Low, Slow & Juke
Time Out says
You’ve got to admire the enthusiasm of the team that have relaunched this Yates’ pub (formerly the Abbey) as a Deep-South-themed bar and restaurant. Rather than saying ‘let’s just shove a bit of pulled pork on the menu and be done with it’, they’ve gone the whole hog, offering everything from pulled pork, ribs and wings to lesser-seen bratwurst and brisket, plus lemon meringue and whoopie pies for pud: someone has done their homework. But no amount of bought-in Americana-through-the-ages and upbeat jukebox tunes can distract you from the fact that the food, when it arrives, is pretty poor. Barbecue ribs had good flavour but were too tough; slaw was crunchy but drowning in mayo; mac ’n’ cheese was stodgy and dry. As for cocktails, there’s selection of ‘smoky’ options, all with a thin glass lid, whisked away at the table to release the smoke: a nice bit of a theatre, certainly, but the concoctions themselves lacked finesse.
But service was good natured and the room buzzy with groups of after-hours office workers, many of whom had done the smart thing and stuck to cold bottled beers. I suggest you do, too.
1 Abbey Orchard St
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Have to admit the cocktails were quite good but the food did not match up. We both had the beef brisket which came in little sliced pieces, the sauce was acceptable but the meat was just not amazing. It was tough and a bit bland, not very beefy at all, which was a shame. Service was sloppy at best but couldn't blame the waitress as it seemed quite understaffed. I did wonder why it was half empty on a Friday night.
The deco of this place is very well done but it's the quality of food and service that will keep people coming.
Can't really agree with Time Out on this one - especially the line about the cocktails. As someone who loves cocktails I was quite excited by the cocktail menu here. I think the cocktails are well made and have creative flavours. The 'smoked' aspect of it is a nice touch and is something different, which is nice. Also - the mac and cheese was great when I had it. I make mac and cheese from scratch at home and is one of my favourite dishes - so I'm usually picky. Was pleasantly surprised. The chicken wings are also amazing. I would definitely recommend.
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