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momoftwo Aug 17, 2010 05:15 AM

There is a new arm of the BBC opened in Westford, years ago, on vacation, we frequented the Falmouth location. it was conveneint, kids loved the pizza and it was pretty tasty. I think that was before there were other locations (chainified) has anyone been recently, is it still a bit above the standard chain experience? It seems chains are the majority of options in the Westford area.

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    LStaff Aug 17, 2010 05:43 AM

    I would be surprised if they serve anything that didn't come from a box, bag, can, jar or bottle. Framingham location is the pits food/service wise - and completely full parking lot - so I guess someone likes it.

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    1. re: LStaff
      Gordough Aug 17, 2010 01:43 PM

      as for the full parking lot in Framingham, I live down the street and drive by frequently. My wife and I are convinced that this place as well as Big Papi's down the road have a deal with local car dealerships to park cars in the lots at night so it looks full. There is no way the British Beer Company has a completely full parking lot at 5:15pm on a Monday. Also, the one time we tried Pig Papi's the lot was full and when we went inside, MAYBE 30% of the tables were occupied.

      1. re: Gordough
        brandywiner Aug 17, 2010 03:21 PM

        The less conspiracy-minded explanation is simply that, at 5:15 on a weeknight, most of the patrons are dropping by and/or meeting up after work, and thus arrived in separate cars. Can't speak for Framingham, but that's certainly the way it is in Walpole.

    2. okra Aug 17, 2010 08:15 AM

      I've been to the Walpole location on a few occasions, and the food is largely forgettable. Pretty much every crappy appetizer a laminated menu could contain. Even the beers seem way overpriced.

      But, if you get to go to the Plymouth location, by all means go (for the beers, and ambiance). It is what a real british pub is like!

      The British Beer Company
      85 Providence Hwy, East Walpole, MA 02032

      British Beer Company
      6 Middle St, Plymouth, MA 02360

      1. brandywiner Aug 17, 2010 08:19 AM

        Since the original is in Plymouth, I assume that BBC was at least somewhat "chainified" by the time Falmouth opened....

        I'd say the phrase "a bit above the standard chain experience" captures it for me. Not wonderful, somewhat inconsistent, but usually decent. (This is based primarily on the Walpole location, which is convenient to where I'm working currently.) Certainly beats Applebee's, Friday's, and the like.

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          T.Clark Aug 17, 2010 09:35 AM

          There are two locations in Plymouth. The original Is in the downtown area and they don't serve food (other than bar snacks) It's the only one I like. I've been to the Pembroke, Falmouth and Cedarville (S.Plymouth) locations and they are far far different from the originals olde English pub feel, tiny in size with a claustraphobic second floor up a spiral staircase. One of my favorite spots in the winter, but on weekend nights it can be overun with a young douchy crowd.

        2. brandywiner Aug 17, 2010 08:21 AM

          P.S.: I took a peek at their website. Apparently, they've been ordered by the British Broadcasting Corporation to cease and desist use of the abbreviation "BBC"!

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          1. re: brandywiner
            LStaff Aug 17, 2010 08:42 AM

            Looks like they missed some.

            Interesting - wonder if Boston Beer Co. (or Berkshire Brewing Co, Bluegrass Brewing co., etc) have been given the same notice. At least there's enough BBC's to keep some lawyers busy in this weak economy.

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            Dinsdale45 Aug 17, 2010 01:46 PM

            Hey, I hate chains or mini-chains, but it beats the heck out of Applebees, and now I can get something better than Sam Adams outside of Lowell.

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              hargau Aug 17, 2010 03:48 PM

              Question is, is it better or worse than the 99 up the street. Applebees is a given, you couldnt pay me to eat there.

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                Beachowolfe Aug 17, 2010 04:34 PM

                doesn't get much better than the nines in this category.

                Popcorn & Cheez'n Crackers FTW!

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                  hargau Aug 17, 2010 04:40 PM

                  They charge for the cheez'n crackers now!
                  Everytime i go to the 9s i get the fish & chips with mashed/corn which is ok. You would think the BBC would have a decent fish & chips??

                2. re: hargau
                  Dinsdale45 Aug 18, 2010 09:29 AM

                  Beer-wise, it should be much better. The 99 caters to the Bud/Lite crowd. I'll grudgingly admit the 99 has decent "family" food, but that bar is always jammed, to the point that it's uncomfortable to pop in for a pint. My food expectations at these places are always dumbed-down a bit, anyway. I had an appetizer at the Walpole BBC that was OK, but I won't go there for the food.

