Fin (1146) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 2, 2016
We visited The Fiddler on Sunday 2nd October 2016, we came in here more to get out of the rain than anything else today as the weather was pretty dreadful today. The Fiddler is reasonably centrally located I guess it’s a large corner pub on Riviervismarkt and Schoolstraat and sits facing a large church.
It really is a big place by your normal Dutch standards, lots of wood, seating both on the ground floor and first floor (toilets upstairs as well) and a few large screens for sport. We sat by the window looking out at the rain and church. Service at this time of day (just after midday) was brisk and friendly as it was so quiet.
Beer choice on tap appeared to be just their own beers on cask handpump and keg. I never looked at the bottle list. The beers were ok but nothing special. You get the sense that this place is going to get left behind if it doesn’t move with the times. It’s got a great location, it’s a big place, but selling UK style beers that taste like beers of yesteryear in a fast paced and changing beer world seems utterly daft to me. We came here to avoid the rain and get our bearings as much as anything, the rain had now stopped so we headed off. One plus point, the music seemed quite good with Steelers Wheel ’Stuck in the middle with you’, Dylan and a bit of Zep’ also getting a run out.
Rather large English-style brewpub with lots of wooden interior including barrels as tables. Nice atmosphere here, but it was also not really crowded during my visit. I got a tasting flight with six of their taps (only five of them really fitted into it) for a reasonable price. Besides their own beers, there are some macro beers available. The bottle list is rather extensive though, with lots of Belgian, German and English classics, but also many Dutch micros on it. Prices for them are a bit high maybe, but other than that it’s quite a nice selection (no rarities though). Service was friendly and quick. Nice pub, would come here again, although their own beers were not that great.
Big place with lots of wood. Good atmosphere in the late evenings, lots of internationals. TVs every here and there showing sports. Their own beers from casks, food seems good and service is friendly. High prices. Beers are average I’d say but after a couple of pints they become better :) I don’t know, it’s okay I guess but I would visit only when something new is available.
Visited on Saturday 26/09/15 around 9pm for the Rugby World Cup game as much as the ticks. Had previously visitied in 2006. The place was booming but we managed to pinch a table that didn’t have the greatest view of the rugby. The place is set up for live sports and a Spanish football game was being shown upstairs with multiple screens both large and small on each level. Beer wise they brew their own which are of an English theme and on cask in the most part ... all a bit twiggy and basic but I’ve had worse. We also came across a few Belgian and Spanish ticks in bottle. The decoration here is a little tired, kind of stuck in the 90’s old skool US brewpub, dark with lots of wood.
Service wasn’t bad bearing in mind the crowds.
Overall worth a visit for a ticker to pick off their own brews but don’t be expecting anything great.
Expansive brewpub. Good atmosphere here although it was an eye opener to see how many Dutch peeps have Welsh roots, or so it seems as they were all cheering for Wales against England in the World Cup Egg Chase. 7 home brews on offer and to be frank they are a bit home brewish. Competent, mostly clean but all lacking flavour, especially the stronger ones here. The bottle list gave up a few ticks including some obscure Spanish beers. Food was decent. Staff friendly. Nice place. Could be great if the beers could be (much) improved and varied.
Last visited in September 2014. Big "English pub" with a central location. To be honest I tend to avoid places like this when I’m abroad - faux englishness is not generally what I’m looking for. But it is a brewpub so merits a look. The beers are English-style too and I’ve generally found them rather mediocre. The same beers were on offer both times I’ve visited but it looks like they do vary the range a bit so I may have just been unlucky. Definitely worth one visit if you wants the ticks but I wouldn’t bother to go back in the absence of something new for me.
Easy to enough to find & a short tram ride from Den Haag central station. Place looks like a Belgian UK-style bar as opposed to a British pub. Looks a bit worn by use. Place had quite a few kids in it or more like a big family that had their children running around half the place, bumping a few times into my table, blowing bubbles,… Not sure if this is usual or not, I have nothing against children but you shouldn’t take like 3 tables spread across a huge bar & move your kids around all of the time & intrude into my space. Not sure if the bar can do a lot about this or whether it is a normal sight. Anyway they had 7 of their own beers on tap, UK-style & on cask. 4 € only to try shot glass sized portions of them which is a great deal if you are into ticking. Beers were honestly rubbish in my opinion, all safe for one had notes of butter & vegetables which I got the impression they think is okay because they are cask,… Glad that I only had to do a couple of cl. Because doing ½ pint of these wouldn’t be fun. They had a bunch of other beers there at what looked like normal NL prizes to me. Nothing really interesting or unusual, decent or even good beers but selection just seemed random and a bit bland with occasionally lucky guesses. Seeing Brooklyn Lager was quite interesting. Audience just seemed like locals who are more into macro pale lager than anything which might explain decent amount of people drinking their beers. Service was standard, nothing special but nothing to complain either about. Food saved the experience a bit for me, they actually had a clearly label vegan main dish on the menu – no idea how common this is in the NL – I was quite happy. Food was rather nice, quite good potatoes & a paprika stuffed with well-done champignons. This might suffice for a dish & one beer & the ticks.
As I walked up to the entrance, loud sounds were permeating the walls and windows, but I continued inside. There are a few tables on the main level but when football (European that is) is on, those and the bar area are quite crowded. There is seating upstairs but no bar service until 8:00 PM. I loitered around a bit sampling various beers from the lengthy list (primarily Netherlands beers). As soon as a couple abandoned their small table I took it and continued on with my beers and then food. The food was fresh and I enjoyed the stuffed pepper alongside my beers. I tried a couple house beers and they were pretty good. The service was fairly prompt.
Very big English-style pub. I can sometimes be very crowded and noisy. Look slike a typical pub, service is jut OK because of the big crowd, they have some nice bottles and standard taps, but also have their own beer which ranges from disgusting poison to quite drinkable. Decent enough if you’re in the area.