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Penny Lane Pub
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
421 E Franklin St
phone: (804) 780-1682
(Place added by: keifffff)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5
I had the pleasure of dinner and a pint with OFS at the new Penny Lane Pub tonight. I accidentally went to the old location first; luckily, you can spit from the old location to the new location.
I was a bit disappointed in the atmosphere, of which I expected there to be tons. Walking through the semi-enclosed patio into the bar, my first impression was that this was an upper-middle class pub/restaurant trying really, really hard to be an English pub. I've never had the pleasure of visiting an English pub for comparison, but Penny Lane made me feel like I was in England as much as Applebee's makes me feel like I'm in a nice restaurant. Aside from trying too hard, I enjoyed the atmosphere. I thought the way they hang all of the beer glasses behind the bar was a nice touch. Very clean place too -- which I think detracted from the atmosphere. It just doesn't have that cozy "lived in" feeling I was expecting.
The other thing I wasn't ready for was the lack of selection. I was hoping for some more esoteric or harder to find English beers to be available on draught. The best they had to offer was a Belhaven Scotch Ale on nitro, which wasn't bad. But I was longing for something else to entice me to stay, and it wasn't there.
The food was delicious, and was my favorite thing about the place. I might go back again just to eat there.
03-27-2004 04:44:27 |
More by altctrlsdelete
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
I finally had a chance to make it to the new location for Penny Lane Pub. Sadly, I wasn't able to hit the old location to give a comparison. Fellow BA altctrlsdelete and I deicded to stop by for a pint and dinner.
Entrway leads to a multi-table open-air section, which is starkly contrasted by the bar area, which is where we sat. Low overhanging beams with all sorts of "stuff" hanging from the ceiling. Glass mugs are everywhere. Lots of "British"-themed decorations. I believe there was another section or two behind the bar area, but I didn't check that out.
Tap list is fair. Nothing macro, but nothing out of the ordinary: Guinness, Harp, Bass, Boddington's, Bellhaven, Legend, Murphy's to name a few. I had a Bellhaven via the nitro-tap and it was OK.
Lots of good food choices, inspired by the Home Island. I had the fish-n-chips and Matt had the bangers and mash. Everything we saw being brought out of the kitchen looked good and the serving size was on the big side.
Service was average. Out waiter was not too talkative and stopped by only once to see how we were doing.
Prices were high, in my opinion. $5 for a pint of beer on a Friday before 7PM? Happy Hour, anyone? Food prices were just a little higher than other pubs in the area.
Overall, I like Penny Lane. There isn't much, however, to keep me coming back. Commercial Tap House and Captial Ale House have a far better selection and the food is better at CAH. Still, worth checking out if you are in the area.
03-27-2004 01:17:22 |
More by OldFrothingSlosh
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
The new Penny Lane is now open! Been there a few times and each time gets better. The new location is the old french quarters restraunt on Franklin and 5th Streets. It has an enclosed open air porch in the front, which will be great in the warmer months, with a water fountain. Terry has enclosed the patio with plastic sheeting and has placed patio space heaters to warm the area up a little.
When walking thru the main entrance into the pub, its almost like dejavu. Looks just like the old place, but larger. There is also an upstairs pub with pool tables, dart boards, and other games. A very nice place. Terry O'Neil had to relocate due to city plans of razing his old block for a Federal Courthouse, but I think the new location is a huge upgrade. Will frequent "Liverpool" numerous time to come.
01-16-2004 20:22:33 |
More by keifffff
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Unfortunately, the N. 7th St. location is now closed. The only thing that remains is the beautiful, lit, Union Jack sign to the left of the doorway. The entire entranceway is gone and the windows are boarded up. There are plans to open up at 421 E. Franklin (on the corner of 5th and Franklin) but it hasn't happened yet.
10-04-2003 15:21:01 |
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