Iron Abbey Gastro Pub

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Iron Abbey Gastro PubIron Abbey Gastro Pub
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59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

680 N Easton Rd
Horsham, Pennsylvania, 19044-2118
United States
phone: (215) 956-9600

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @theironabbey

Notes:
Place added by: mead4me on 03-25-2009

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
*Check for special event opening times and breakfast specials (7 am - 11 am)

Kitchen Hours:
Thursday - Saturday: 11am - 12am
Sunday - Wednesday: 11am - 10pm

Lunch Hour: 11 am - 2 pm

Happy Hour:
Sunday - Thursday - 4-7 pm
Friday - Saturday - 4-6 pm
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by AdamBear:
Photo of AdamBear
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

went here to due a recommendation from my brother. If you're in the Philly area...GO HERE! you won't be disappointed.

Atmosphere: looks like a medieval drinking hall, but they styled it so with no expense spared. the crowd seems to be tamed and well mannered. the layout is more restaurant style than bar style, which i generally appreciate since at late nights, that means you'll most likely be able to find a seat. i appreciated the TVs everywhere so that i could watch the NFL games.

Service: helpful and knowledgeable

Quality/Selection: amazing tap list. lots of IPAs! lots of seasonals! i'm sure its constantly rotating too. you could probably go here often and always find new beers to try. the bottle list is also impressive, it includes Russian River.

Value: not cheap, but reasonable. you'll be so excited about what you just ordered, that you won't realize you forgot to ask the price.

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Photo of 50marathons
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great feel. Great service. Great beer selection. The menu seemed a bit limited but certainly adequate. Putting this place at the top of my favorites list for close to home hang outs.

Photo of thebeers
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

This place has two components: the restaurant / bar and the bottle shop.

The restaurant has 40 beers on tap, with a great selection of local, national and international offerings, lots of seasonals and all that. There's also a large bottles list.

It's got a wood and iron, basementy sort of vibe that actually hits pretty close to the mark of being warm and comfortable and just a little bit faux. (The Loft has a small bar and sitting area that hits even closer to the "old world charm" thing they're going for.)

The food is hit or miss. Some items are really good, others are okay, and I've had one item (the pork shank) that was plain awful. Same goes for the service. The owners are great, extremely knowledgable and friendly. I've had some servers who are also great, some that are average and others that are completely inattentive.

They call the bottle shop the Loft. The staff there has always been top notch. They've got a huge, fancy-ass walk in cooler organized by style with the bottles displayed beautifully. Unlike other shops with thousands of bottles, this one has maybe 800 or so, but it has a "curated" feel and rotating selection that makes browsing much easier and more enjoyable. Prices are high, but they've got some amazing bottles, and what can you do, it's Pennsylvania.

They've also got four taps upstairs, a coffee bar, some cheese and meats.

I've been here many times and will be back again. Wish the food and service was consistent, but with what else they've got going for them (the beer!) it's still worth it.

Photo of ncarter5889
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great selection, great food, thinking of their burgers are making me hungry

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
1 pm on Sunday, 20 July 2014; a few tables, a handful of people at the bar

I certainly can't blame the Iron Abbey for doing it, because you've got to sell what people want, but I'd hardly call fish & chips, nachos, and hot wings "Gastro Pub" fare. Pub fare yes, "Gastro"... not really. That's not to dismiss the chefs though because there are a few interesting items including Gorett's Original Sin (Brioche bread, beef, chorizo, ham, gouda in gravy topped with an egg), the Smoked Salmon Wrap (salmon, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, red onion and mango vinaigrette), Chorizo & Crab Mac N Cheese, and the Brazilian Steakhouse Sampler from next door. I thought the fish & chips were very nicely done and well presented, but beyond that everything else my table sampled was fairly basic. I'd say their food is better than Applebee's or Chili's, but not really by that much. On the other hand, my children were happy.

It's an interesting looking and nicely done place, although perhaps a bit over the top and Disneyland-esque. I appreciate that they've put money into it and invested in some important areas (like an actual wood floor versus the plastic look-alike). I also like that they've added the football theme, and to a certain extent that makes the whole thing work except that it's not just a bar where fans come to watch games and drink good beers, it's also a restaurant. On the other hand, my children really liked the decor.

