Elephant & Castle

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3.48 w/ 11 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

148 Sleraton Drive
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, 17070
United States

(717) 774-5435

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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

On the southern leg of a cross-country drive, the Elephant and Castle was a really welcome surprise at this older roadside Holiday Inn. Just south of Hershey and Harrisburg, I was not expecting a couple dozen taps, with many local beers represented as well as some outstanding micro offerings. Victory and Troegs are the local folks best represented, with 200 different bottles form all across the USA. Its a beer bar worth hitting on a long drive to break up a roadtrip or a welcome find if you're bedding down south of Harrisburg and looking for an evening pint. A welcome break stop. Generous with tastings, patient with the beer nurd chatter, and knowledgable enough about the local beers. I wish we had been one day later for a Christmas in July Mad Elf extravaganza.

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Photo of aaudette
2.31/5  rDev -33.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

Were staying in this small town at a hotel next door to the Holdiay Inn. Went to the bar, now called, The Copper Cup, based on the reviews on BeerAdvocate. The reviews are accurate - hotel bar/restaurant that has a few options. Approximatley 15 taps and 4 or 5 were decent. On the night we were there they had 2 Treogs, a Rogue, and a couple others.

However, the servers pour bad beers. Approximately 2 inches of foam. When we asked for a top off and proper fill, for the first time ever that I have seen, the server refused! We left and walked across the street to another hotel bar, Doc Holidays, that had similar taps but good pours and nice staff!

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Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Very good selection of brews to include local favorites such as Troegs and Victory. Lots of good craft brews, if not on tap in the bottle. The food was standard pub food in the English style. Service was descent but slow. I've been a few times. Sometimes were better than others. The atmosphere is very corporate in an English pub style. Very clean and upscale though the prices were very reasonable. Very convienent if you stay in the Holiday Inn, but I'd just drink there and head across the street to Pizza Hut for dinner.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

**This location has undergone a management and name change, I will have to revisit**

Located inside the Holliday Inn is Elephant & Castle. Atmosphere is not bad. It is a decent place to hang out and have a couple of beers but after a while you want something to do. Where are the dart boards? Have they never been to a real English pub? They also need to buy a few new TV's. Good amount of taps, around 20 I believe. A lot of it is macro but some of it is imported macro. Sometimes they will get some real good stuff but most of the time it will be in bottle form. They have a very good selection of spirits if you are into that sort of thing. The food is ok at best. It could be so much better if they took the time and effort to improve it. Service ranges from good to very bad depending on who is working. Some of them seem to not care at all and the others will help you right away. Overall, it is a good place to go and have a few but I won't be making it my everyday bar anytime soon.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We've visited here a couple of times, most recently during their Christmas in July promotion with Troegs. Atmosphere is a bit of a mixed bag. Being attached to a Holiday Day Inn, the exterior pretty much blends into that of the hotel but they do at least have one of those cute red phone booths outside that you can pose with for the obligatory picture. The interior atmosphere tries its best to recreate a traditional English pub experience, but with all the dim lights, wood everywhere, fake fireplaces, and book cases, it all seems very corporate cookie cutter. Maybe they are trying a tad too hard for the pub feel? Plus if you do get into the vibe and you have to use the restroom, you have to actually leave the restaurant and use the bathrooms by the hotel's front desk. WTF? Nothing like going from darkened English pub vibe into bright, busy hotel lobby! Still though, it's not terrible. It's just not terribly exciting either.

They have a good number of taps (around 20 or so) but most of it is macro or your typical pub macro imports. They do have a couple of taps set aside for craft beers, as I've seen Dogfish, Sierra Nevada, and of course hometown Troegs on tap as well. Food here is decent. Typical English pub grub like Shepards Pie, Bangers & Mash, etc. It's pretty good for the style and fairly reasonable and we've never had a problem with service here during our visits. Overall, this is worth a stop at least once to check it out. Decent English pub food and at least you know you can get a decent craft on tap. Plus I've got to give some props for working multiple promotions with the hometown brewery.

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Photo of Deuane
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Having made multiple visits here I felt it was about time to review E&C. A group of us hit the place up last night for X-mas in July featuring Troegs. They had all of Troegs seasonal beers on tap and a few regulars all for only $3 pint...save Mad Elf which was $5. We were hoping for Naked Elf too but alas no such luck!

This is a chain English themed pub in a hotel so things are pretty cookie-cutter and non-offensive. Nothing spectacular but nothing awful either.

I have never had bad service here and have gotten what one would expect.

Selection of beers is usually decent, with 7/25 being especially nice with the full line up of Troeg offerings. At other times they usually have on a few Troegs, a couple of macro crafts (Bass, Guinness, Stella), a few real micro crafts (Bells, Sierra Nevada, Boulder) and then the usual BMC offerings.

