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heatherfields Oct 22, 2008 09:25 AM

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!

  1. pondrat Oct 22, 2008 01:00 PM

    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.

    12 Replies
    1. re: pondrat
      chickendhansak Oct 23, 2008 09:26 AM

      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
        pondrat Oct 23, 2008 10:30 AM

        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
          Chrispy75 Oct 23, 2008 10:44 AM

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

          http://www.britishbeer.com

          1. re: Chrispy75
            pondrat Oct 23, 2008 11:09 AM

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

            1. re: pondrat
              Chrispy75 Oct 23, 2008 11:24 AM

              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
                pondrat Oct 23, 2008 02:00 PM

                Got it thanks !!

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

          2. re: chickendhansak
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            heatherfields Oct 27, 2008 07:32 AM

            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
              pondrat Oct 27, 2008 10:51 AM

              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

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                heatherfields Oct 29, 2008 12:27 PM

                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
                  pondrat Oct 29, 2008 02:16 PM

                  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
                    okra Oct 30, 2008 06:44 AM

                    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?

                    Thanks

                    1. re: okra
                      BoDubya Oct 30, 2008 01:24 PM

                      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.

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            Christina216 Oct 22, 2008 10:36 AM

            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!

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              HubFlyer Oct 22, 2008 09:40 AM

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