Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tomthumbsblues:
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The Iron Abbey is a welcome addition not only to Horsham, but to the wider Philadelphia area drinking scene. This bar features over 200 bottles of beer and has a great selection of rotating beers on tap. (Where else can you get St. Bernardus Abt. 12 draft???) The atmosphere is homey and inviting with a nice stout bar, lots of wood and soft lighting. The food is excellent--I would try the nachos for a snack and if you're looking for something a big more substantial, try the burgers or the pork tenderloin sandwich. It can be a bit hard to get a beer at times especially when it gets a bit crowded, but the selection is definitely worth the wait. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to give their suggestions on selections. Large bottles, magnum sized I guess, of the three Chimays are available for parties to share. It's quite impressive to see a bunch of guys sitting around sharing one of these monsters. The Iron Abbey also hosts beer dinners and sports (particularly soccer) are featured on the televisions along with various specials to go along with these events. Great place, is my new home away from home.
09-30-2009 14:58:53 | More by tomthumbsblues
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
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" ($$) and "a bit pricey" ($$$).
07-21-2014 14:27:32 | More by NeroFiddled
4.39/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-20-2014 15:00:33 | More by jmdrpi
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub in Horsham, PA
94 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.