Iíve been in a few bar/pubs located in old New England mill buildings and theyíre all pretty much the same. Exposed bricks, high ceilings, exposed duct work, lots of wood. Makes for a nice looking location with the downside being, theíre a bit noisy. The food here was very good We ate from the "pub" side of the menu. Waitstaff was prompt and the food came out quickly. It was a Sunday evening. Not to busy. Beer selection was quite impressive. Nice place.
Tin ceilings, dark bricks, dark woods, nice atmosphere. Yes, there are TVs which were showing the Red Sox / Yankees game, but I wouldnít call it a sports bar. Theyíve got about 30 beers on tap, with a good selection of locals (Riverwalk) as well as some good craft from across the country. There were a few nitro drafts (BBC Coffee House Porter is amazing on nitro) and at least one beer on cask. Selection gets even better in bottles, and includes mead and cider as well. The bartender was very knowledgeable about what he was serving. I listened in while he helped out a curious BMC customer at the bar, offering samples and suggestions. My waitress was not as much of a beer sommelier, but was friendly, efficient and got everything right. Onion rings were very good, my short rib grilled cheese was decent and prices were okay... Maybe a little on the high side, but thatís typical of eastern MA.
Finally got to drop in and try this place out last night as I had some free time on my hands and hadnít haunted any bars in a while and very much needed to do so. Before I can even attempt to comment on the service, the atmosphere, the selection, and the food I have to firstly express my unwittingly frustration with the location of Main Street. Has anyone felt the same? Basically itís in the middle of a four-lane intersection and there are many turns to make even when sitting five minutes from the restaurant. Iím not a native New Englander so anything not on an apparently traditional grid system I find distractingly distressing to say the least. But as for the place itself, itís warm, inviting and everyone working was wearing all-black sweaters and long-sleeves which I found enjoyably minimalist. One of the prime reasons I had gone, had been because their website promised Wormtown Be Hoppy, but after sitting down and asking, my bartender had told me quite plainly she didnít know what I was talking about. There were a few other offerings from their website that I was itching for a sample, but only a few managed to in fact be present at the bar. Needless to say, their website needs to be updated. That being said, I had a good time at this place and would indeed be back. When I had walked in my first impression was that this was a sports bar with decent beers on tap. That impression has yet to change, but unlike a typical sports bar wherein the people who generally can found be there are the obnoxious kinds of Football lovers, at the Ale House I found an unprecedented sophistication amongst tourists and college kids alike. There was enthused bantering but virtually no drunken banshee screaming to be heard from any direction. The food was fine; I only tried a couple plates of appetizers and a soup, and they were certainly filling, just not an "amazing" experience I was believing itíd be. For the service, just about top-notch.. The waitstaff here never missed a beat of an order and also were super-fast in putting the sequences on the table in front of me. It was a busy night, as most probably are, so I was becoming increasingly on the worried side when it took a little longer than expected for my order to make it to my counter.
Stopped in on my way home to Maine from MA. Nice little spot only a ten minute detour off 495... and links right back up with 95 when skirting through town. Decent draft selection with over10-20 beers listed. Great bottle lists and prices..though I donít know if everything on the list is actually available. The food was good...and the service was fast and courteous. I had a couple local brews from Jacks Abby and Mayflower. Nice atmosphere with a high tin ceiling and a lot of seating options; booth high tables, bar and it looked like an outside patio as well. Good diverse draft selection... cant really complain with anything. Would certainly go back when Im passing through.
Visited on 23 August 2012. The pub has a nice Old World feel to it. They have a small loft on the second floor with a few flat screens TVís scattered around the place. Our waiter was very educated about beer and knew most of the drafts that were on. We had a great chat with him. The food was nothing less than fantastic. I had the marinated turkey tips with garlic mashed potatoes. The tips were cooked and seasoned perfectly. My girlfriend enjoyed her meal as well. No complaints at all. And if you want to see an updated draft list it is best to look at their Facebook page. Taps are rotated often and I have to make sure I find a reason to make my way back here soon. The taps happened to be so great I forgot to look at the bottle list altogether.
I went here for the first time today with the wife and kids. I know St Patrickís day probably isnít the best time to bring the family to a pub, but they enjoyed it. The beer selection is really good for the area with probably 20 taps and a bottle list thatís at least a hundred deep. The food we had was fantastic, my wife and daughter raved about the French onion soup and my shepherds pie was great as well. Our server was less than attentive, but it was busy and hes did apologize more than once and took some stuff off the bill for making us wait. I found the beer a bit pricey, 5 bucks for Guinness, 6 something for smuttynose. 8 for breakfast stout and choklat. Iíd go back again the selection a food were great. I would have rated higher if the prices were a bit more reasonable.
Big likes: beer list, atmosphere and interior, location. Likes: food (based on one dish). Unsure about: beer serving - unfortunately my Pannepot Reserva seemed off and at $10.50/glass was a bit of a letdown; I donít know alot about proper decanting from taps but the bartender was doing this awfully fast and seemed intent on just getting the glass filled to the top (i.e., no head); oddly, my saison was served in a shaker; server also seemed awfully intent on having me order something when I barely had time to look at the beer list, and then when I did order something she came back and said they didnít have it (OK then fix the list!). Overall liked it though and hope I have another opportunity to go back here.
The Amesbury Ale House is located in the former Pow Wow Grille. Nice old building in downtown with tin ceilings, a long bar along the left, booths on the right and seating on the first and second floors in the back. WE sat upstairs with a nice view of the Pow Wow River waterfall. Service was a little scattershot, but you could tell she was trying. We were quite a distance from the bar and she was serving a number of upstairs tables. She admitted a lack of beer knowledge and it showed. She only knew of beers through the menu and when there were typos on the menu, they followed through "Ballash" Point Sculpin was one of the faux pas...Quite a good selection of rare taps although a number of IPA offerings were not available and the tap list had not been updated. Rarities included Struise Black Damnation II and Angel Share. Beer was served a little colder than I desired, but in the correct glassware. There are also 2 casks although there was only 1 live one. Food was OK, not great, but not why we were there. Overall beer prices were as expected, food prices a little high, but overall good value and a fine visit if in the area - only a couple of minutes off I-95.