Taps: 40 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by therica:
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A great time overall, we arrived around 10:30pm on a Saturday night. The bar was totally crowded, almost impossible to even pass through let alone find a place to stand. And it was really noisy but I could see they had a reasonable selection of some great beers (check out their website for the current beer list).
I noticed that the back dining area was only about 20% capacity so I thought I'd see what it took to get a table. "Dining only until 11pm" I was told by the hostess. I told her we'd already eaten but would be getting desserts and appetizers along with some beers and she gave in and got us a table for 6.
The menu is very interesting and rather modest-priced with traditional UK-style menu items, some rather interesting and traditional and not found easily elsewhere. My shortbread ice-cream dessert was fantastic, the shortbread was the traditional harder Brit style and very enjoyable. The cheese and breads appetizer was great, with some interesting looking cheeses.
The on-tap beer selection had a good 2 dozen offerings that were all interesting and some are difficult to find even in the more wide-offering bars in most cities.
The server was very friendly and helpful, and drinks and various foods were brought rather quickly.
The bar was so noisy that it carried even back into the dining area, one negative point. But it was offset by the great vintage ambience and traditional shaped-plaster ceiling and decor which were early 20th century at latest, and worth preserving. I was glad they hadn't been ruined by sound-decreasing drop-down ceilings so the noise was a trade-off. Think of it as "traditional ambience" ha ha.
Overall, a great experience and we hope to be back soon.
11-19-2010 04:41:48 | More by therica
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