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British Beer Company

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British Beer CompanyBritish Beer Company
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

412 Main Street
Hyannis, Massachusetts, 02601
United States
phone: (508) 771-1776

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Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

In Hyannis, this is a great spot to have some quality pints and listen to a cover band with your friends. A decent selection of about 20 beers on tap to choose from.
The most recent visit to this Cape drinkers staple consisted of a few pints of stout and a band that played a lot of old rock, i.e. Rolling Stones, etc.
For food, I kept it simple with a burger and fries, standard bar fare and always goes well with some pints.
The Cape only has so much nightlife and for the demographic of this website, BBC is certainly at the top of the list.

mltobin, Jan 16, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

richobrien, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

smanson56, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JKV96, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Jodi215
4.09/5  rDev +3%

We stopped here for lunch while touring Cape Cod. We really enjoyed this place. The atmosphere is English Pub, lots of wood, very cozy and well done. They have a small patio outside on the street. We sat inside and were very comfortable. Service was friendly and reasonably fast. The waitress had never heard of a cask but otherwise the beer selection on draft was outstanding. I had the fish and chips and it was excellent and my husband had the Shepards pie which was also excellent. Very generous portions. Best fish and chips I've had this trip. Value was good for what we got. We would go back here if ever in the area again.

Jodi215, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jwps214, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of arktos
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Stopped in last night after pizza at Palio's (delicious by the way). Pub is clean and comfortable - only one bartender but it's the off season and she handled things fine and was pleasant.

Decent bottle selection and their draft selection is easily the best in the area (about 25) - they have a few local brews which is always nice to try out and they have no problem pouring samples if asked. Had an Allagash Black and a couple Cape Cod Porters, wife had Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Catamount Maple Wheat.

Checked out their "On Draught" list online beforehand and seemed to be up to date (http://www.britishbeer.com/menu-beer.asp?p=3).

Was only a few local folks there when we stopped in. I'm sure it gets much busier during warmer months but that won't stop me from visiting while on vacation this summer. Recommend if in the area.

arktos, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Ottoman112579
5/5  rDev +25.9%

The British Beer Company in Hyannis is a great place to enjoy a quality meal matched with the perfect beer. The staff is very knowledgeable and courteous. Bar staff among the best I ever had the privilege of being served by.

27 beers on tap and countless bottles, both American and Imported. They are from all corners of the world. They are always getting new beers on tap and in the bottles.

The menu is very diverse including vegetarian and gluten free menus. Specials are well thought out and are always changing. The chefs are among the best on Cape Cod! The BBC also has pizza. You have your choice between regular and multi-grain crust! There is even a gluten free pizza crust.

So when you are in the mood for an enjoyable eating experience at a reasonable price, paired with an exceptional selection of beers and wines then you really should give them a try!

Ottoman112579, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.95/5  rDev +24.7%

Recently visited again, and had a superb experience. Great brews, so many menu items I wanted to try that we went to BBC Walpole the next day, excellent service and food, bumped all my numbers up. You should check them out.

5/24/04
Nice place to enjoy a brew and some food. Nice decor meant to simulate a British Pub atmosphere, and they seem have done a good job, from the many British accents from the hired help to the dark wood everywhere. Brits would most likely say that's more like what an American would expect a pub in England to be like, but that's good enough for me, until I get over there to make the call myself.

Many British brews available, and the three I picked off the menu were all still in stock, which is always a bonus. Seemed odd that it looked like everything I had was on nitro, from Tetley's (as per usual presentation) to Fuller's London Porter to Belhaven Scottish, but whatever. Wish they'd get some cask in there and really impress me, but it was still a pleasant variety of 27 brews on tap, inc BMC products, although there were only one or two wasting taps, I think.

Food was excellent again (BBQ Chicken pizza, salad, and fried Monterey Jack), although 10-15 minutes after placing our order we were informed they were out of our original order of Pulled Pork pizza. Don't know what the big lag was between order and reorder, but it wasn't our waitress' fault, so I didn't ding their service rating much. Damn, we'd been looking forward to it since having last spring, but, oh well, better luck next year.

A relatively good place to visit on the somewhat (except for neighbor Hyport Brewery) brewpub-barren mainland Cape Cod. Worth trying if in the area.

ppoitras, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Coutastic
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

I live close to the British Beer Company in Sandwich and love going there as well. I go to the location in Hyannis for the number of beers. On the main street in Hyannis there are many restaurants and bars. The BBC is the only one with any kind of beer selection. They have 27 beers on tap, and about 40 in bottles. You will find many English style beers on tap including Fuller's Porter, London Pride, and ESB. They also have some of the classic choices like Stella Artois, Guinness, Bass, and Smithwicks. They also have the limited edition Guinness 250. In bottle they have a great selection of the Samuel Smith products from the Taddy Porter to the IPA. I've also tried the Well's Banana Bread Beer, which is actually pretty good.

