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The Royal Mile
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
210 4th St
phone: (515) 280-3771
(Place added by: BuckeyeNation)
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere - The British are coming. There's one of those red london phonebooths, rows of scotch, fun tap handles and nitro taps on the bar, and it is dark. Cool stuff on the walls. It all comes together as a nice British pub.
Quality - clean taps, good selection of European beers, mostly British. There are usually a couple other Countries represented though.
Service - It is usually pretty easy to get a beer. The bar is about average length, with 2 or 3 behind it.
Selection - as mentioned, British. It's nice having Young's Double Chocolate, a lot of Fuller's, a few German Pilsners, and an array of other ales to pick from.
Food - I've heard it is good but greasy, haven't had it yet, despite having been to this bar quie a few times.
Value - pints are reasonable, and they are pints, which I approve of.
04-17-2013 21:09:33 |
More by Herky21
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The group of us came into the Royal Mile immediately after Fong's Pizza since they offered live music and I've heard of this beer bar from Beer Advocate and other top beer bar sites as well. Walking into a crowded and busy decorated venue, they had more taps for both beer and liquor then I've ever seen before! If it is available from the UK or Europe, they probably have it or could make it for you!
People here made the place! Tons of people at the bar, seated inside, outside on the patio, and then we found our group waiting with many others to enjoy beer outside while the live band was playing. Whatever your style is of comfortability while enjoying beer, you could find it here!
Glassware was up to par, menus updated, and bartenders were glad to pour samples. Great quality place all around!
It was tough to get our first round of beer since it was so packed again. We decided to make our way outside and purchase cans from the vendor outside. Limited availability of beers but nonetheless was much easier.
The selection was just like I thought it would be, very good but nothing I haven't seen before. I asked if they had any rare beers or aged brews and they said my best bet was to check out the bar upstairs called the "Red Monk". I enjoyed one outside with my team and then before the music started, found my way upstairs (my review on the Red Monk will follow this one).
A pub style bar, this one definitely could back up its name. Loud, fun, and cultured would be the three words that best describe this place. Check it out if you have a chance!
08-21-2012 20:10:03 |
More by DCon
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in during a recent trip to Des Moines from Iowa City, and this place came highly recommended. It mirrors the look of a typical British Pub. Lots of things on the wall, and some interesting whisky boxes that I always enjoy reading.
As we walked in, a friend asked the bartender for their whisky list, and was told that she did not have a whisky list, but a scotch list. Well, that put us off right away. My friend does not react well to condescending attitudes. Especially when a scotch IS a whisky. Anyways.
They have a great selection of Irish, Scottish, and English beers. I went with the classic Fullers ESB on tap, and it was wonderful. A great find, anywhere in the U.S. let alone in the middle of the Midwest. Another friend had an Irish Wheat beer that was recommended, and it was terrible. I can't remember the name, I apologize for that.
With so many places close by that have a better beer selection, and friendlier service, unless you are looking for an English Style Pub, and a great whisky selection, I'd say skip this one.
02-28-2011 19:06:26 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Came on a Wednesday night when there were only a few people in attendance. Sat outside, since the weather was nice. The inside looked like the typical British pub, dark with lots of brass and wood. Outside had metal patio furniture, not terribly comfortable. Low point: only draft selections were from Great Brittan. Nothing too spectacular, but they did have four nitro taps. High point: very good knowledge of available selections from the bar and wait staff. As the selection didn't do anything for me, I'd be unlikely to come back. But if British beer is your thing, the place is not too bad, particularly in what struck me as a beer deprived state.
09-12-2009 19:20:17 |
More by LittleDon
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
What a great find in Des Moines, Iowa. Coming from a larger city, I was pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful British pub. The beer selection is very good...and has my favorite beer on tap - Fuller's London Pride. The look is very good - reminds me of pubs I've seen in England, but baseball was on the telly and the music was louder than I'd like for ideal coversation.
Along with the beer selection, the food is fantastic...seriously good English pub food and good American dishes as well. My son rated the burger "as good as the Westport Flea Market" in Kansas City, and my wife and I loved all the trad English dishes we tried (bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, cornish pasty - we ate there 3 times while we were in Des Moines). The cornish pasty was my favorite dish...I've seen searching for a good one since I last bought one from a street vendor in Wales in 1982.
06-11-2009 03:45:33 |
More by Jayhawk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Smallish, dark, usually crowded. TVs on, lots of chatter. Good Britpub atmosphere. Smoking ban makes a huge difference here.
