Filed Under: Booze
UPDATE [03jan10]: Here's the full photo tour of The Dandelion's now-completed interior.
Quasi-crashed a staff beer tasting at The Dandelion
, Stephen Starr
's English-minded pub at 18th and Sansom, and snagged a handful of pics of the still-very-much-under-construction interior.
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Set (at this point) to open the week after Christmas, the space is a combination of what was Mantra
and the former Stiletto
shoe store, meaning it's huuuge
. It's spread out over six distinct rooms on two floors; they aim to have a stroll through The Dandelion feel like a walk through a rich old person's home, if that rich old person's interior designer was Shawn Hausman
(Butcher & Singer, Parc
). Many design elements have been brought over from England, from wall paint and tiling to rugs and upholstered bar stools. Above, check out a few shots of what's being referred to informally as "the dog room," since it's decorated from end to end with canine-related artwork and tchotkes (doggy curtains, too!)
The servers and barstaff, under the tutelage of SRO beverage manager Jay Willard
, tasted through a bunch of beers off the bottle/can list, which includes UK standbys (Boddington's, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale, Belhaven Wee Heavy), other Euro fare (Weihenstephaner hefeweizen, Triple Karmeliet) and American crafts aplenty (Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale, Duck Rabbit Schwarzbier, Two Brothers Cane & Ebel). Drafts will be available in half pint (10-ounce) and full pint (20-ounce) glasses.
"Will this make me feel like junk in the morning?" one server asked of Naragansett, which someone else had compared to kill-the-case session beers like Lager or PBR. No way dude! Drink 12.
Food details we were able to glean (chef Robert Aikens
' menu is not yet finalized) they're still working on their burger, which could end up as a LaFrieda
production (they're testing multiple brands, grinds, etc.); they'll do traditional "Sunday roasts" (think whole organic roast chicken or a whole prime rib roast, plus sides) on Sundays and on bank holidays, as is traditional in the UK; and there are plans eventually to launch an afternoon tea, with a dainty menu of bites both sweet and savory. Speaking of snacks, here's what you might find on The Dandelion's bar menu upon opening:
- Roasted spiced bar nuts with rosemary
- Fish cakes with lemon garlic mayonnaise
- Deviled eggs
- Grilled Welsh rarebit
- British cheese board & Savoury biscuits
- Smoked salmon and Trout pate, Brioche toast
- Pickled beetroot jar with olive tapenade and goats cheese with sourdough toast
- Chicken and duck liver parfait, Grape Chutney, Cornichons, brioche toast
- Berkshire pork pate with wheat toast, celeriac remoulade and shallot pear chutney