The food is also something special. As I read some of the other reviews, I noticed some negative comments. I inquired about the fish and chips (enjoyed it very much). The batter is made with one of the Fuller's beers especially for the BBC. It does have a unique taste, but a great treat for beer lovers and great for the British Pub feel.

Service is great with a knowledgeable and attentive staff. The decor and old British dark wood really makes for an amazing experience. If you are in there area, this is a must!

Coutastic, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +0.8%

27 taps on a nice old style wooden bar that lines the rear of the restaurant. It' a medium sized place with ten booths and another 15 or more tables of various sizes. It's a classic British Pub, I guess, nothing unforgettable. Low lighting with loud classic rock. There is an extensive menu from pizza to burgers, salads, some UK favorites, etc. Arrogant Bastard, Fuller's O'Hara's Irish Stout, Cape Cod IPA & Red Ale, Wachusetts Blueberry, Julius Ecter Hefeweizen, Monty Python's Holy Grail, Fullers ESB & London Pride, Hoegaarden, Speckled Hen, Shipyard Summer, Bellhaven Scottish Ale and a fair assortment of domestic and imported macros. Bottled beers are not very extensive but offers a goodly variety of Samuel Smiths and Fullers and Chimay and Lindeman's Fraboise Lambic. There is loud retro rock playing on the speaker system and i think they have live music on certain nights. This seems to be a pretty popular place situated right in the middle of things on Main Street in downtown Hyannis. Just look for the British flag over the sidewalk. If you are living in Hyannis I guess I would make this a favorite stop based upon the extent of beer variety on tap and decent food. The same goes for the visitor once you get your fill of the beach and waterfront beaches. There doesn't seem to be much to compete with this in the area when it comes to the beer value although this is not anything off the charts. Definitely check it out when on the Cape.

Durge, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of medic25
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

We always seem to make a stop here when we visit the Cape. Great exterior, with a nice decorating job inside; a bit of a commercial interpretation of the English style. Beer selection was quite good, with several English offerings, as well as Belgian, German and some local micros. The food is tasty; the fries with 3 dipping sauces is always a great choice. The bangers and mash were also very tasty. My only complaint would be the cheesy club music that took over on a Friday night, but if you avoid the dance club offerings this is a nice place for a pint and a pasty.

medic25, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of dippy
2.78/5  rDev -30%

I have a bone to pick with this place.

Yes they have around 20-something beer to choose from, but they are all similar so it lacks variety.

The food is alright, but anybody can make a decent pizza.

The atmosphere is english bar kitchy. With tacky english stuff on the walls.

Also if you want to go somewhere and drink your face off or just enjoy the company of friends over some pints, you have to deal with some horrible band or DJ with more speakers than a KISS concert. It is not a big place and the tin celing just makes it louder when these bands play.

dippy, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
3.73/5  rDev -6%

I was down on the Cape for the day with a couple of friends and we decided to drop by British Beer Company for a few pints. The atmosphere is comfortable and as one would assume, a mock British Pub feel awaits.

There is a beer menu that highlights their selection. I had the Fuller's ESB & London Pride which were really good. They also have the Fuller's Vintage Ale. Other beer options include Erdinger Hefe-Weizen, Wachusett Summer Breeze Ale and other staples like Guinness, Hoegaarden & Boddingtons.

I was pleased with this place and is probably one of the better beer oriented restaurants on Cape Cod. Just note that the beer selection isn't even close to the BBC in Walpole.

Hibernator, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of JimFalzone
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Beer fans on the cape know that sometimes you need to drive pretty far for a good beer on tap, or at least battle a lot of traffic. This place is probably the best in Hyannis now that the local brewpub has gone out of business.

I noticed a couple bad reviews about the food. My opinion is that it's pretty hit or miss. I hear the food sucks in England, so maybe that's what they are going for. My recommendation is grab some appetizers but eat your dinner somewhere else. One thing the Cape does not lack is good restaurants, especially in the summer. If you are really hungry while you drink - get the lobster bisque. It's consistent and very good.

Their is a good tap selection leaning toward their theme of british beers. I love getting a few different types of Fullers. And there are the usual Guiness, Boddingtons, and Bass.

The atmosphere feels a little forced, but it's comfortable. This "british brew pub" sits on the main strip of Hyannis surrounded by t-shirt vendors and ice cream shops.

JimFalzone, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Tonyrobts
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%

Avoid the food. I had the fish and chips, which you'll notice they make a big thing about on their website. Utterly vile - I'm sorry, that's the best way I can describe what was served up. The fish was thin and greasy. The fries weren't the ones advertsied. It comes with onion rings (WTF?!!) which were soggy and greasy. Nasty nasty nasty.