Food is fine but nothing special....save their house featured soup....Cock-a-leekie. I really like it a lot. It is chicken broth soup with chucks of chicken and leeks...really nice.

Overall E&C is a decent place to hit every now and then. It is a nice location to meet friends who live in the York area at since it is located between York and Harrisburg right off of I-83. It is not a place I frequent but if someone wants to meet there and have a few pints I certainly do not have an issue with it!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I have visited the New Cumberland location of Elephant and Castle several times and enjoyed the recent visit also. I find the English pub atmosphere enjoyable in a Ruby Tuesday's kind of way. The wood and antique style is mellow and relaxed.

The service is usually better than average although there have been times when less than the best on a packed night. I enjoy the pub grub and dinner specials are usually better than average. The selection is average w/ several micros and mostly BMC and imports as the focus. The quality is always very good and I won't hesitate to return when I am in the area again. The menu is family friendly and I like the fact I can get a Troeg's or Magic Hat with Guinness stew. I wouldn't go out of my way but overall the place is pretty decent.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The atmosphere is basically a corporate vision of a British pub, right down to the red phone booth outside. This location is also inside a hotel, and because of this it suffers a bit, but all in all the atmosphere isn't that bad, in fact I gave it a 3.5, so I'd say above average.

The service is spotty. I've been to this location twice, the first time the service was excellent, the second time horrible.

The selection is decent. Food is standard pub faire with a stress in the English, so you've got a stress on fish and chips, stews, ect. I had the Guinness meat-loaf which is very good. Tap selection is pretty good, with approx. 15-20 selections, mostly macro imports. They do have a lot of bottles available, which are all listed on the beer section of the menu.

A bit on the pricey side of things, but what can you expect when you're in a hotel restaurant.

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Photo of MsRogueRed
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is in a hotel, so atmosphere isn't great at all. They do have nice decorations on the wall, but it just feels impersonal to me.

The beer selection was adequate. Food was average. Nothing bad, but nothing especially good. We had sandwiches and its not difficult to make a good sandwich and fries.

Service was fine. Again, nothing bad, but I don't remember feeling anything extra.

I live only 15 minutes from this bar, but I have only been there once and probably won't return.

Nothing special tap-wise or bottle-wise.

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Photo of Edwin
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere - Not bad. It is a fun place to hang out and have a couple of beers, but it doesn't give that "this is my bar" type of vibe. The layout is very pretty, but has a labored feel to it.

Quality - It has an above-average quality to it. A nice, detailed layout. Prices are indicative of this, as it is always an expensive venture at this bar.

Service - Mucho problemo here. I have been to E&C 4 times and so far I have yet to get anything even resembling good service. My beer will sit empty for several minutes before anyone notices anything. Also, the staff's knowledge of beer is lacking. Guess no matter what name you give it, a bar in a hotel is still a bar in a hotel.

Selection - Lots on tap (almost 20), but a lot of it is macro. Some of it is imported macro. Every once in a while they'll get something pretty good, but that is mostly in bottles. The selection is above average, but nothing crazy.

Food - I had an appetizer here once. It was typical bar fare, so I gave this a 3.0. I will adjust if I ever get dinner there.

Overall - I just don't like this place all that much. I can name many better bars in the area. This is a chain and it shows. Go once for something a little different, but I don't think you'll be back too often.

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Photo of Jarod
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Finding this pub may be slightly hard if one is not familiar with the area. It is located in a hotel. But once it is found, it is worth it.
When you first walk in you have a decision left or right. Left is basic seating, right is the bar. The bar area is decorated in traditional English pub style. Large dark wood, mirrors and a great selection of beer. You would thing you were across the pond. They have 18 beers on tap. A large portion of this is dedicated to the large brew companies. Bud, Coor's, Miller, etc. This reflects the area were the pub is located. They do have micros on tap which rotate selection. As far as the bottle menu, they have over 80 bottles to select from. Some macro, but the majority is micro. or foreign (English, Irish, etc.) They rotate the stock to reflect mood of the patrons, to keep the beer fresh, or it bring in new stock and get rid of old or non selling stock. They also stock assorted liquors for those who want that.
There food menu is not overly extensive but has a nice selection. It ranges from appetizers to main dinner. The prices also reflect the atmosphere from moderate to slightly high, depending on the purchase. This is also reflected in the price of the drinks, from moderate to upscale.
Nice place to go and try something that is not the usual in the area, or for those who like different brews to try and drink that are not into the usual beer products (Bud, Coors, Miller, etc.)

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Elephant & Castle in New Cumberland, PA
Place rating: 18.2% out of 100 with 11 ratings
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