I love the places you go in by chance & they turn out to be the best. This was not completely random- I heard good reviews & even added to our map - but it was far from the top of our list due to the fact we drink primarily Belgians & I wanted to visit a few of my old favorite spots. It was a cold and windy Friday afternoon, we were starving, & we were intrigued by the blue plaque outside. The Dandelion sort of just pulled us in and once inside it kept it's grasp on us all day long!
We started with the flight of cask ales - beers we would otherwise never have tried. However, this Pale Ale, the Bitter - they were so unlike anything we ever had - and this therefore began our journey to new beers. The place was packed for lunch but our preference is always the bar so we headed upstairs (after the hostess so kindly took my suitcase). They have done an amazing job of restoring an old brownstone into such a warm & inviting English pub. The amazing service never stopped. We had a wonderful and friendly bar tender (Kalen if my failing memory serves me correctly) who educated us on Cask Beers. He did a good job of directing us to other new beers, too. (Our favorite was in bottle&we had assumed this was what we would be drinking... but never once did we fall back on our comfortable standards....) We shared some mussels which were the best we had in the city.
As I always say, it is great service that makes a place earn an Excellent Review. It is what keeps you there for just one more drink - And this case I even finished my late afternoon with a Flip - a drink that to me at least was rather daring - & one I would never trust from just any bar nor made by just by any bartender. A level of trust needs to exist. It was only after watching & knowing I was in good hands that I ventured into a drink made with rum, beer, & an egg. Oh how delicious that was. By far, this pub that will be most remembered on that trip! Looking forward to returning.
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