So I won't discount the atmosphere, because honestly, it's kind of cool and you should really check it out just for that, but the added bonus, actually the main reason for visiting is the beer. There are 39 taps, all good stuff, and a hand pump (gotta love cask!). They've also got exclusive "house" beers that are done as collaborations with local breweries. That's both interesting, and it supports local breweries.

The service was OK. It wasn't "high end" but nor did I expect it to be, and the server for our table was pleasant and attentive. In fact, the only fault came from the bar. If indeed they are using 16 oz. pint glasses, and I believe they are (the bottoms looked thinner than the normal 14 oz. shaker "pint" glasses that most places use), I received a cask beer who's head had dropped leaving me with an estimated 10 to 12 ounces... kind of a bummer. I could have said something, and if I was in Europe I would, but here in the U.S. I just let it slide because although the bartender dropped the ball, the server then dropped it again by not saying something herself.

Overall: really interesting decor, comfortable and cozy atmosphere, average service, slightly better than average food (meaning very good), and a great beer selection. The pricing for me falls between "reasonable" ($$) and "a bit pricey" ($$$).

Photo of jmdrpi
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

ate dinner here, drank some beers, and bought a couple of bottles to go from upstairs in the Loft.

decor is lots of wood. 4 sided bar is in the center, surrounded by tables for dinning. a bit cramped.

the selection, and quality of beers available would be hard to beat. 40 beer draft list has a good mix of styles, and some limited release selections. Mix of American, English, German, and Belgian. The bottle list is long, well organized, and has some rare stuff if you're willing to fork over some serious cash.

food was quite good. Menu is pub fare - I had the Steak Fritz - the strip steak was cooked a nice Medium Rare as ordered, and came with a fried egg, along with the fries which were tasty.

Our waiter was very attentive, and friendly.

Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Sunday, sans Davo, who has Hannah, and Ed, who is bullshit. I’m Phillying for one reason or another but I suspect it involves growlers somehow. Early Sunday, with things out in the burbs to see; this one, a short short jaunt up 611 from the turnpike. I don’t mind working for ‘em, but sometimes I need an easy breezy. This is that...

Shared parking lot with another place behind it, possibly attached. And in. Big room with an ovaltangle marble topped bar, wood panel & ornate brick faced base, and a brass foot rail; seating for 28 all around on brown leather hightop chairs. Bar island holds 18 taps on this side, and 18 on the flip side on long brass row towers, plus a few single handles on the corners, and a handpump makes 40 in all. A single flatscreen above with horizontal boards to both sides listing 18 each; beer, ABV, price, & serving size. Shelved booze to both sides of the tap towers. A giant Paulaner mug & 3L Stone Vertical Epic 121212 bottle countered. Glassware shelved below and bottles coolered to each side. Flats on the narrow ends of the bar; fore & aft.

Walls of white stucco or stone face over panel wood lowers. Floors of wood slat plank play & soccer jerseys adorning the white stucco ceiling with rafters. Drop wrought iron looking hooks with faux candle lighting tracing the bar, and wall mounts of the same. Pen to the rear with some long tables on cushy cushion seating. Flatscreen on the back wall over a fireplace mantel; okay, it’s dead space; nothing cooking there. And glass lantern lamps over the seating. Another dozen and a half tables all around the room; hightops & shortys, and an out front seating area penned over 611.

39 taps; roughly 2/3 of them American craft from PA (Troegs Perpetual IPA, Sunshine Pils, Dead Reckoning, Troegenator, Flying Mouflan, & Scratch Beer ’99 - Wit, Manayunk Abbatia Tempore, Abbatia Decem 10, & Siembra Tequila Saison collabs, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Rivertowne Halakahiki), regional (Brewer’s Alley 1634 Ale, Southern Tier Unearthly, Ellicottville Nitrous Hopcide, Sixpoint Otis, Allagash White, Maine Beer Mo, Smuttynose Big A IPA), and beyond (Boulder Cold Hop, Great Divide Dopplebock Lager, Port Mongo, Ballast Point Sculpin, Moylans Hopsickle Imperial IPA, Alesmith Nut Brown Ale, Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, Green Flash Odyssey Citra). The remainder are imports Belgian heavy (Dupont Cuvee Dry Hop, Liefmans Goudenband, De Struise St Amatus 12, Chimay Cinq Cents, La Chouffe, Palm, Lindemans Framboise), Germs (Weihenstephaner Hefe, Spaten Lager, Sunner Kolsch), mix & match loners (Mikkeller Yeast Series 2.0 Saison, Guinness), and a sole cider (Strongbow Cider). And Manayunk Monk from the Yunk on cask.

