Bangers and Mash were also fine, but the three of us agreed that the food wasn't so good as to bring us back.

Naturally the list of beers was UK centric, both in bottle and on tap, but most of it was the obvious choices. About the only one on tap that interested me that day was the Brew Dog Hardcore IPA, which I tried and enjoyed and which I suspect is better on tap than from the bottle.

Photo of clvand0
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

The Pub sits among the new expansion area of the Fayette Mall in Lexington. The parking lots for all these places are terribly designed.

The Pub has quite a few beers on draught, but they have very few that are out of the ordinary. They have a couple on nitro and mostly focus on stuff from England and the surrounding area.

The food is supposed to be standard English pub fare, but I've not had anything there that was overly tasty. The fish and chips, for example, is expensive and usually fried a little too long.

The waitstaff tends to not know a lot about the beers, other than the name of what's on draught. They also don't seem to be very attentive to their tables.

The beer prices are quite expensive also - I recently got a pint of Bass during happy hour and it was around $6.25.

Overall, The Pub is an ok place to hang out and watch some soccer, but don't expect great food or a huge selection of beers ... or good prices.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Pub: 5th choice to grab a beer in Lexington.
Highlights of last visit (December 30, 2009)

Brewdog Dogma (on cask)
Breckenridge Christmas Ale (on-tap)
Belhaven Stout and Irish Lager (both on tap)

Headed out to the 'burbs to meet a friend for a pint and was quite surprised by the findings. I had visited this place about a year ago, when it first opened and really didn't give it much a chance. This time around, the beer selection was better varied and they have added a cask ale set-up.

The Pub is owned by the same Cincinnati-Louisville-Lexington conglomerate that Owns the Pub Louisville, Nicholson's, and Desha's.

The beers are all quite fresh, served in their proper glassware, and as usual-- too cold. The selection is great, specializing in English / Irish offerings including Belhaven's Twisted Thistle and Scottish Ale, Smithwicks, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, McEwan's Scottish Ale, and many, many more; some on nitro-tap. I also had a Bluegrass Brewing Oktoberfest on cask and a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout which was a real treat. They always have a cask offering, usually from the Bluegrass Brewing Company.

The food is pretty good, but for the price I'd expect more in terms of portion size and quality. A fish and chips dinner with a few pints can easily run $30 pre-tip.

The service is cute, but not informative in the least. If you can pour Kool-Aid into a sippy-cup, then you'd qualify for a bartender position at the bar. Drink the beer, just don't ask any questions beyond what's on cask-- they won't know. The good news is that they do have a beer list that is about 70% up to date at the time I visited. They also brag about their bourbon and scotch list that did look intriguing.

Once inside, the bar has an upscale wood-worked bar that represents English craftsmanship well, but the building is too bright, too big, and too Applebee's-ish to qualify for an authentic English Pub. The building's exterior is painted black with Brittish ornamentation propoganda (Def Leppard would be proud). Actually, it looked like the bourg landed behind the mall. Which brings me to my pet peve about the location-- It's smack-dab inside subrubia hell, right behind Fayette Mall. Although there is a sea of parking nearby, it may be difficult to find a spot if going on high-profile days or hours- you may need to play Frogger to land you at the door. It just doesn't fit between TGI Friday's and Logan's Roadhouse.

Now that I got that off my chest, I'd certainly recommend a quick stop for a Brewdog Cask Ale. Don't forget to bring your wallet, you can expect to pay $6+ per 20oz. pint.

While in the area, check out Saul Good's Pub as well. So, going to check it out? BeerMail me: I'll meet you out for a pint!

The Pub in Lexington, KY
86 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.