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Taps: 9 / Bottles: 27
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
124 S 18th St
phone: (215) 558-2500
(Place added by: hhkal17 on 01-05-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 4
Reviews by eldondre:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Well, the atmosphere is victorian english pub. This sprawling place consists of a corner bar area, a mid level bar area, and an upstairs group of rooms that have a lot of dog stuff. They put a lot of money into replicating the pub atmosphere. the fish and chips are excellent but no bargain. the english cask ales are tasty, though I was disappointed not to see fuller's. beer selection outside the handpumps is okay, with a handful of locals including yard's. overall, this is a great place to drink and feel the english pub experience, but you'll pay.
03-01-2011 15:58:08 |
More by eldondre
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Hanging out in Rittenhouse and decided to stop in for dinner. This place is like stepping into a British pub. They had a good assortment of beer, offering both US and UK. Our waitress was decidedly disinterested so we wound up just getting beer and a cheeseboard and leaving. Considering what Philly has to offer, it didn't tickle my beer fancy.
10-14-2013 23:54:19 |
More by cakimbrough
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This place was pretty nice. A bit on the classy side, with fancy British-style decor and barware. There's a busy scene downstairs with a good sized bar and lots of tables. I flew right by the second floor, which seemed like all dining area, and went right to the third floor, because I knew that it was here that there was a small bar (seats about 5-8 people) that serves beer from 3 casks. Supposedly these 3 rotating beers are rare. Generally simple British or British-style beers on tap, and British fare on the menu. The food I sampled has been good so far, but seems a little on the pricey side. There's a rather large staff, and they seem pretty on the ball, and the bartenders were pretty friendly.
It's nice, but considering all factors, it's pretty easy to come to the conclusion that this is a hipster joint / tourist trap wannabe venue. Beer destination? Meh.
04-30-2011 18:23:37 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I've wanted to visit this place since they opened and finally went with my wife for dinner last night. There are very few places that sell British beers on cask so I was really excited to find out that they would be in regular rotation here.
The building is basically set up like an English countryside home with three floors and two bar areas. Pretty dark with lots of wood accents and earth tones along with stuffed foxes, and other interesting things adorning the walls. The first level is a large bar area that is surrounded by high tops and dinning tables. This is pretty much like an old English pub and the restaurant portion really starts on the second floor where the host stand is. There s a small dinning area with two high tops and a very long table for larger parties. The third floor is the man dining area with around 25-30 tables and another small bar area. It feels like the top floor of someone's house. A very cool layout and interesting take on the English pub/Inn.
This is a Stephen Starr restaurant so I was expecting the food to be good but it was incredible, exceeding all of my expectations. Very pricey but every dish was amazing! The fish and chips was $21(!) but the piece of fish was massive and coked perfectly. Served with malt vinegar and the chips were thrice fried. The cheese board came with three excellent cheeses, biscuits, grapes, honey, quince jam and the portions were substantial. Another hit was the rabbit pie. Prepared like a shepherd's pie with smoked bacon, cippolini onions, oyster mushrooms and grain mustard. Perfection! They also have a large selection of craft sodas and coffees to go along with their dessert menu.
The biggest attraction abut this place and what I was looking forward to most as the British beer. Unfortunately, they only have three casks and two of them had American beers on. Boo!!! One was a barleywine and anther a brown ale. Why would they do this if they have the opportunity to serve three British ales on cask at the same time? Extremely disappointing. That being said, the one real on cask that they had was sublime(Thornbridge Jaipur English IPA) and they had around eight regular drafts, six of which were English, two of which were English styles from American breweries. In addition, they had a decent bottle selection that encompassed many different styles and countries. I just wish they had more beers from the U.K.
Another cool feature of this place is that they offer half and imperial pints of everything on draft. This is good if (a) you're a ticker, (b) you want to try everything and (c) you don't want to spend $12 for a 20z cask beer!
Overall, this s a welcome addition to the amazing Philly beer scene. The atmosphere is great, the food is wonderful and they have a decent selection of British beers. They just need to utilize the casks more appropriately. I know that this is a new format for most people but two of the three beers they were offering don't benefit from being served this way. I think it would be more successful if they kept true real ales on so newcomers can experience the true potential of cask beers. Other than that, this place is pretty awesome.
04-24-2011 05:21:08 |
More by corby112
The Dandelion in Philadelphia, PA
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