I started with the Dupont Cuvee Dry Hop and then had the Port Mongo. A server; not the bartender, but one of the servers, dealt me a Manayunk Siembra Tequila Saison instead of the requested Port Mongo. Servers are banned from playing behind the bar forthwith.

A very large bottled beer menu; seasonal, one time, rare, & large format bottles (750’s, 1.5L, 3L, & 6L), and the rest of the list broken out by style. It looks like they’ve got nearly 200 bottles including ciders, gluten frees, and macro heavy “pilsners and lagers”. (Lovely) Orval runs a big $10 and is grouped with Lindemans Framboise, Petrus Oud Bruin, Kasteel Rouge, Unibroue Ephemere Apple, Monks Flemmish Sour, & Timmermans Strawberry under the header “Lambic (sour)/Fruit Ale”. I commented that it would be better suited under Pale Ales but Witzel said it doesn’t belong with the Pale Ales (which are all not like Orval), but rather that they need to expand the “Trappist” header. I then declared that Orval should have its own category marked with sparkles and horseys.

Far wall holds a few doors leading to a shared room between here and the Brazilian BBQ place attached next door. Wait… wait. Meat & beer, and I can run back and forth? Or more to the point; I can meat next door and order (beer) from here? I want to go to there.

We didn’t eat but we did give a looksie over the menu. Place was dead when we arrived but filled in nicely. Chill crowd, good tunes, and a pretty kickin’ beer selection, which by the way, were served in larger format servings than shown on the menu. Whoopsie. They are a soccer bar with crazy beer, yeah! I will do this again, knowing how easy on easy off the turnpike it is.

Photo of orangesol
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped in here for dinner last night after the Tired Hands release. My first trip here, I may have been more interested in the steaks next door but this was a close second.

Atmosphere was pretty good. Lots of people all over the place enjoying themselves, a few TV's on the walls and a nice space overall. Quality was pretty high as well. Our drinks were served in the correct glasses and the food was fresh made. Speaking of food, I got the smoked and oaked ribs. The sauce was a little spicy for my tastes, I prefer my BBQ on the sweet side, either way they were pretty good, as were the potato's.

Service was a bit hit or miss. She definitely seemed like she was stretched pretty thin with all the people in there. We had to wait a few times but she was doing her best. Selection was pretty solid, I saw quite a few things I would have gotten. I went with an authentic german kölsh and fallowed it up with a passion fruit caipirinha, wish they offered my usual orange. Prices were a tad high on a few menu items and a couple of the drafts but overall they are on par with the other places in the area.

Overall a pretty solid Gastro Pub. I may return to go to na'brasa, might have to stop in again if I do.

Photo of raleigh_blue
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A great place in the middle of the bedroom burbs of Philadelphia/New Jersey. The most impressive thing about the place, structurally is the big facade and arched door. Inside it feels like any other pub, with sports on the tube and a big rectangular bar with taps on both sides. It has some "medieval" themed areas and exposed beams in the ceilings that give it some additional appeal.

The staff I dealt with (two bartenders, one of the owners and a waitress) were all knowledgeable in the beers. I sparked up a conversation with one of the bartenders and I soon had the attention of the other bartender and was later introduced to one of the owners. This immediately let me know that they were interested in critical feedback. They were quick to offer samples and suggestions. A++

They have an impressive cellar (of unlisted beers) in addition to their regular offerings. One of the only drawbacks would be no cask offerings. You don't really notice because the staff was extraordinary and they are willing and able to find what you like.

The selections are outstanding. Visiting around the holidays they had an inordinate amount of the myriad of Christmas and holiday ales, but remained as diversified as one can in the realm of mediocre spiced brown ales and whites/wheats.

