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Park Lane Tavern

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Taps: 22 / Bottles: 40
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1 Towne Center Blvd
Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22407
United States
phone: (540) 548-0550

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(Place added by: rfgetz on 09-09-2009)
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

My favorite thing about this place is the traditional British Pub feel. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the huge circular bar with taps and liquor shelves everywhere. It looks amazing.

Lots of good beer selection, I have been only a handful of times and the selection is always the same. The liquor selection is even more expansive. The plus is that the beer selection is very British to go with the bar's theme. I spent years in England and love the nostalgia.

Food is a little expensive and the choices are limited. Mostly British style meals, with their own little twists to update them a little.

The service has never been excellent, but it has never been bad. Nice outdoor area and dart room to have some fun in.

12-31-2012 04:41:25 | More by ZachKelly
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dhabersetzer

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I've been here a number of times after getting off work. It has a gorgeous bar as its centerpiece with ~40 seats, an "outdoor" sunroom/patio with a few TVs, and a number of booths and tables surrounding the bar. Their beer selection is largely european, with the standard Fuller's, Belhaven, Guinness, and Spaten, with a nice beer selection (including Samuel Smith). The american selection is limited, but they generally have DFH 60 minutes and Dale's Pale Ale around. If you go on Thursdays for $4 pint night, the best deal is Gulden Draak, which normally goes for $10. You can also get a sampler of 4 drafts for $7. There's also an extensive bourbon and scotch list, with samplers of three going for $14

The food is standard, the pizza's actually pretty good, especially if you get it half off (on tuesday or thursday), but is a bit small. They have soft pretzels, wings, and chili if you feel so inclined. They even have ahi tuna, but there are other places in Fredericksburg that do much better in that department. The service is friendly and attentive, though the kilts are a bit odd. Overall however, it is one of the best places in Fredericksburg for beer advocates.

02-07-2012 05:24:25 | More by dhabersetzer
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lupulinefiend

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

An incredible selection of beers, bourbons and scotches as well as a broad-spectrum food menu. Most of the draft beer selection reflects the authentically British theme, but a set of rotating taps reserved for specialty beer as well as a hand-pumped cask make for constant and refreshing variety. Great small batch and single barrel bourbon selection including some of Jim Beam's finest (Booker's, Knob Creek, Basil Haydens, & Bakers). The comprehensive scotch selection covers a wide variety of both blended and single malt scotches, with something for people just getting their feet wet in the water-of-life to the veteran connoisseurs who know what they want. Ask for Mac or go to the bar and guaranteed you'll find something worth coming back for.

02-01-2011 09:10:13 | More by lupulinefiend
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Atmosphere- As others have mentioned, the setting at the back of a big mall is a little off-putting at first, but you quickly forget that upon entering the place. The atmosphere inside, while not completely beer-centric, is still fun. Lots of things to look at with their crazy eclectic, British decor... and even though there were plenty of patrons there NOT for the beer, the seating options let me and my friends absorb ourselves in our own beer conversations.

Quality- Impeccably clean draft lines here (which is paramount). All other aspects of the place screamed "high quality" as well. Everything was clean; the beer list was well organized; and the waitstaffs' outfits were top-notch!

Service- Despite the fact that this place was packed, our service was quite good, friendly, and as I mentioned before, her outfit was quite nice!

Selection- This is tough to grade... they have little in QUANTITY, but they make up for it in QUALITY... although, their selection seemed to be geared-towards the ESB/Blonde/ Amber/Pale Ale drinkers... fitting I suppose for a British Pub, but in comparison to other beer-centric establishments, I must give it a 4.0 on selection (despite the fact that they have Real Ale available)

Food- I'm tempted to give it a 4.5 on food here... my Bronzed Fish sandwich was fantastic, but my wife was merely satisfied with her meal...

The value is overall good- I would definitely go back.

