New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Run by a chap from Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace, and taking its inspiration from the other side of the Atlantic, this stand-alone bar located in the basement of The Peacock is from the guys behind the Jones Wood Foundry on the Upper East Side. The bar is more casual than the clubby, upscale restaurant above, more pub-like in atmosphere (and décor, what with the abundance of wood, the salvaged doors and boards, the horse brasses on the wall, and the authentically naff bar stools).The main focus here is on beer which comes care of the Wells & Young’s & Greene King breweries in the UK and includes a number of quality English cask ales and a rotating guest beer programme. There’s a good range of spirits and wines available too and food is also English in influence, with traditional dishes like shepherds’ pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and a proper roast dinner on the menu, as well as a range of bar snacks and tasty things on toast, including potted rabbit, baked beans, pea and ham soup, Scotch eggs, a range of British cheeses and, for those with sweet teeth, hot buttered crumpets served with lemon curd, good hearty fare for chilly city nights.