This Is Framingham

This Is Framingham
Life in the 'ham


August 10th, 2008

Tonight we went to check out the now open British Beer Company.  We went around 4:45pm and there was going to be about a 15 minute wait unless we sat in the bar area, which was fine, so we sat there.
It is pretty much what I expeted it to look like in there, kind of like the old Desmond O’Malley’s, with a lot of dark wood and dimly lit atmosphere.

The beer menu is extensive with a wide variety of British and non-British beers in bottles and on tap.  I asked the server about two particular beers and she said I could taste for myself and brought over two samples of the beer I was asking about.   That was great because one was much better than the other so I ordered a pint of the Hobgoblin Ale (in a Blackthorn glass), which I highly reccomend. 

Ethan just got a gin and tonic (not worth photographing) and we both got fish and chips so I just took a picture of mine:

The fish and chips comes with fries, 3 giant onion rings, coleslaw and a gravy boat full of tartar sauce.
Everything was really good although the fries tasted like common fries that are used in a few different restaurants but the onion rings seemed to be home made. ???? ??????   The coleslaw was a bit mayo-heavy but good and the fish was great.  It seemed to be fresh fish and was perfectly moist and flakey inside it’s crunchy beer-batter case. ????? ???????? ?? ?????? 2024   This grainy photo doesn’t do it justice but it was very good.

I probably won’t go back for a little bit just to let the crowds die down, the lobby was full of waiting people when we left around 6pm and as someone already said, ther bar was packed on a weeknight.  I hope it has at least one slow night that would be good to go enjoy a few beers with friends with out as much noise, but I may just be gun shy of crowded bars from my past life as a cocktail waitress.
I think the BBC is a great addition to Route 9 and I’m looking forward to going back and trying the Chicken and Leek Pie. ???? ???????


  1. We also went last night for a birthday dinner. I agree that the fish was great. The ribs were also melt-off-the-bone. I had the Fuller’s Porter to drink which was very nice if you like the darker beers. It was very busy last night, and they were warning some people of an up to an-hour-and-45 wait. I suspect that in a few weeks it will die down and just be one of the many options in the area, but as I like the style of food and drink, may be a regular for me.

    Comment by Chad August 10, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

  2. We ALSO went yesterday, but right at the 11:30 AM open for lunch. It got busy very quickly. I’m a beer snob, so we’ll definitely be back though, and I think the place has completely killed off John Harvard’s for us. I also had the Hobgoblin and enjoyed it. As a follow up, I went with the Erdinger which was WAY better than I expected.

    Comment by Scott August 10, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  3. the hubby and i went last weekend – on a sunday night at almost 9pm, we had a 15 minute wait. definitely unusual for a sunday, but clearly people have been waiting for this place.

    i had the pot roast w/roasted veggies – yummy! and my hubby had the steak and blue cheese wrap – he was also pleased.

    there wasn’t a beer menu on the table, but i was under the impression that it was either supposed to live at the table (and someone took it home) or they were supposed to bring it with the menus.

    didn’t get to hear about desserts, but specifically asked about bread pudding. i was disappointed to hear that they don’t have it. 🙁

    i’ll definitely go back, hopefully the crowds die down a bit.


    Comment by erin August 11, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  4. I’ve only been to the one in Hyannis on the Cape. They do a really good turkey sandwich that tasted very fresh.

    Comment by Boston Cube August 11, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  5. The Hobgoblin is great, but the Green King IPA can be taken or left as preferred (too mild). Their prime rib is excellent, much better than any other chain, not quite as good as Ken’s though.

    Last Saturday noon you can walk right into the bar, though the dining area was filling up fast. Now why can’t all Chili’s go out of business and be replaced with BBCs?

    Comment by Ray August 11, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

  6. Went there on Friday night. Having been to the one on the cape, we were pretty sure with what to expect. Even though we got there at 6, it was packed (we figured it would be crowded, but not THAT much). After a half hour wait, they gave us a seat at a table near the bar. It was so loud there that we weren’t able to talk without screaming. After pondering a few minutes, we asked if we could have a seat in the dining room instead. After a few more minutes, we did manage to get another table.

    Dinner was just fine, though our appetizers came out after the dinner came out. Though they were nice and did take them off the bill. Our Waitress was great, though, and helped make up for it.

    It was disappointing, but with the place being new, and we do know that the Cape on is consistently good, we’ll come back, but after a few months to let the crowds die down.

    Comment by Jason B. August 12, 2008 @ 10:41 am

  7. We went a couple of weeks ago and it was definitely good enough to try again. The appetizer menu is huge, so it was hard to decide what to get. We went with the nachos which were very good. They were out of almost half of the beers on tap, which was disappointing. The waitress also spilled a beer on my back because she was rushing around too fast. My husband got the “Bangers and Mash” which was delicious. I got the Chicken and Leek “Pasty,” and while it was OK, I wouldn’t recommend it. I think service was the weakest point, so I agree about waiting a while for them to work out the kinks before you go.

    Comment by Alisa August 12, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  8. Well, if we must have chains on Route 9, let it be a local one as good as BBC. As another beer snob, and former homebrewer, beer judge, and beer journalist, I’m looking forward to the BBC’s beer list.

    I went to their Plymouth location once about 12 years ago after taking my daughter to the children’s museum across the street (she was about 4 years old). We sat at the bar and the bartender served her a pint glass of milk while Dad had a malt beverage. Hadn’t seen such a family friendly pub since I was in London; hope they haven’t gone too corporate!

    Comment by Brett August 12, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

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