The prices are a bit inflated from what I am accustomed to but not out of line with the area. One of the establishment's main drawbacks for the international crowd is a lack of vegetarian dishes. I'm not a vegetarian, but I work with many Hindus who won't visit here because there is nothing they can eat (main dishes).

Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally got around to checking this place out. Nice tidy facade in a building shared with a Brazilian steakhouse. Walking in revealed a lot of stone, a lot of wood, quasi-European feel with a contemporary, causal-dining sterility. The main room has a nice large bar that seats at least 30-40 people, I'd estimate, and there are plenty of tables around to accommodate a large crowd, as well as a huge separate chamber with ample room for even more people. Lots of TV screens and an unfortunate sports bar vibe, which was a real disappointment, but oh well, it's a bar, what can you do? Nice overall, but it kind of felt to me like someone bricked over an Applebee's and called it an abbey.

It wasn't very busy at the bar on my first visit, and the service was fine, the bartender seemed knowledgeable and on the ball. I went dry once, but it was not nearly over the threshold of tolerance. Nothing really to complain about with the beer selection, with 36 on tap and more in bottles, including a good number that I had not had yet. Good mix of imports and domestics, and most if not all the taps were reserved for micros, with your typical macros in bottles. Four-glass sampler flights for $9 was a decent option. Food menu was extensive and impressive, and really makes me want to go back. A bit on the pricey side, especially if you're getting an entree, but the beer prices aren't too outrageous, and some of the smaller plates are more wallet-friendly. My bill was in the $35 range for a delicious fish & chips platter, a sampler flight, a Hopslam, and a De Dolle, so take that as you will.

I'd definitely like to go back...as long as there isn't a game on.

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is located right on Rt. 611, just about 2 miles north of the PA Turnpike exit. There is plenty of parking behind the building. Upon entering the big wooden door, you will see a dimly lit but very clean room. The atmosphere is comfortable and very much a pub. A large bar can seat about 25 and the dining area is in the same area as the bar. Plenty of TVs playing several soccer games, and the crowd seemed to be there to enjoy the games.

Beerwise there were 36 beers on tap and cover a wide variety of styles. Beers ranged from Scotch Ales, Stouts, DIPAs, and Strong Ales. Specific selections like St. Bernardus 12, Founder Centennial, Southern Tier 2X IPA, Chimay White, and Yard's GW Porter, were some of the beers on tap during this visit. The beers we had were fresh and of good quality.

The food we ordered was off the pub menu and was decent. The menu is also quite varied so everyone should find something they like here. Service was OK but not overly prompt, but there was a decent sized crowd here.

This is definitely worth a stop if anyone is in the area. I plan to make this a regular stop when I am in the area.

Photo of KMcG
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to this place twice and will go back again. The atmosphere is old world British, but with an Belgium feel. There is a large bar in the center of the pub that it easy to access even when crowded. The service at the bar was amazing, but the beer knowledge not so great. The table service was pretty poor. The waitress kept forgetting about us and hence we sat there with empty glasses a few times. They could update their online beer list more frequently because many of the beers that they listed online were no longer available and had run out 2 days ago. Probably the best selection of craft beers in the NW Philly suburbs.

Photo of hippityhops85
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Have frequented this establishment a couple of times, mostly because they are the only worthwhile craft beer joint within 20 miles. Really nice vibe on the interior. Kind of an old world pub with a nuance towards an Irish Football Pub.

Taps are really great. Clean lines, wide variety, knowledgeable (to a point) staff. Stuff from all around the USA as well as an assortment of Belgians. Prices are reasonable, especially for the big-name stuff when they have it in. Their bottle list is exceptional as well although not very unique for the area.

I've never had an actual dinner here but their appetizers are delicious and the mussels are other-wordly. I know that they do hold beer events relatively frequently. I have yet to attend one but I've heard only excellent things.

I would definitely check out Iron Abbey if you're in the area. Highly recommended.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here on my birfday and afterwards for some world cup games, hey it's a soccer bar, it only makes sense.

A big looking building outside with some nice decor and outside seating, inside a nice big bar with seating around it and larger tables for bigger parties. A seperate room with even more tables and a projection screen for big sporting events. I really like how this bar is lit, it's just right and easy on the eyes. This place is really clean with a nice stoned bartop.

