Visited on the way back from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2007. Called ahead and found out they had some good seasonal and special brews, so stopped in for dinner. Large restaurant in a sort of strip mall area, inside is designed with dark stained wood and a lot of glass, a lot of open space, seems like a nice place to eat dinner, intimate enough but also large enough. Beer selection was decent, a lot of seasonals, but not a lot of really special brews, such as the Bier de Garde, wit, hefeweizen, etc. Vintage bottle list was fantastic but expensive, but thatís how it goes. Another time and I might have bought something off the vintage list. Food was ok, but Iím pretty sure I ordered something I shouldnít have. Green onions, shrimp, bacon and gorgonzola on a pizza sounded really good, but ended up tasting like a baked potato or an omelet. Server was not so good, forgeting orders, bringing us the wrong sized glasses, acting like a "soft douche" - reminded me of the squirrely waiter from Office Space. Overall itís a nice place and I can see myself visiting again if Iím in the area.
Straight forward Iron Hill location so you know what youíre getting. A couple of new seasonals had been tapped so that was a plus. The bartender was fine, smiley and chatty. Typical pub fare can be found on the food menu.
I visited this place twice during a weekend trip to Philly for a wedding. It was directly across Bethlehem Pike from our hotel, and accommodated our 7 person family group extremely well. The restaurant itself features a big open bar area, with three different dining areas on either side. Very new, with nice design touches. Overall a very comfortable place. The food was good, we tried a wide variety of the menu and everything was nicely prepared. The beers are tasty, with a large number of rotating specials - I didnít try the regular lineup. Service was always prompt and attentive.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Thereís definitely an iron hill template with the waxed abd polished wood and the angular brushed metal. I love the square bar and the fact you can see the brewery from the bar. Iron Hill seems to be fairly autonomous in terms of what they make. I thought the Belgian Pale Ale wad good. The chocolate cherry stout was great and the ramrod is one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Of course beer of this quality does not come cheap. I also thought my pizza was very solid although next time Iíll go with the barley crust. Iíll definitely be back.
Parking friendly place located in part of some kind of commercial mall. The place very big and probably sits around 100. Divided in a few sections it doesnít feel so big. A large bar in the middle with about 30 seats around. Lots of tables. Depending on where you sit you can have a restaurant or a pub atmosphere. Like many large establishments the place has this overall too-clean franchise-like atmosphere, I prefer smaller pubs with a warmer feeling. When I was there the tap list was impressive with about 12 house-beers on tap and very few bland ones. Friendly waiter that offered me free samples of each beer I was interested in so I could make a good selection for the 2Ė3 pints to order. I didnít eat there but saw many plates go by and they looked like above average greasy pub fare. I would recommend eating there. They sell 750ml bottles but they are pricey ($20 each). A few of these bottles are really worth it. I left with 12 bottles total of the 9 beers they had available in bottles ($240Ö ouch!). All in all you cannot be in that neighbourhood without stopping by for a few hours.
Iron Hillís newest location. Located in the íThe Shoppes at English Villageí strip mall. Decent amount of beers on tap (~8 including seasonals). Food is decent. A semi-regular place I go to as it is close to home and kid friendly in the dinning area.
I have to admit this was not my favorite iron hill experience. The food was good but they forgot one my dipping sauce for my fries and my burger was about gone and the fries were cold by the time they got it to me. service was good but a bit dry and impersonal and the bar was somewhat small and overcrowded. the peanut butter porter was outstanding though. this will not keep me from going to other iron hill locations but I am unlikely to travel to the North Wales location again.