The Brewery (or ‘Brewery Quarter’ thanks to a recent rebrand) hasn’t had a real food-revelation since Nandos came to town when the whole development launched. With more failed businesses than successful (Burger Burger anyone?) The Brewery desperately needs a shot in the arm ahead of the expansion to join it to the high street.
In May, Brewhouse & Kitchen landed offering a monster list of ales and a casual menu of burgers, steak and other American-influenced options. Although officially a chain (14 others nationwide, including Gloucester, Poole and Dorchester) Brewhouse has quirky uniqueness about it, whilst maintaining a comfortable atmosphere. The staff are friendly, and seemingly happy to talk through menu and ale options.
Following a great choice of appetisers, the main menu is a mostly-meaty affair (Helen pointed out that they’d narrowed the selection from what they’d previously had in Gloucester which she found disappointing). We chose a classic burger and chili-dog with thick cut chips – which could easily pass as roast potatoes (a major plus). Everything was perfectly in order, and reasonably priced. Traditional folk might tut at some of the serving plates being swapped for wooden boards and skillets, but you’ll forgive when you taste the food.
We’re happy to report that The Brewery once again has a burger joint to be proud of, and a decent meeting place for an ale or two. Now, if they can just get rid of Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquittos…