The Marlay House

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Type: Bar, Eatery

426 West Ponce De Leon Ave
Decatur, Georgia, 30030
United States

(404) 270-9950 | map

Formerly The Grange Public House- same ownership, new name, new chef.

Added by Georgiabeer on 02-12-2009

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've stopped in here a few times now but my visits are few in far between due to the large number of other great options closer to the square.

Atmosphere is nice. There's a huge patio out front with plenty of tables. Inside there's a bar in the middle of the space with booths lining the outer walls. The d├ęcor is what I would call traditional Irish pub - there's nothing ground-breaking but it feels nicely familiar.

Quality is OK. The glassware isn't always appropriate for the beer as almost all beers are served in pint glasses however they are served at proper temperatures with a nice cap of foam on top.

Service is good. I've never had to wait long to place my order for drinks or food and both always come out promptly. The bartenders and waiters also usually know what's on-tap and what's new.

Selection is also good. They've got a good number of taps (10-12) with a nice cross-section of styles. They also do a nice job of rotating out seasonals and one-offs.

Food is solid. I've only ever had the fish and chips here and they're decidedly above average.

Value is what I'd expect for the area, nothing overly cheap or expensive.

Overall this is a nice addition to an already great beer scene in downtown Decatur. Worth a stop if you're looking to change things up a bit.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of shivtim
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by on a Friday night and sat outside with friends. The patio area is pretty nice, mostly picnic tables, with brick walls. Unfortunately there were some smokers. I didn't venture inside, but I did briefly peer in and look around. Seems good.

Selection is good, even for Decatur. Decent amount on tap plus quite a few bottles. Mostly served in appropriate glassware.

We had average but friendly service.

I didn't try the food but I talked to someone who had a burger and said it was big and delicious, and someone else said their sandwich had stale bread.

Worth a stop, although if you're taking MARTA keep in mind the Grange is kind of on the outer edge of downtown Decatur.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

It had been quite a long time since I had been in this establishment. In fact, the last time I was here it was under its first management as - The Angel. Overall, I think it has improved. The interior is the same "U.K. -Style" Pub interior with lots of beautiful dark wood. The large square bar "island" dominates the central portion of the interior. Booths and tables are arranged around this island. There is a front porch area with picnic or bar-hall type tables. The menu is pretty extensive, ranging from pub-grub to healthy dishes and all points in-between. I had the spinach salad with chicken added, very good. It was brunch hours so my girlfriend had French toast and cheese grits. Massive portions on her dish and she said it was very good. The beer list is very good and not Brit-centric. I would say around 45 bottles and 26 taps. They had some really good beers on tap: I first had a Guinness 250 and followed it with an Ommegang Rouge both served in the appropriate labeled and styled room-temp glassware. That was one of the cool things about The Grange, they have all the appropriate glassware for the beers on tap. I would expect this from the Brick Store up the street but it was a pleasant surprise here. It was obvious that the beer choices, resulting list and glassware were assembled by someone that knows what they are doing and cares about beer. With offerings like Ommegang Rouge (super tasty Flemish Red), a few other obscure beers, and good food, I will be back.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

An authentic Irish pub that occupies the former Angel space in Downtown Decatur. The owners are Irish and the space truly shows: deep mahogany oak wood throughout with nice white tile flooring. Very cozy around the large bar area and booth seating lines the sides. Front patio is very spacious and offers some nice people watching on West Ponce de Leon Ave.

I had two Stone IPAs when I visited a few weeks ago. Other notables on the draft list: Stone Pale, Victory Golden Monkey, Sweetwater 420, Terrapin IBA, Allagash White, Weinhenstephan, St, Bernie Abt. 12.

Service was quick and polite. We noshed on chicken & meat skewers and had no complaints. And the rest of the menu looked pretty darned tasty.

Said hello to 1 of the owners who commented on his newfound respect and love for US craft beer. I'll be back.

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The Marlay House in Decatur, GA
3.88 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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