British Beer Company
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
2.94/5 rDev -20.3%
The British Beer Company is a chain restaurant, what can I say. It's even more obvious at this location which is housed in a former Chili's in the parking lot of a strip mall in the center of a section of Manchester that is known for its strip malls.
The atmosphere is what it is - the typical British Beer Company aesthetic with lots of dark wood and the usual pub look. As I stated above, this one feels stale as it's a remodeled Chili's. At least some of the other BBC's inhabit spaces that feel a bit more lived in. Families come here for the restaurant aspect, and if Strange Brew is where Manchester's younger craft drinkers hang out this is where its older ones hang out.
Quality is so-so. This is not the type of place where you're going to get the perfect pour into the proper glassware. For me, this is a place I can go that pleases my in-laws and allows me to get a decent pint.
Service is lackluster. Hostesses are high school or college kids and a little clueless. On my first visit, even the bartender didn't know what the White Birch tap was but they seem to have gotten better. Servers can still be a little unsure of what's on tap.
Selection is average. They've got some locals - a rotating White Birch tap, Tuckerman's pale and Henniker Amber on my last visit. A couple of other nice taps - Founders Curmudgeon, Harpoon 100 Barrel Series - but mostly your standard crafts, nothing noteworthy.
The food is not bad, your standard bar bites and chain restaurant-type offerings - I'd say it's a step above most chains and a step above some pub food, but nothing outstanding.
I'm no fan of Strange Brew (my complaints regarding that establishment are in a separate review), but if I was looking to get a pint in Manchester you're going to find much more of a selection there.
05-13-2013 19:39:04 | More by MThiele360
3.81/5 rDev +3.3%
The interior features plenty of dark stained wood and a large center bar area. Plenty of taps and what appears to be plenty of beer engines as well which are FAKE! I was told that all but one of the beer engines pour straight keg beer, and the one engine set up for cask was out.
Also, big minus points for lots of flat screen tvs which you not find in a British pub.
The menus is pretty extensive with plenty of tasty offerings. The bangers and mash was very good as was the fish and chips. The bangers could have used a bit more gravy and the chips were soggy though. The draught selection is better than average for NH. That being said there are a lot of filler beers which are not particularly exciting.
Service was good for the most part, with the exception of the female bartender who had an attitude when I asked to check and make sure my Allagash White was indeed a White. The White was either a Harpoon UFO or a Allagash White which was in seriously bad shape. Either way, no need to be confrontational with the customers.
The food was a bit pricey ($13.00 for bangers and mash), as were the beers ($5.75 for a pint of the White).
All in all I would probably go back, but the beer selection and prices are far better at Strange Brew, where they actually have cask ales, not just fake engines for show.
04-16-2013 01:14:31 | More by brewandbbq
British Beer Company in Manchester, NH
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.