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Oct 22, 2008 09:25 AM

British Beer Company in Framingham

Has anyone been to the British Beer Company in Framingham? I've been meaning to go, but the place seems packed whenever I drive by. I really, really want it to be good!

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    1. They have a good Beer selelction...the food is OK. I don't recommend getting any "American" food there like Nachoes. Good place to go if you're looking for an imported beer....lots of stouts!

      1. DON'T, I repeat DON'T go for the food !!!

        As impossible as it might seem their American food is actually worse than British food. And the British knock-off selections are even worse than that..especially the pasty pies !!

        That said, the beer selection is extensive and very good.

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        1. re: pondrat

          It doesn't seem impossible to me. There is excellent food to be found in British pubs.

          Do you know what British beers they actually have on tap?

          1. re: chickendhansak

            They have a long list that someone else may remember better than I.

            I think I recall London Pride... and definitely Tetley's., as that's one of the reasons I can't remember the others on the list.

            To your point in English PUB food I agree....especially some of the new gastropubs.

            1. re: chickendhansak

              Check out their site. It lists what is currently on tap at all of their locations.


              1. re: Chrispy75

                I see the "Cheers" link but can't seem to find the beer list.. Am I missing something ?

                1. re: pondrat

                  Click on "Our Menu" at the top and then on the left hand side, you will see "Beer Menu by Location" The locations are under that heading.

                  1. re: Chrispy75

                    Got it thanks !!

                    My UK visitors are always asking for the list so this is very useful.

              2. re: chickendhansak

                I agree -- I have had many good meals in the UK. I'm going to check the place out tomorrow night and I'll be sure to report back and let everyone know how it goes.

                1. re: heatherfields

                  I've had some excellent food in the UK too...Unfortunately Gordon Ramsey, Heston Blumentahl nor Jamie Oliver cook at the British Beer Company in Framingham

                  1. re: pondrat

                    Went to the British Beer Co. last night. It wasn't great, and it wasn't awful. I was really looking forward to spending some time reading the beer menu, and when I asked the waitress for a copy of it, she said they were "out of it." I thought this was a little odd. She said she would try to bring one by later, but she must have forgotten. So I got a Guiness, which was very good and smooth. The only problem was I asked for a pint, and the glass I was served was NOT a pint -- much smaller. Is it just me, or are a lot of places doing this lately?
                    For an starter, we ordered the "Royal Pupu," a sampling of assorted apps. The Panko green beans were really tasty; everything else was pretty much just OK (shrimp wontons, chicken wings, etc.).
                    I couldn't make up my mind about what to get and settled on the chicken and leek pasty. It was desribed as being chicken simmered with Irish bacon and a light gravy. I don't know if the restaurant was out of Irish bacon or what, but there was none to be found on my plate. The mashed potatoes were fine, but were described as "cheddar" mashed potatoes, and I struggled to find the cheddar taste in them, and could not find it. The veggies were some kind of a "veggie slaw," not awful, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again. We split a "Irish Cream" pie for dessert, which could have come from pretty much anywhere -- nothing special.
                    Throughout the meal the waitress returned serveral times and was pleasant and helpful (other than not having a beer menu). The restaurant was pretty crowded by the time we left.
                    I was pretty much underwhelmed by the meal. I found the whole "British" theme to be pretty annoying, little flags stuck into the mashed potatoes, flags all over the plate -- I GET IT -- the place is called the British Beer Company!

                    1. re: heatherfields

                      Almost exactly the same meal and the same experience I had on 3 visits.

                      It is correctly named the British BEER Company ! Food best not highlighted in the brand.

                      1. re: heatherfields

                        For a place that makes it's $$$$$$$$$ from the (overpriced, ahem) beer menu, being 'out of it', is inexcusable, no?
                        Also, can any of you knowledgeable beer folks verify that the beer engines that they use in this chain really pump the beer up, or is there a gas used?


                        1. re: okra

                          a cask conditioned beer would be pumped - anything else on tap would be gas.

                          in places like this - i usually ask what the freshest ipa on tap is 'cause i like the hoppy stuff.