SHIG (290) Bury St Edmunds, England | November 26, 2016
Was taken here by Hubsluvsbeer and was very impressed. They had just released Red Agnes and it wasn’t to crazy. Their meads are world class and very tasty. The service was a cut above. A must stop! The only downside at all was parking. Good luck.
It is a cool small bar with some tables inside and some tables and chairs outside. I called and asked there hours and were supposed to be open on Thursday, but must have changed their hours since I called. Sad short hours. Pricing is high. Will update rating if I actually get to try their meads here.
Visited here around noon on a Saturday, and no one else was in there when we walked in. Another group came shortly after we got there, though. The place is at the end of a block of newly renovated storefronts, and it has a sort of strip mall wine store feel. Textured dark yellow walls, sort of generic artwork. Not a lot of character. There are 24 (!) tap handles on the back wall, but I think most were empty. Most of my pours came from bottles behind the bar. They had a few bottles available to go, but nothing crazy at the time. They have full pours of about 10 meads available, plus one ounce pours of a few more, plus flights of three one ounce pours. They can be a little rigid about flights - there were a couple where I wanted two and they don't like to sub, but I convinced them to - but otherwise there's usually a way to get what you want if they have it available. The meads themselves are world class. They're not cheap - $8-$28 for full pours, $7-$12 for flights, and $7-$25 for one ounce pours - but they're special. The two bartenders were attentive and knowledgeable. I'm sure I'll be back next time I make it up to the Detroit area. Strongly recommended for a top-notch mead experience.
A nice little spot that has a bit of a wine tasting room feel to it. Service was good and they knew about the mead. They had about 12 meads available and almost all meads had the option of a small pour. We did not try the food on our visit. Prices are expensive but it is world class mead. A must stop if you are in the area.
On a busy street, but very busy inside at all. Nice selection of lots of their meads, including rarer ones. However, the prices were insanely high. $12-$28 for a glass. Small bits of food, solid but not their wheelhouse. I’d come back if close.
Visited on a Saturday early afternoon. There is a paid parking lot almost right next to the facility, so parking is easy, you just have to pay for it. The area seemed to be a fairly trendy area with lots of nice looking restaurants and shops. Could be an interesting area to spend an afternoon. Inside, it is much cozier than I would have expected, but seemed to have plenty of room. Only a couple other parties were there during my visit, so it stayed fairly comfortable. The service was pretty good. As soon as we walked in and sat down we were greeted and offered a drink menu. They told us it was a bit out of date, but told us what they did have and directed us to a chalk board just behind the bar that was up to date. The selection was pretty good. They had a few regulars available on tap, plus a limited release and a super limited release. Also they had pours of Heart of Darkness available, so that was a huge plus. Flights are offered at pretty reasonable prices. Full pours were in line with expectations. The only drawback I had during my visit was that the bottle selection for take out was a bit small. They only had 3 to choose from and they were unfortunately ones I can get regularly. I was hoping to bring home some of the more limited things, but either way, I left happy. The mead here is world class. The servers know their stuff, and the vibe is comfortable and relaxed. I can’t ask for much more than that. I hope to make it here many more times.
Stopped in after dinner on a Saturday and found they had 6 meads to try. Very pleasant place with great beverages. Staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Great place with unique beverages. Bought a case to take home.
World class place. Comfortable, upscale vibe. Could spend a lot of time here. Parking was a bit of a challenge. Friendly, helpful staff. Small food menu but the corned beef sliders I had were excellent. Meads are available in house and to go. Expensive for sure, but, the quality here is exceptionally high. Essential stop.
Definitely a top 5 meadery in the world. Almost everything they make is outstanding, especially if you are a fan of super sweet mead. They usually offer around 5-10 of their meads at once and will do flights of similar meads together for a reduced price. Food is basic, but good, and pairs well with their offerings. Service is great, but the place is small so it can be crowded during busy hours.
I like the wine bar vibe on the main street sort of thing. If you drive on 9 mile road with Seger’s Main Street playing on your stereo then you’re pretty close. Yeah it’s pricey. It’s also some of the best mead in the world and the staff are very personable. I wish there mead was available closer to home.