British Beer Company

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British Beer CompanyBritish Beer Company

Type: Bar, Eatery

6 Middle St
Plymouth, Massachusetts, 02360-3308
United States

(508) 747-1776 | map

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Reviews by Freshie:
Photo of Freshie
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Small neighborhood pub feel, with cozy, comfortable feel. Upstairs parlor is has nice leather seating, dart area, and nice english import decorations on the wall. Good English tap selection, inlcuding Boddingtons, Belhaven, Fuller's London Pride, Greene King IPA (which was new), Tetley's, Guiness, with some others like Hoegarden, and Stella.

I went on a Wednesday night and there some interesting folk about, but I still had a good time.

Nice stop for drink, but nothing too fancy or exciting.

I'd be interested to back when it is a bit more packed and see if it would be a more exciting experience.

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Photo of brewme
3/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Have been here many times, but not too recently. They usually have a nice brew selection, & the upstairs is cool, but the bar downstairs is just too small. It can maybe fit 15 - 20 people.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of FoodiePilgrim
4.86/5  rDev +24%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

The BBC Plymouth, aka the Snug, is two different places depending on the season, and it's literally two different places between the bar and the upstairs area.

I always go upstairs, where there are big chairs and a fireplace and dartboards - I like the clubby atmosphere. It's a great place to relax and have real conversation and even negotiations.

In the winter, they very often have a cask-conditioned ale for the weekend. It's always expertly poured and it's always something interesting, usually pretty local.

There are several fine beer taverns in Plymouth, but I always come back to the BBC.

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Photo of arktos
5/5  rDev +27.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The original BBC. Yeah, it's wicked small... so what, don't care. Yeah they don't serve food... so what, doesn't matter. Gets crowded but have never had a problem getting served. Staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and easy to strike up conversation with. They've got a wide range of selections from local and beyond - always top quality and thoughtfully chosen. The best hangout in the area, tried and true and never disappointing. A comfortable cozy hole in the wall, great place to park yourself and warm up with a few pints... make sure to save me a spot.

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Photo of Gushue3
4/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped by here Saturday night with some friends and had a great time. Was really packed when we came in but after grabbing our drinks we headed upstairs where it was alot more comfortable with lots of big chairs and tables. 2 dartboards were open so we started playing.

They had 2 casks going and 10+ drafts. Some of the more memorable brews they had were Bruery 4 Calling Birds, 3 or 4 mayflower beers (one of which was a cask) and Troegs Java Head on cask. Nothing mind blowing but definitely a solid lineup.

The chill upstairs with couches and darts made it a successful night. If we were downstairs it would have been a short outing with how crowded it was down there.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The wife and I were on our way to Provincetown from York Beach, Maine, through Newburyport, Mass., and the Parker River Refuge. I looked at a map and saw Plymouth. Wait! I wanna go… the Founding Fathers! The Rock! And the Mayflower too…

And some beer! What’s with this British Beer Company? We looked around Plymouth and stopped at BBC. This is a tiny pub, just a hole in the wall. Same inside… a small bar packed with locals watching football, plus an upstairs “lounge” with some sofas. The whole thing reminded me of the pirate taverns of Fells Point in Baltimore. You could hear the roar from the dead-silent street…

The upstairs lounge was the real thing for us, empty and cozy, with an old grandfather’s clock and portraits of Churchill and Thomas More by Hans Holbein. Service was real nice at the downstairs bar, with a preppy college dude ready to pour beer. No food at this location (the other 9 locations do have a full menu), and somewhat high prices: $6 for a Mayflower IPA, $7 for a snifter of Moylan’s Hopsickle. Beer menu is updated online, which is always helpful.

The taps: Avery Kaiser, Dogfish Punkin, Dogfish 60, Coney Island, Anderson Valley, Kentucky Bourbon, Moylan's Hopsickle, Mayflower IPA, Southern Tier Pumpkin… plus Guinness, Bass and some Euros for the crowd.

If I lived around Plymouth, I'd be here every other day. As a visitor, I will make a point of coming here next time I'm around Cape Cod. Worth a visit, and then some.

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Photo of KBrennan1000
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

There have been several occasions where my girlfriend and I have traveled to Plymouth specifically to hang out at this BBC. We have one in Hyannis which is solid but Plymouth tends to have more of the hard to find beers that we enjoy. It is quite small and can be a bit overwhelming if it gets a little busy. I haven't checked out the upstairs yet but I plan to. The bartenders seem to know their stuff and are pretty friendly and engaging. This is definitely a good place to grab a drink, even if you're 45 minutes away.

