english brown bar feel. average british-style beer, one or two on cask. sports crowd watching television. never felt the need to go back after the first visit.
Boudicca (1232) London, England | October 12, 2013| Updated December 15, 2014
The Fiddler is a huge place in a prime location in the centre of Den Haag - a corner spot with large windows overlooking what I think of as a typically Dutch urban scene (a church, a cobbled street, tramlines, bicycles, geraniums and trees; only the canal was missing). It used to be a Firkin pub, possibly the only European one outside the UK. It’s still billed as an English pub and as these simulacrums of English / Irish / Scottish pubs go, it’s not bad. Not unexpectedly, there’s a red telephone box; also a mannequin playing a double bass in a punt, a collection of wooden barrels and a little balcony set up for a small orchestra. You get the idea. They brew English style ales which are passable and there’s a very good bottle list as well as a fairly extensive food menu in English with Dutch translations. There was an advert for bar staff and we noticed that one of the requirements was fluency in both English and Dutch.
(Last visited 25 September 2014).
Fin (1162) 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.
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.
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.
Nice interior, roomy and spacious. OK service. 7 taps: Jupiler, Hoegaarden, Franziskaner, Strongbow, Guinness, Hertog Jan and Palm. 113 bottles (says on the wall). No cask (at the moment). OK prices. Football on the big screen. Free Wi-Fi.
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.
It looks like what you expect from a (large) English pub, with a lot of wood (floors and walls, wallpaper, quite stinky, with pitiful toilets. Pleasant service. Their own beers are not very good, but at least they have a long bottle list.
Visited in september 2014, with beery friends. Placed in the city center, rather easy to find. Huge place, lots of seatings, both inside and outside. They do samples ( very, very small ones ). The beers were not served in the best condition, but will give it a go another time, being in the area..