                  1. re: Dinsdale45
                    LStaff Aug 18, 2010 12:52 PM

                    If you like the bigger name English brands, Dogfishead 60 min, or Stone Arrogant Bastard, you should be all set. Buddy gave me report after visiting last night - said they also had a couple local beers - Nashoba Summer stout and Mayflower IPA.

                    1. re: LStaff
                      Dinsdale45 Aug 18, 2010 12:57 PM

                      Thanks. You wouldn't be a member of BeerAdvocate, would you?

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                momoftwo Aug 28, 2010 02:18 PM

                ok, so we are heading there tonight with teenage son...I'll report back

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                1. re: momoftwo
                  BellatrixStar Aug 30, 2010 02:05 PM

                  The one in Framingham is near my house and I've been three times now. 2 of 3 it was indeed crowded inside but we didn't have to wait for a table either.
                  My mother has taken her best friend who is from Coventry and she just raves about it because apparently their Brit dishes are very authentic. They have an extensive beer selection too. The rest of their food is kind of like a hodge podge and trying to include something for everyone. I do like the "make your own mac 'n' cheese". It is a chain but definitely a notch above Applebee's and the like.

                  85 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876

                  1. re: momoftwo
                    momoftwo Aug 31, 2010 09:06 AM

                    Lets see, we had a 45 minute wait, which we were warned of but there was room to sit near the entrance and have a beer while we waited. I had the wachusett blueberry, it was fine. They said they are not doing call ahead seating for the first month and no alcohol is allowed on the front patio so its basically just an outdoor waiting area. (leave it to the burbs!) I had the french dip which was very good, real steak sliced thin rather than deli roast beef. Everyone raved about the fries, I am not a fry eater so I can;t comment. Dh and DS had the bangers and mash which they proclaimed as excellent and cleaned their plates. DD had chicken fingers and said they were some of the best. BIL had the fish and chips, it looked wierd to me...a really flat filet but he said it was good. All in all I think way better than the 99.
                    We arrived at 5:45 and as I mentioned had a 45 min wait, within 10 mins of arriving others were being told 1:15 and 1:30 waits, lots of people left. We will go back. BTW, the help was very young and ineperinced but pleasant enough.

                    1. re: momoftwo
                      BoDubya Sep 1, 2010 08:23 AM

                      I've dabbled in the menu quite a bit. The steak tips are solid, good bar pizza (two for one Tuesdays at most locations) - it's really the only chainish place I ever go to. The beer list in Walpole and Framingham is improving - and 12 tap lines of Dogfish Head in Plymouth on Sept 11th - woop!

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                        T.Clark Sep 1, 2010 08:37 AM

                        Sept. 11th & 12th is the Plymouth Lions Club "The Thirsty Pilgrim Beer Festival". from the looks of it L.Knife, a local beer distributor, is sponsoring the event. Julius Echter, Spaten, Sam Octoberfest, Wachusett Octoberfest and Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale. A short walk toward the waterfront from the BBC. Food too I guess. I think there's an oompah band.

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                    Dinsdale45 Sep 17, 2010 10:32 AM

                    Ugh. I finally tried this place since I could actually find a parking space. The place has been slammed for a month, suggesting that the area really needed ANY type of after-work hangout spot. The place was filled with (what looked to be) middle-aged software people from the nearby office parks. I just wanted a couple of pints, and I thought I'd order some of their "comfort food" for my family. The stout and bourbon ribs were 5 hunks of meat cut down from the bone to resemble meat popsicles. They were OK, but there wasn't much to them. The "bangers and mash" were more like franks and beans, with 3 small sliced, grilled sausages on top of a dollop of spuds swimming in canned baked beans. The mac and cheese was probably done better at the now defunct Applebee's, and was nothing more than a big scoop of dry, barely cheesy shells with some breading. Granted, this was take-out, and some entrees are bound to suffer, but I thought they would at least do comfort food in a way that was decadently appealing. The fried stuff, fish and chips, or burgers I saw coming out around me looked a little better, but were pretty much standard commercial pub fare. I wasn't even expecting much, but they couldn't even pass the lowered bar.

                    BTW, for a place only open a month, the beer tasted like the lines were dirty, or that they were serving their Fullers and Youngs through Applebee's old Harpoon lines.

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