08-22-2010 13:49:12 | More by jgasparine
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Durge

Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Big place with a great Disney World type Brit Pub look inside and out, tucked curiously within this huge shopping mall / plaza complex located easily just off I-95. It's very clean with lots of dining table space and a big central bar. Seating and general appointments are sort of regal and classy without losing that relaxed pub feel. They sport plenty of taps but the accent is of course on the Brit / European brews and most are not too surprising. Several Fuller's, Youngs, Bellhaven and somewhat downhill from there. Mostly good choices, but nothing terribly exciting for the true beer hound. They only had a few "regionals" including Dogfish 60 minute, and St. George's Lager, Jefferson's Bourbon Reserve and also Ommegang's Hennepin and Stone's Levitation and Golden Drak. TV availibility is limited but it's a very nice place. The bartendress was very nice and knowledgable. Enough variety to make this stop worthwhile for the BA enthusiast. Carlsberg on tap too, a rare sight these days I think. It deserves to be a BA hang out, maybe a couple more domestic crafts or more unusual imports would help push this place up the charts a bit. I'd go back again if in town for sure.

06-29-2010 02:12:46 | More by Durge
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

I liked the place and plan to go back, especially if only for the superb (European dominated) beer line-up.

One thing that was a real treat was getting a fresh cask ale. This past Wednesday (13 Jan 2010) they featured Loose Cannon and served it in a brandy snifter, which was delicious.

They have a lot of the label specific glassware wich was a real treat and adds to the authenticity of the experience. I've been to the UK many tinms and while this has a US twist the bar itself would be at home in London.

The service was fine, bartenders knew their stuff and offered samples.

The food was way too salty.

Bravo!

01-15-2010 22:06:22 | More by pinotboy007
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JBird86

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I don't like the setting of the place, it sits behind the mall in a separate section that was added, among other stores and restaurants in sort of like a mini strip mall. Once you actually find a parking space and get inside its a different story though.

The atmosphere here is lovely, you walk into a nice, well lit, open dining area and the large wrap around bar is the centerpiece of whole place. Most of the patrons were nice, average middle class, many of which seemed to be late 20s-40s; it wasn't too upscale or fancy for my tastes and it wasn't a dirty redneck bar either, it was just right for me. All the staff I had contact with was friendly, knowledgeable and quick to refill my glass. All the men wear kilts and the women wear plaid mini-skirts (a BIG plus in my book!), which is just something you don't see often in Fredericksburg.

They have a great beer selection with about 20 beers on tap and even more in bottles, most of which are imports. They have seasonal brews that rotate and they also rotate local brews every month on tap. Price is fair, beers on tap are about $6 for a 20oz glass and the bottle's size and prices vary by brand, most of which is $4-7 for a 12 or 16oz bottle. For $6.50 you can choose 4 beers on tap and get a 5oz sample of each, they also give unlimited, free small samples but these are only enough to taste.

I didn't try any food so I cant comment on it but my sister had a bowl of their potato soup and said it was delicious.

This place is smoke free, which is nice but I'm a smoker and had to keep going outside. So, other than the parking issue, this place is great, I'd definitely recommend this bar and I will be returning in the near future

11-15-2009 03:46:19 | More by JBird86
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Upon pulling up and entering, you may feel as though you have entered chain resturant hell... found in the parking lot of a mall and decorated with "old timey" decor, the Fredericksburg Pub is part of a small regional chain of "authentic" British pubs. I can't comment on authenticity, because i've never been to the UK.

The beer selection is a fantastic assortment of 20 or so UK beers... multiple taps of Fullers, Wells, Youngs etc. as well as your standard Guiness, Harp, Bass. They even have a nice selection of rotationg local ales and a cask hand pump. You can even do flights of any 5 brews. The bottle selection expands the regionals by about 20 and add's another 20 from around the globe.

They have a nice beer bible which explains the beers, breweries and styles.

The food was good pub fare - fish and chips and deep fried pickles were the highlights. Service was good and friendly. The crowd was a mix of post-college through middle aged middle class.

If i didnt live a few hundred miles away, id go back for more.

09-09-2009 19:38:02 | More by rfgetz
Park Lane Tavern in Fredericksburg, VA
90 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.