I guess they had about 20 taps in total with good beer and BMC mixed in to keep the lights on. Most people were drinking BMC out of the bottle but that's life. I had a Russian River Registration ale, Petrus Aged Pale and a Weyerbacher Kilo, they all tasted fine, no issues, clean lines and all. Other than those the tap list had some respectable stuff on it, enough to keep me coming back. A good bottle list as well on the pricey side though but this is PA.

Food was pretty good and well portioned, at least the hummus plate was with alot of pita bread and sides. I need to get back here to get the whole brazilian experience going. Service was speedy and friendly even on a fairly busy friday night. Our bartenderess really knew her beer, I mean she really was on top of her shit. She even pronounced Cantillon correctly. I was about to ask her out on a date, I was in awe. Not sure about table service here though.

All in all, I will be stopping back and I wish I would of came here sooner. It's still a young bar so we will see where this goes. Make a visit if you can.

Photo of koopa
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Iron Abbey for the first time last weekend with StonyB, MicroChris, and another friend on our way home from Norristown.

Atmosphere: The building itself is massive but is shared with a Brazilian restaurant w/ separate entrance. The architecture has a Flemishesque thing happening. High celiings, exposed wood and stone, fairly nice actually. The bar is large...holding about 30-40 stools plus there are lots of tables to sit at. We were here on a Sunday afternoon and the place only had about 12 people in it but I could see it getting obnoxiously crowded on a Thursday - Saturday evening.

Quality: Very good overall...the atmosphere, the beer, and the food satisfied.

Service: Our bartender (Rob I believe) was nice and pretty knowledgeable but I got the feeling he was the only one who I could say that for.

Selection: Pretty nice selection of basic German/Belgian/English imports plus some decent American Craft options on tap.

Food and Value: Menu choices were above average for a bar and a bit pricy. They had a nice 1/2 priced appetizer special from 12pm - 5pm on Sundays so I got 3 Filet Mignon Sliders w/ caramelized onions and fries for $4.50 which was awesome but would have been lacking for $9.00 in my opinion.

I'd stop back again, but probably only on a sleepy Sunday afternoon.

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Looking for a good beer bar in the northern burbs is sometimes a difficult task. This place came through and did not disapoint.

The atmosphere is dark wood and dim lighting, sort of a tudor-style, medieval design on the interior - maybe a little overkill in that suburban chain restuarnt kinda mode. The bar is fairly large and takes up a good 50% of the space, while the rest is for dinning. Decent amount of TV's on the walls. The bar can be crowded and if you dont have a seat, there really isnt much room to stand. Most people were there for dinner and crammed the bar area while waiting for their seats. Like many suburban restaurants, there can be dozens of people just milling around at the entrance and bar area waiting up to an hour before thier seated... this can make it rather noisy and uninviting inside.

The beer selection was excellent for its location, a few rarities with lots of very good to great offerings. The only negative was their propensity to lump any import in with the crafts (ie. Palm) like they were of the same quality. The price was a bit skewed as well. Being from the city, i almost expect to spend about $5 on a pint or bottle of a decent craft, but way too many beers in the $6-$7 range here.

Service was average at best... 2-3 bartenders couldnt handle the large bar crowd and all the diners waiting for seats. the food was good, above-average pub grub with some more restaurant like options. Many of the other patrons seemed to have no idea what they were drinking and opted for BMC bottles or an import that they thought was fancy.

I like the place and would be willing to go back at an off-peak time. Just felt a little too suburban for me.

Photo of Minotaur
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Like many reviewers I'm in a weird place with Iron Abbey. Being a medieavlist, and loving old world beer... well... how could I go wrong? Why don't I live here?

The fellow who is the manager is on top all the time - making sure people get what they want or at least giving good substitute options and correcting any problems. One night the Chimay Red was on the verge of kicking. He poured it for me gratis and told me to finish it off and he'd refill for free when the new keg went on.

Most of the servers are fairly knowledgeable and all are friendly. The bartenders have all known their beer. Abt 12 is usually on tap; plus a variety of other unusual and good beers. I have never even delved into their bottle selection.

The food is very good but is not cheap. But neither is it a small portion. The attached steakhouse is... decadent.

