United States > California > Redwood City
t0rin0 (960) Riverslime, California | November 6, 2013| Updated November 7, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited November 5, 2013.
Kind of bummed that it took me as long as it did to stop in here considering Iím in the neighborhood several times a year. For a restaurant itís pretty small, maybe eight or ten tables. They have a pretty limited menu that tries to be British. What fascinated me about the place is that itís in no way owned by the breweries that donate their recipes. All I can assume is that itís a free form of marketing for them. All the beers are made in house and have the Freewheel logo and name on the cask handle but on the menu it tells you where the recipe comes from. Whatís also interesting is that they only serve their house beers on cask, though they have two guest beers on draft. They list seven house beers but admittedly they only have room for five so they basically just rotate the beers as they have space. The brewhouse itself is pretty small, maybe 7bbl but they only brew at about half capacity. Prices were reasonable on drinks, maybe a bit high but not too bad ($6.75 on imperial pints and $8.50 for a sampler of 5 5oz pours) and a little higher on food. All the beers are fairly low ABV so if you find one you like you donít need to worry about getting too buzzed on one beer. Only two beers were over 5% and none over 6%. I thought the ESB was the best but it, like the others, had some green apple flavor that I wasnít fond of. Very neat concept (British pub isnít that exciting but the fact that theyíre sticking to only English beers and even collaborating with English breweries is interesting) and Iíll be back to see if the beer improves.
bytemesis (292) Sunnyvale, California | March 29, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in for lunch on my way to K&L today. Place has been open since January, and brew their beers in the English tradition - everything are cask poured Real Ales. Five taps running when I was there, and they sell a 5oz taster flight of all of them for $8.5, which is a pretty good deal. They have gotten their restaurant part up and running since WomenCantSailís review - a fair amount of seating and a decent bar menu, including some British faves like fish and chips. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was pretty good and well worth the $8. Now for the beers. They are English style as I said. All are decent enough, nothing really stands out as special. A place to watch as they get into the flow of things, however.
brokensail (617) Orange County, California | February 19, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Small tasting room with some food (not full meals) available. All English style, real/cask ales available (offered in imperial pints and halves). They also do 5 ounce samples in a flight. Beers are all very easy to drink, clean, and enjoyable. Not necessarily something the beer geeks will clamor for, but solid stuff.
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