Tried a couple of the British brews but they're really not meant to be served in any other way but cask-conditioned - they tasted boring and lifeless. I switched back to American beers and was satisfied. Only one Cape Cod beer on draught though, which was a shame.

My advice? Best avoided. Local alternatives? Not sure about that though...

Tonyrobts, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of danadeny
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

This is my favorite place to go when I am home on the cape. Even worth battling traffic in the summer. The selection on tap is great. All the big names from around the country, and some of the best American brews. The selection get even better when you see what they have for bottles. The selection is small enough that you don’t feel overwhelmed. The food is also good. The apps are standard, but the pizzas are some of the best around. I usually share a pizza when I go with some one, and we each have 2-3 beers. Price is reasonable, $4.50 - $5 for a pint. Same goes for food, a large pizza ranges from $10-$12. Overall a great place to sample some great stuff from around the world, all on tap.

danadeny, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%

Great selection of British beers, and even some odd stuff like Archer's Ale on tap. I'm a fan of those slate brewed Samuel Smiths so even though it was just bottle and not tap I was pretty happy with the selection, a wide variety of taps. And to boot - the draught comes in imperial pints (20 ounces).
As can be expected some of the menu is wasted on Bud/Bug Light/Coors, and the couple next to us was enjoying their Coors light. I didn't try any food, but my girlfriend did and enjoyed it.
A nice mockup of a British pub, dark wood, gold lettering large bar.

mschofield, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of goz
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

My wife and I spent a week in Hyannis over the summer, and we visited the BBC multiple times throughout the week. They have about 25 taps, many british ales, some locals, and an Interbrew tap w/Hoegaarden, Leffe, and Stella. I endulged in various British ales while I was there, as well as some darn fine Fish & Chips. Service was always top notch as well.

goz, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of Greenlabel
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

I've been to this outstanding beer pub about 5 times this summer and have never been disappointed. They're now up to 27 taps, about 14 or 15 from the UK. They also feature a few quality micros such as Buzzards Bay Lager, Newport Storm Amber, the ever-present Harpoon IPA and, surprisingly, Archers Ale (one of the few times I've seen this one anywhere). Also Hoegarden, Leffe, Spaten, Stella and Warsteiner among other "guest" beers. Have enjoyed such UK treats as Fullers ESB, Greene King Abbot Ale, McEwans IPA, Ruddles County and Tetleys on draft in oversize glasses. Food is good but not great. No complaints about price. Overall, their location in Sandwich may be better in ambience but Hyannis is more centrally located. I hope to return many times.

Greenlabel, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev -3%

This is one of the better "make believe" British pubs I've been to in haunting beer establishments. Great outside appearance that does impress of London, but, wait, this is Hyannis, home of shakes and shutters. A marvelous bar, dark wood paneling, nice seating, difficult Cape parking, but service that wants for some help. On the afternoon i visited there was only moderate traffic, yet the publican seemed unable to roust himself from conversation to serve the bar patrons. Waitresses also seemed to have difficulty getting their orders filled; shame, really, because the quality and selection were quite solid, but my frustration caused me to cut my visit short. Oh well, another day, a new publican.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

My girlfriend and i went here the second day through our beer hunt on Cape Cod. We passed by it on our way to the Hyport Brewing Co. the day before, and i just had to check this place out.
The outside of the building is great, with big gold lettering in old english script, and painted a laquered black. Very olde schoole looking. The interior is also pretty cool, with a big open area in the middle, and little alcoves of tables off to the side. Witty quotes are wrotten on the walls, and the bar area is very british looking, with the taps mounted directly on the bar.
It took forever for the waitress to notice us, which was a pain in the ass. I went and looked at the taps, and almost creamed my knickers British beer lovers wet dream. We sat in the open table area, where I guess it's a free for all until someone notices you. My girlfriend insisted we wait until the waitress noticed us, rather than order drinks at the bar, so the long ordeal began.
When we finally did get served, the waitress was very sorry, and expressed her apologies profusely. No free drinks, but what the hey. The tap selection featured many, many british bitters, pale ales, and stouts, most of which I've only seen in bottles. The bottled selection was pretty impressive as well, but who drinks bottled beer at a bar? I got a Greene King Abbot Ale, and the old lady got a Young's Ramrod on TAP. That's right.
Food was alright. All we got was the lobster bisque. It was good, but paled in comparison to Sir Cricket's in Orleans. I guess that's a tough mark to hit. I can't comment too much on the food, because we were really here for the beer.
A couple pints later, some band started playing. They were definitely no AC/DC. I guess it was alright, but I wanted a quieter evening. Not to mention there was no smoking, so we kept having to pop outside and abandon our pint for a smoke. That was decidedly inconvenient.
Altogether it was a great place, and if you can only hit one beer establishment in Hyannis, hit this one.

UnionMade, Jul 30, 2003
British Beer Company in Hyannis, MA
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.