The Royal Mile
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.54/5 rDev -14.5%
The place has a small TV or two and a few ramshackle tables and booths on the side. The bathrooms are disgusting. There's plenty of British decor. There's no smoking, but the place may turn some off. It's a little rough, but homely. This bar does cater to soccer fans.
The beers are a wonderful selection for Iowa. I always get the Fuller's London Pride. There are plenty of other British beers and sometimes something else from Europe on tap, as well as strong Scotch library. However, it is a niche audience. Not everyone will find something agreeable here.
I've always had excellent service here. I worked at a major employer downtown and could walk down the skywalk, stop in for a pint and meal, and be back in under an hour on weekdays. Granted, my "lunch" was at 4:30 PM, so I caught the initial happy hour crowd.
Food selection is primarily British but some standard American food is offered. The kitchen here is vastly underrated. The steak and ale pie is my favorite wonderful comfort food during the cold months, I frequently got this pie and two Fuller's pints and was out of the bar for under $20, tip and all. Other highlights are the shepherd's pie and the pot roast.
I love the Royal Mile and will be making a trip back there as soon as I'm in Des Moines again, which is hopefully soon.
01-01-2014 06:29:15 | More by RyanPoff
3.92/5 rDev -5.3%
Atmosphere - The British are coming. There's one of those red london phonebooths, rows of scotch, fun tap handles and nitro taps on the bar, and it is dark. Cool stuff on the walls. It all comes together as a nice British pub.
Quality - clean taps, good selection of European beers, mostly British. There are usually a couple other Countries represented though.
Service - It is usually pretty easy to get a beer. The bar is about average length, with 2 or 3 behind it.
Selection - as mentioned, British. It's nice having Young's Double Chocolate, a lot of Fuller's, a few German Pilsners, and an array of other ales to pick from.
Food - I've heard it is good but greasy, haven't had it yet, despite having been to this bar quie a few times.
Value - pints are reasonable, and they are pints, which I approve of.
04-17-2013 21:09:33 | More by Herky21
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
The group of us came into the Royal Mile immediately after Fong's Pizza since they offered live music and I've heard of this beer bar from Beer Advocate and other top beer bar sites as well. Walking into a crowded and busy decorated venue, they had more taps for both beer and liquor then I've ever seen before! If it is available from the UK or Europe, they probably have it or could make it for you!
People here made the place! Tons of people at the bar, seated inside, outside on the patio, and then we found our group waiting with many others to enjoy beer outside while the live band was playing. Whatever your style is of comfortability while enjoying beer, you could find it here!
Glassware was up to par, menus updated, and bartenders were glad to pour samples. Great quality place all around!
It was tough to get our first round of beer since it was so packed again. We decided to make our way outside and purchase cans from the vendor outside. Limited availability of beers but nonetheless was much easier.
The selection was just like I thought it would be, very good but nothing I haven't seen before. I asked if they had any rare beers or aged brews and they said my best bet was to check out the bar upstairs called the "Red Monk". I enjoyed one outside with my team and then before the music started, found my way upstairs (my review on the Red Monk will follow this one).
A pub style bar, this one definitely could back up its name. Loud, fun, and cultured would be the three words that best describe this place. Check it out if you have a chance!
08-21-2012 20:10:03 | More by DCon
3.33/5 rDev -19.6%
Stopped in during a recent trip to Des Moines from Iowa City, and this place came highly recommended. It mirrors the look of a typical British Pub. Lots of things on the wall, and some interesting whisky boxes that I always enjoy reading.
As we walked in, a friend asked the bartender for their whisky list, and was told that she did not have a whisky list, but a scotch list. Well, that put us off right away. My friend does not react well to condescending attitudes. Especially when a scotch IS a whisky. Anyways.
They have a great selection of Irish, Scottish, and English beers. I went with the classic Fullers ESB on tap, and it was wonderful. A great find, anywhere in the U.S. let alone in the middle of the Midwest. Another friend had an Irish Wheat beer that was recommended, and it was terrible. I can't remember the name, I apologize for that.
With so many places close by that have a better beer selection, and friendlier service, unless you are looking for an English Style Pub, and a great whisky selection, I'd say skip this one.
02-28-2011 19:06:26 | More by MarcatGSB
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
Came on a Wednesday night when there were only a few people in attendance. Sat outside, since the weather was nice. The inside looked like the typical British pub, dark with lots of brass and wood. Outside had metal patio furniture, not terribly comfortable. Low point: only draft selections were from Great Brittan. Nothing too spectacular, but they did have four nitro taps. High point: very good knowledge of available selections from the bar and wait staff. As the selection didn't do anything for me, I'd be unlikely to come back. But if British beer is your thing, the place is not too bad, particularly in what struck me as a beer deprived state.
09-12-2009 19:20:17 | More by LittleDon
4.78/5 rDev +15.5%
What a great find in Des Moines, Iowa. Coming from a larger city, I was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful British pub. The beer selection is very good...and has my favorite beer on tap - Fuller's London Pride. The look is very good - reminds me of pubs I've seen in England, but baseball was on the telly and the music was louder than I'd like for ideal coversation.
Along with the beer selection, the food is fantastic...seriously good English pub food and good American dishes as well. My son rated the burger "as good as the Westport Flea Market" in Kansas City, and my wife and I loved all the trad English dishes we tried (bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, cornish pasty - we ate there 3 times while we were in Des Moines). The cornish pasty was my favorite dish...I've seen searching for a good one since I last bought one from a street vendor in Wales in 1982.
06-11-2009 03:45:33 | More by Jayhawk
4/5 rDev -3.4%
Smallish, dark, usually crowded. TVs on, lots of chatter. Good Britpub atmosphere. Smoking ban makes a huge difference here.
Generally good beers, though frankly not more than a couple on tap that I care to drink again, since I'm usually cruising for a review. If you're out on the town and like fairly straightforward British ales and lagers with a good range of light to dark, you should find something acceptable. Plenty of bottles, but they're oh-so-much cheaper at the liquor store.
Service is spotty; sometimes great, othertimes very slow. The bar area is usually crowded, making the get-your-own option more difficult.
Nice place to visit with friends and enjoy the atmosphere - not a high end bar by any means but enough different styles to suit everyone's fancy.
10-16-2008 02:43:38 | More by BretSikkink
The Royal Mile in Des Moines, IA
92 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.