After passing this place enough, we decided to try McWells. One of the first things you notice is that this is a very roomy establishment, but just configured a bit awkward. As I read in other reviews on other sites, the service here was decent and it was a very community / local oriented business, which I agree. People were getting off from work and tying a few down, there were several older couples littered throughout the place. Working men gathered at the front bar. It was still early in the day, but it looks like this place can do a fair amount of volume.
We took a look through and found that although the layout was odd, it was probably from the previous owners, so these current ones were not really at fault. The entry we took had a side room with a pool table, a dart board and some little machines with stuffed animal / crane apparatus in them. To the other side was a semi closed area with roughly a half dozen picnic table / booths. There was one side area with high top bar seats and tables. The carpets were older and dark green. The walls had the typical American sports bar decor / neon lights, but one corner struck our eye, which had "UK" on it, with a few photos under it. Turns out that the owners are English. Wishing they might have taken that direction a bit more and made this more of a pub type decor.
There is one other room behind the main bar, which contains another bar and loads of space for dancing and a live band. This room is used for bands, which apparently have a decent draw for them on the weekends. Would love to see this place during peak times to get a feel for it. Unfortunately we came earlier in the day when there not as many people.
As for the fare, there was no beer menu, so we chose some tired American beers and didn't bother seeing if there any English beer / ales / cider, etc. It appeared that there was a full bar, as well. The food was average, as expected in many pubs. We had read that the wings were the safest bet. For bar food, they passed. Tried several types, which were very hot (temperature) and fresh tasting. The only one that we may shy from in the future is the barbecue wings. They were baked wings, but with just what appeared to be barbecue sauce right out of a bottle. Go with the typical mild/hot sort of wings. Fish and chips were decent, too. They used haddock and the batter was good. The size of the portion was very impressive and it was not the typical overcooked mess that other places fail with or heavy on grease - just right.
With some investment and maybe some internal changes (room configuration), this place could be very nice. Nonetheless, there was nothing that will make us not return. Just one of those places that makes you wonder what it can do. Can't wait to see it get there, too.
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