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Selection: 5 | Service: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Food: N/Adorandbob's (272) Overall Score: 91.7
The modern brick exterior of the larger complex that houses this pub makes the altogether different impression on entering quite surprising. This place truly has the feeling and most trappings of a traditional, non-upscale, dimly lit, British pub. The walls and ceiling are rough, yellowish plaster and black (OK, it’s painted, not aged oak, but hey), pseudo-rough hewn beams, and dark-wood wainscoting. The floors are slightly warped planks (due to many layers of paint?).
There’s a large dining section with two large windows and narrow, dark wood free-standing picnic tables with padded wooden stools. The quite large bar area has small wooden-topped, cast iron tables, with Queen Anne style wooden chairs. Tiffany lamps and wall sconces light both sections.
The bar itself is fairly long, made of wood, lined by tall padded chairs, and has a brass foot rail. The bar back is dark wood with liquor bottles, beer (cask and regular) taps, and a Tiffany-style glass hood. Above the bar is a wooden structure that holds wine glasses and is decorated in front by neon signs, beer coasters, and a string of flashing Christmas lights.
At the back in a corner are two dart boards and the walls are decorated with beer paraphernalia (mirrors, small framed prints, metal beer signs) as well as British-themed prints (Queen Elizabeth, officers on parade, ships, etc.).
The beer list is almost completely not British, however. It’s a very impressive list of craft beers from Oregon, Washington, and California and an imported beer or two.
Overall, it’s well worth visiting. (And just for the record, all Oregon pubs are now non-smoking!)
reviewed on: 2012-03-18 16:18:26