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Photo of Chincino
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I've been to a few of the British Beer Company locations in the area and I've been to the one in Plymouth on numerous occasions.
I think this is definitely a place to check out if you're in the plymouth area. They usually don't have a very large selection of beers on-tap, but the ones they do have are usually decent.

One of the drawbacks to this location is that it is a lot smaller than the others so it can be crowded and when it is crowded it can be difficult to get a beer in a timely manner.

One big plus to this location is the area they have on the second floor where you can sit and relax on one of the couches and have a brew and play one of the games they have to choose from including chess, checkers, and connect 4. You can also play darts at one of the two dart boards they have on the wall on the second floor. If you have a group of friends just hanging out the second floor is the place to go at this establishment.

Overall this place is decent and worth checking out if you're in Plymouth, but it is not my favorite of the BBC's.

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Photo of masshlx
5/5  rDev +27.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was here, with family, just after opening this past Friday. I live a few towns away, have been to other BBC locations, but never this one. I obviously have been missing out on a treat. It's kinda a hole in the wall, off Main Street, in the center of town. The bar itself is real small, but has a touch of old pub feel to it. A spiral staircase leads up to what could be called a library, with big chairs, tables, dart boards and a tv. Bobby , who was manning the house while we were there, was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive (granted, we were the only ones there at this early time, but he could have just as easily done busy work, but instead chatted us up). One member of the party was a wine drinker, he knew just the right selection for her.
I tried Mayflower IPA and DFH 90 (a treat from the tap), both in excellent shape. There were at least a dozen other brews on tap, plenty of good selections for everybody.

Heads up, Mayflower Summer Rye was being delivered while we were there, told it would be tapped within a few days.

If your'e looking for someplace different, than the ordinary, this is the place. I'm hoping to get back here real soon.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

As a beer geek born and raised on the south shore this is arguably my favorite bar (the other being Union Brewhouse). It has more charm and is ultimately unique to the BBC chain.

If you've been to the other BBC locations this one is smaller, cozier, but doesn't have as much beer and no food. The downstairs is a typical cramped bar but upstairs has leather seats, darts, and a fireplace that is usually on in the winter. It looks just like an archetypal English pub. It's homey.Taps are traditional UK pub ales i.e. Speckled Hen, Belhaven, Boddington's, etc. with the local fav Mayflower IPA. Every once and awhile they have special events like a Dogfish Head 75 minute maple IPA cask or Mayflower promotions.

Some BBC Plymouth stories from some one who has spent a lot of time there:

During the 2007 World Series, there was hardly anyone in the bar and the bartender came up, "hey I ordered pizza for you guys, come and get it when you're ready." Sweet!

When I first discovered wits I drank so much Hoegaarden I had acid reflux for 2 days.

Don't stand under the spiral staircase or you will get beer down your back.

If you're looking for quiet, low-key pub night this is your bar.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Of all the BBCs I've visited, this one is my favorite.

Small and quirky - the staff is friendly and the atmosphere quaint. This is the perfect place to stop over for a pint on a rainy Monday. There are always a few older gentleman nursing beers in here during the day.

There is live music played upstairs. A cool spiral staircase gets you up there.

Prices are reasonable and the beer selection is about as you are going to get on the Plymouth Waterfront. While there isn't a tremendous variety here, what they have is quality.

So if you find yourself stranded and parched near Plymouth Rock, you can always stop here for a brew.

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Photo of SMADMS
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Frequent flyer at the British Beer Co locations however I had never been to this one before, strange as I live about a mile down the road and walk past it every weekend...This location does not have the expansive bar that the Walpole Ma location has but it has charm. This place is a hallway with 2 tables against the wall and seats for around a dozen at the bar. There is a lounge upstairs however I did not climb the circular staircase. 17 taps offer something for everyone, Belhaven, Guiness, Dogfish and an Avery Belgian Strong Ale which I recommend to name a few (Cask Condition Old Thumper coming Friday 7/11) The bartender was very attentive (little busy 12-15 people over 1hr that I was there) The prices are high but where else can you go and get a selection like this. The walls are covered in old English style advertisements and little saying written on the walls. No food at this location. Overall this location is for the drinker and that's it. The British Beer Co has always been a great spot for the beer drinker and this location is no exception

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Photo of JustEarl
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Cozy place, Great beer. Nuf said. The beer is always fresh, they move enough of it. Sure there are some BMC suspects on draft, but non BMC is worthy of a trip! No food here but you can bring your own. Regular crowd is worthy of a good laugh, Joe is the Mayor, Pete is his first Lady. Tonight I tried the Fuller's Winter Ale, First time that I have seen it in the States. Loved it.

