JCP3000 (1) Battlesbridge, England | December 28, 2010
10 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 1/20
Not a pleasant experience. The beer was off, the cider had turned into vinegar and there was a long wait to be served, followed by an awkward atmosphere.
The only good thing about this place was the oversized glasses, but personally this place isnít for me.
FreshHawk (14) Iowa City, Iowa | March 14, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Quaint little pub right around the City Centre area. A little hidden on the street, but there is a sign. You then go down the steps and enter the pub. Small interior that could seat maybe 30 people at most. Some music or a game on the radio in the background.
Go up to the bar and you will most likely get served by Stuart, an owner of the pub. He is very helpful and knowledgeable about English beer. Heís a really nice guy. Anyway onto the selection. I wasnít quite sure how to rate this. If you are only going there once or for one weekend, the selection is not all that good. There are 3 ales on cask that are constantly changing. In addition to that, there are 3 beers on tap (Urquell, Budvar, and Budvar Dark) and about 15 bottled Belgian beers (some Cantillon, a few Timmermans, a couple of Trappist, and some other Belgians).
However, where this pub shines is the cask ale if you visit there often. The cask ales change all the time as there are no permanent beers. This has resulted in the pub serving around 500 different cask ales in the 3.5 years it has been open.
There is a nice selection of food with good sandwiches and paninis and some nice homecooked meals, like the beef casserole. Different kinds of bread made each day. Some homemade food, but nothing special.
Overall a very nice quaint little pub. Nice rotating cask selection. The owner really cares about the ale and is quite knowledgeable about the beer, especially about the beers around the area. Reasonable prices with a pint of cask ales running about £2.40-2.50 a pint and you can order half pints.
Always toward the top for the best pub in Hull/East York by CAMRA (Winning in 2009). Also has a good selection of real cider too. Definitely worth stopping by if you are in Hull, but it isnít so special that you should plan a trip to Hull just around it.