Not so long ago my idea of a decent time was a Saturday night out to somewhere fancy followed by cocktails in a swanky bar.
How things have changed! Now my idea of bliss is a day out to a few pubs, picking up some lunch and snacks along the way.
This is mostly because of the canine addition to the family – my husband wants to take him EVERYWHERE – but also because I’m totally over the idea of a Saturday night out in town!
So, when planning what to do on my last Saturday off, it was pretty much a no-brainer that we’d end up on a pub crawl of some sort.
Having been into town a few times recently, we decided to head over to the Abbeydale Road end of town – mostly because two of our mates own the amazing Hop Hideout which is next to The Broadfield, but also because we can get a direct bus to the top of London Road from Hillsborough.
Food wise, we wanted to try somewhere new, but it had to be dog friendly so it made sense for us to eat at the first pub on our little crawl – The Beer Engine.
Located just behind Waitrose, The Beer Engine is light and bright with huge wooden tables – that are just begging to be filled up many, many plates of delicious tapas. Which is rather lucky coz that’s what’s on the weekly changing menu.
We kicked off with a Bad Seed session IPA which was well hopped and particularly tasty for a session beer.
Shortly after ordering, our food started to trickle from the kitchen to the table – one of the benefits of tapas is that sometimes the food never seems to stop coming!
Personal highlights were the pan fried chorizo – slightly crispy on the outside, but soft and delicious on the inside and cheddar croquettes which were cheesy and ever so slightly moreish. However, the standout plate for me was the goat’s cheese. Served with golden beets, grapes, poached pears and ajo blanco salad, this was something I’d expect to find in a smart restaurant and it guaranteed a return trip from us!
We rounded everything off with a few tasters from the keg end of the bar… Evil Twin Yin, Madhatter Red Rum and Cloudwater DIPA V3. I’m pretty sure that we’d only ever tried these in bottle before so it was good to get them on keg, although it was the very last of the DIPA so it wasn’t as clear as it perhaps should have been*.
So. It seems The Beer Engine has everything we need. Great food, beer, service and they’re dog friendly.
*I should point out that we weren’t charged for the DIPA on the basis that it wasn’t at its best.