By far a must go to pub if you are going to visit Plymouth. Sam Smith Pint Bottles abound! Great quotes are painted on the walls and rafters, even somebody's mom has her number on the WC wall!

Leave the kids at home, no Chicken Fingers here!

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This tiny bar is down a side street right near the Pilgrim historical park. It looks like it is the first floor of a town house, very small and inviting. Single room bar feels slightly cramped when you walk in, with the bar the full length of the right side of the room and maybe three or four two-seater tables down the left. But it feels like a typical English Pub straight from the UK, with that intimate, cozy feel. It was a Sunday night (and the Patriots had already played) so the place was virtually empty. Very friendly feel.

Decent selection of English-dominated brews on tap (maybe 15 taps). Three or four Fullers, a Speckled Hen, they also had the DFH 60min, Guinness, Bass, Newcastle, Smithwicks, a Strongbow, etc. I went with a Fuller Pale Ale and then their London Porter. Only one bartender and she was socializing as much as the customers – again just a tiny neighborhood bar that I’m sure has their fair share of regulars. No food or kitchen here. Three or four TV’s, so good place to stop in, have a beer and a laugh, and then keep on moving.

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Photo of packetknife
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

The smallest place in the U.S. I've ever been. Appears to have an upstairs but it wasn't open during the few nights I visited. The first night there were two tenders and not a large crowd but after our first round we waited and waited and waited until I finally went to the bar to wait some more to get served. One of the tenders seemed attentive but to his crowd, the other tender seemed more interested in catching up with her friends than working. I only give it a 2.5 on service because the second night with only one tender (completely different girl) we were very well taken care of. They had a decent selection of bottles including Chimay, Melbourne Brothers, Lindemann's, and Leffe. They had OK taps but none of their nitros were pouring really well (Boddes, Guiness, Old Specked, and Belhaven). Given that O'Tools down the street didn't even have functioning taps, this is about the best you'll get in Plymouth. And go hit the jukebox early as the music was attrocious until we chose our own songs.

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Photo of mschofield
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Much smaller than the Hyannis location if you're used to that one. Basically a small neighborhood bar, well .. one with 2 floors bar downstairs, parlor upstairs. The bar takes up almost one entire wall with some tables (3 or 4) lined up on the other one.
About 18-20 taps, Fuller's London Pride was the standout, Boddington's, Speckled Hen, Belhaven, plus Sam Smith in bottles. A few of the usual suspects like Guinness, Stella Artois and Hoegaarden as well.
Friendly service, you're not going to be more than maybe 20' if that from the bartender.
You're not in here for the food.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This hidden gem on a side street between the historic Mayflower, Plymouth Rock and downtown Main St. offers a comfortable and friendly place to enjoy a pint and escape the touristy crowds.
The space was formally known as Driscoll's Cafe. Driscoll's was a place where the fishermen, unemployed druggies and bikers met to drink shots and beers, play pool on a tattered table, and break pool sticks over each other's heads.
Now friendly patrons chat over a pint in an authentic English-style pub atmosphere.
Taps, from left to right;
Guinness, Bass, Tetley's, Old Speckled, Boddingtons, Belhaven, Pilsner Urquell, Stella, Fuller's London, Newcastle, Courage, Hoegaarden, Carlsberg, Double Diamond, Kronenburg 1664 and Warsteiner. I'm told that Young's is usually available. Many bottles are on hand, notably Sam Smith's Imperial and Fuller's London Porter. Yeah they have Bud, and some guys were gladly sucking some down, but nobody seemed to mind. Nice place for a pint or two!

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Photo of bennybrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

many many taps of mostly english and irish beers and ciders but there were a few others (spaten oktoberfest and hoegaarden that i had). they also had bud. good atmosphere with silly beer and drinking quotes up in the rafters. food is and interesting mix of pizza and english pub food (i had a cornish pasty) as well as burgers and sandwiches. service was pretty good for a friday night and emperial pints were well poured (beamish took a while). they had spelled hoegaarden "hougarten" (or something like that) though, perhaps to prevent pronounciation errors (i like to believe). good stuff.

also many scotches (none of which i tried).

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British Beer Company in Plymouth, MA
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