So what is my problem with the place? Despite the medieval decor there are big TV screens with mostly sports (ok, I know a male beer drinker I'm in the minority about not really always wanting this in my pub... especially with the great medieval atmosphere). And it is LOUD; to the point I've had trouble hearing people across the table from me. I don't need it to be prim and proper, but I've been at heavy metal shows where I could talk and not shout as much.

Mind you, its still a nice place - but I admit the atmosphere does put an overall damper for me personally. Especially given the great old world decor.

However if you are in the area and want great beer... This is a place to stop.

Photo of WreckDiver
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love this place!! It's just too far to be a regular haunt, plus I'd go broke because I LOVE good beer & they have a lot of it! The abbey is attached to the brazilian restaurant Na Brassa across from Willow Grove NAS. They share a kitchen, and have an awesome menu which includes sampler plates of the rotisserie fare frome next door. The portions are generous, and they have some excellent "happy hour" offerings. The beer menu is not usually complete (good & bad) because they have more than they say, but how can you order what you don't know about? The bartenders help with this to some degree because they are beer fans themselves, friendly & willing to suggest & discuss beer if you ask. They have something like 300 beers & at least 20 taps. Lots of Belgians & Imports to compliment a great micro selection.

UPDATE 7/30/2010
Well... been here many times since this review, and hopefully many times more. I like Sunday afternoons... other times as pointed out by other reviewers... well it can get load. Seems to draw a young crowd (given the prices I find this surprising).

I've sent many people here, but the prices have gone up for the food & portions have gone down. The food is still great, and the beer selection is excellent.

Photo of tim9887
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place. Really good food and a great beer selection, albeit sort of pricey. Shared a Rotisserie Sampler with my dad, and there was some really good meat - ribeye, sausage, etc. Also, I had a Port Santa's Little Helper & Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale on tap. Draft selection is great - lots of Belgians and micros you can't find everywhere, and the bottle selection is pretty good too. The food is not very expensive but if you look through the draft beer & bottled beer menu, you can see where they make their money, as the beers get pricey. However, the food and beer, atmosphere and great service make for an amazing experience. I'll definitely go back for some football (soccer) matches!

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I may have to review the Iron Abbey again, because my first experience started off very bad...but ended very good. Under different circumstances, I may feel completely different about the place.
To explain: called ahead, IA doesn't take reservations: which is understandable being that they are primarily a bar with some eat-in tables. That didn't bother us. But walking in we were told it would be 30 minutes. Several times through-out the waiting, we were told our table was being cleaned. All in all, we waited an hour and 20 minutes until we were seated.
The manager came to us, seated us...apologized...and promised us a round(which was very awesome of him).
Now...to the matter at hand! The atmostphere is unique. It was kind of what I expected by the name. The service once seated was very attentive and great. Selection was good...about 20 on tap and abother 50-75 bottled I'd guess.
Food was very good, but prices were a little higher than I expected, especially for bottled beer. Some 750ml bombers were over $20, whereas they're normally $10 in local beer stores.
Overall, a very cool place and worth checking out!

Photo of dublulovesbeer
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

I have mixed feelings about this place. The highlight of it is, of course, the beer selection. They really don't lie when they claim to have that massive selection, its almost overwhelming how many beers you can choose. I've had some of Wyererbacher's offerings, some nice oktoberfests, I'm always looking forward to trying more out when I go. The place sells itself like an old-fashioned, almost medieval like pub, although the loudness and tv screens playing sports everywhere diminish that a bit, but I don't mind it. It would be nice if they were more helpful to people who walk in, when I came with my friend no one approached us, welcoming us or giving us seats, we had to talk to three people to be seated.

Like I said before, the beer selection is awesome. That being said, most of them are way overpriced. A pint of an IPA should not be 8$ or more. The first time I went I ordered the Russian River Damnation, a damn tasty beer, although paying $7.50 for it in a half-pint wine glass left me feeling a bit ripped. The happy hour here is really the only time I'd ever go, its too expensive otherwise. The food is really nothing to write home about, with the exception of the $4 nacho platter at happy hour, that is a must. However, we tried the burgers on the happy hour menu as well, which were awful. The bun and possibly the burger had been frozen and probably microwaved, the meat tasted like it hadn't been cooked fully. Pretty crappy. Like I said, go for the beer and the nachos, avoid the other stuff. Its definitely a solid beer bar.

