Saturday night, fairly busy, inside and out. Decor needs a bit of a refresh. Good service. Big menu. Good service. Small selection of their beers, plus a couple macros. Their beer is okay. I’d go back, for sure.
The Cambridge House Brew Pub is located in rural CT and was somewhat on our way to hiking the CT high point, Mount Frissell. Outside a glistening silver horse greets guests and invokes immediate conversation as to why this is here. Inside the bar and dining area are to the left. We chose bar seats and promptly negotiated a sampler tray along with a pint of the seasonal offering. Directly behind the bar is a small brewery with empty commercial bottles lining shelves above the tanks as if the brew master was collecting memories of all of his brewing inspiration. The food was good pub fare and reasonably priced. Our service was fine but not well versed on the beers.
Stopped here on the way out of Bradley airport on the way to visit family. Fairly anonymous look to the exterior, might be town by laws or what they choose to go with. We sat at the bar, woman behind the bar was very efficient, had what’s I’m guessing was a German accent, but could of been another Eastern European outcry too. Nice selection of house beer, I didn’t look for anything else, so I don’t know if the offer bottles. Thought the food was real good. I had a rueben, my wife a quesadilla. Both were very good. Had the IPA that was on. It was good, not great. Prices seemed fair for what I got. Glad to finally get here as I use to read about it a lot when I live in the metro west area of Boston and meant to visit , but never did. Worth a try, not gonna say go out of your way for, but it’s only 20 minutes from Bradley airport so if you find yourself driving through the area give them a try
A cozy brewpub in western CT. This is actually a fairly large place with an outdoor patio and plenty of indoor seating (looks like at least 2 rooms). The crowd on an early Friday evening was quite local. There were about 6 house beers on tap - the IPA and kolsch were excellent, the ESB was pretty decent too. There are also around 6-8 guest taps (generally local CT or MA beers, but not exclusively). Beer prices were reasonable ($4/pint, could have been a happy hour special). The food was around average to above average pub food quality, but the prices were a bit high. $12 for a chicken salad sandwich which was mostly bread, lettuce, and tomato...Overall, I did enjoy my stop here and found the beers to be better than expected. Worth a stop if you’re nearby, although the bill could be pricey.
My GPS thinks this is on the other side of the street but we manage to find it anyhow. I stopped here last week for dinner while on vacation with the family. Maybe a half mile outside of town this unassuming building looks like a converted house from the outside. We arrived later for dinner to find a full parking lot, but luckily it was not a totally full restaurant and we were seated quickly. Loud boisterous seating area with a bar off to the right side of the building and tables off to the left and around the bar and on the deck. 5 house brews on tap and maybe the same number on guest tap make the selection decent enough. The food is standard pub fare and tasty enough, the service was attentive and at the ready. Loud local vibe adds to the ambiance, pricing in line with everything else on the trip. The beer was hit or miss, with one a huge mess. I might go back if I was in the area.
(Visited 06/2013): Drove to Granby from BDL based on an airport advertizement for this place believe it or not. Located on a scenic road called Salmon Brook. There is ample parking all around the house.
The outside does look like a house. There is a deck/patio in the rear where the entrance is, along with a decorative horse. Inside opens to a host stand, with the bar immediately past, which has table seating around a central bar. Brewing equipment is visible, as is a rather large bottle collection. Large chalkboard listing the available beers.
Cambridge House has 5 house beers on draught. On my visit this included a Black Lager, Pale, Kölsch, IPA and "Steam Boch". The beers are all average to above average, and are available in a sampler. In addition there are guest taps from other regional craft brewers like Narragansett and Berkshire.
Service at the bar on a busy weekday evening was pretty good. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beer and friendly.
I did not have any food on this visit.
Overall this place is not really worth going far out of the way for just for the beer, but the scenery coupled with the selection makes it worthwhile.
Unfortunately I could only afford a blazingly quick drop-in here. I liked the "big old house" feel of the place and the staff was friendly. The menu was inviting enough, if standard New England pub fare. I only had one beer -- it was just OK, but I thought their offerings looked sturdy and relatively varied. Would like another chance to visit. (Brewery #595)
Finally made it the the original Cambridge House. Good sized bar. Staff was friendly. They had about five beers of their own on tap and five or six guest beers on tap. I only ate the buffalo wings but they were very good.
Nice little place with the brewpub atmosphere. limited selection of only 4 of their beers but they were well done and reasonably priced. Food was great, Jambalaya was spicy and tasty. Nice small town stop if youre around.