Generally good beers, though frankly not more than a couple on tap that I care to drink again, since I'm usually cruising for a review. If you're out on the town and like fairly straightforward British ales and lagers with a good range of light to dark, you should find something acceptable. Plenty of bottles, but they're oh-so-much cheaper at the liquor store.
Service is spotty; sometimes great, othertimes very slow. The bar area is usually crowded, making the get-your-own option more difficult.
Nice place to visit with friends and enjoy the atmosphere - not a high end bar by any means but enough different styles to suit everyone's fancy.
10-16-2008 02:43:38 |
More by BretSikkink
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Oh, the Mile, how I love thee.
If you have a hankering for an import brew this is definitely the place. The Mile is set up like an English longhouse, somewhat narrow, but surprisingly spacious. The wood panel walls and black wood beams give it an old-world feel, along with the fireplace and European beer posters.
The food menu has several classics, such as fish-n-chips and bangers and mash. I've never had a meal not fill me up here. Service is usually good, friendly and fast. The beer selection is big, BIG! Some I have trouble pronouncing, most likely Welsh. Their only negative for the beer selection is that they stopped carrying John Courage. WHY?!
Upstairs is the Belgian bar, with even more space to enjoy your meal with friends.
My only major note against them (besides the whole John Courage non-sense) is that they play music W-A-Y too loud during heavy traffic days like Halloween.
Always a pleasure to visit.
This place is MUCH more enjoyable since the smoking ban. But I miss being able to spend part of the night chomping on a cigar by the fireplace. Oh, the Scotch Egg is a meal by itself.
04-09-2008 23:06:17 |
More by DesMoinesMike
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Talk about a great place to stop and have a pint....this joint is the epitomy of relaxation. A cool easy vibe radiates from the dark wood and soft music.
STACKS OF THE BA MAG ARE READILY AVAILABLE.
This only adds to my relaxing dinner and beer experience. The selection is primarily english or western european in stature....more Sam Smiths than I have seen anywhere with a heavy summit and anchor influence and one Rouge tap.
I think it should be a requirement for any bar on BeerFly to have pumper taps...those things are awsome and give the best tap pour ever.
The temp of the beer here is perfect somwhere in the 40-45 deg renge you can actually taste the beer when you drink it.
The food is ok, I had the wings and fries, portion sizes are smaller than advertised..the wings were not all that flavorful...I wish I had tried the english grub but the wings caught my attention.
Overall...you need to stop here before heading upstairs.
01-31-2007 04:13:30 |
More by hoffman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was one of the Meet the Locals bars in the area, which were bars with a particular theme that would cater to patrons with an interest in said theme. Here, it was the English/Irish pub theme that was dominant.
The front door featured a stained glass window as part of its design, which was unusual.
Entering, the slightly L-shaped bar was directly to the right and featured four (4) cask beer engines (!), eighteen (18) taps, plus approximately one hundred (100) bottles in two coolers which sat along the back bar. Danger, Woody Robinson, Danger! I had not seen a selection like this in a while and I could not decide where to start, let alone when to stop. This was not helped by the very comfortable, deeply-grooved seats at the bar.
The space was not terribly wide, but it was very deep. The washrooms were all of the way aft. The length of the place was adorned on both sides with all sorts of advertising, both current and vintage. My favorite was the St. Jamess Gate: the Home of Guinness vintage poster which featured its menagerie, including a toucan, a kangaroo, fish, and on and on. Brilliant! They also had a Victory Harvest Ale poster, which made me feel right at home.
About halfway aft, along the left wall, was a flight of steps leading up to the second floor, with the kitchen at the top of the stairs. Turning right and heading to the front of the building, I passed through an arched doorway that lent a medieval feel to the upstairs bar area. Up there were stained-glass renditions of the Chimay, Westmalle, and Orval logos. The back bar was adorned with spent jeroboams of Chouffe, Piraat, and Gulden Drak, among others.
12-03-2006 17:16:06 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is my favorite bar in all of the great state of Iowa to visit. The slection of imports is second to none and even though they are slightly pricy it is worth it. The selection is hard to beat
The service is good when you can get ahold of a bar keep. They are very busy on the weekends and early evenings when the down town crowd is getting off work. The bartenders do know their beers though and always have great recommendations.
The food is better than the average bar food. The rueben is especially tasty and topped off with a good stout can't be beat.
The indoor and outdoor atmosphere is that of a small local bar where everybody meets to start off the evening.
I strongly recommend visiting this establishment if you are ever in town.
11-09-2006 05:25:32 |
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