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4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Iron Abbey is a welcome addition not only to Horsham, but to the wider Philadelphia area drinking scene. This bar features over 200 bottles of beer and has a great selection of rotating beers on tap. (Where else can you get St. Bernardus Abt. 12 draft???) The atmosphere is homey and inviting with a nice stout bar, lots of wood and soft lighting. The food is excellent--I would try the nachos for a snack and if you're looking for something a big more substantial, try the burgers or the pork tenderloin sandwich. It can be a bit hard to get a beer at times especially when it gets a bit crowded, but the selection is definitely worth the wait. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to give their suggestions on selections. Large bottles, magnum sized I guess, of the three Chimays are available for parties to share. It's quite impressive to see a bunch of guys sitting around sharing one of these monsters. The Iron Abbey also hosts beer dinners and sports (particularly soccer) are featured on the televisions along with various specials to go along with these events. Great place, is my new home away from home.

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3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5

Read an article about IAGP a few months ago, as a new quality beer bar in the area.

Went on a weekday around the beginning of happy hour.

Pros: 1) Great selection, particularly Belgians. Tap selection was strong with nice mix of American Craft with European (mostly Belgian) options. I had a Grimbergen Dubbel served in the proper Grimbergen Chalice. Tasty.

2) Nice physical space. Obviously, some money was spent to fit out this place. Not terribly detail driven, but accomplished the overall ambience goal of a Euro-vibe beer bar. As a fan of English Soccer, was impressed that the West Ham v. Liverpool (replay) match I had DVR'ed a few days prior was playing on one of the screens.

Cons: 1) Service (which can be broken down into a couple sub-categories):

a) Attention - The bartender was infinitely more interested in carrying on endless conversation with other staff members (wait staff who were mostly just coming in) then checking on me, the ONE customer for most of my stay there. A couple came in during the last 5 minutes of my stay, but I have never felt so needlessly ignored at an (essentially) empty bar. If I was the owner, I would be incensed at the disregard for service.

b) Dialogue - When my bartender finally did engage me, he made no effort to talk beer, offer food, or even shoot the breeze. I would think when you have an empty bar you would focus completely on your customer who very likely has visited for the first time (right, that was me). Lots of missed opportunities, since I was ready to chat beer with anyone who would listen.

Glass Chiller: Nice idea if utilized properly. This would be great for a Hefe or Pilsner or a variety of other glass chilly-friendly styles. But a Belgian Dubbel does not require a flash chill on the chalice. Came off as amateurish, and was distracting until my beer temperature normalized.

I did not eat, as I had to run. Would summarize it as a place with great elements that could easily alienate based on this service experience. I will give another try (to be fair) but the owners need to be careful with staff selection and/or training.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Found this place by accident, saw a billboard going down 611. Was pleasantly surprised by the selection, haven't found too many places that have Lost Abbey and Russian River on tap. Bottle selection was very impressive, will need to go back to explore that more. Thought the food was good for a gastro pub, definitely good burgers. Also impressed that they used proper glassware, that shows respect for the beer. Would definitely recommend checking it out. I just wished I lived closer. Maybe someday lancaster will have a place that has a good of a selection.

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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

i don't know how new this place is, but i've only started hearing things about it recently. everything inside looks rather new, so my guess its only been open for less than a year, but i could be wrong (and they just really keep the place looking nice).

as for the beer, this place can't really be touched. while i felt like the draft selection could have been bigger and better, i don't think i've seen a much bigger bottle list at a pub/restaurant in this area, especially if you like belgian beers. this alone might be the main reason to check this place out. as for the food, that's another story.

the food has a long way to go to match the quality of the beer they offer. the filet sliders i had were nothing special, and i feel like if you're ordering anything that involves filet mignon it had better be top notch, especially for the price. overall, i think the opinion of the people i was with was that the food could be a whole lot better, and when compared to the beer they offer, should be because it has that much to live up to. food is always one of those things that can be easily turned around with the right attitude and staff, so maybe this will improve.

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Iron Abbey Gastro Pub in Horsham, PA
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