The newest venture from Sean Heather and Scott Hawthorn, Bitter serves domestic and import beer in all sizes and types from tasters to pitchers along with a rustic menu of weisswurst, smoked sausage, house sauerkraut, currywurst, whole smoked ham hocks, pickled onions, scotch eggs and more.
I've been meaning to try Bitter for a while and I finally made it. The first thing you notice when walking in is that its a very large open space with vaulted ceilings and a giant bank of refrigerators stocked with all types of beer. My kind of place.
I ordered a couple beers that they had on tap and I enjoyed both of them: Switchback IPA and a Renew Ale ESB. For a pre-game snack, I had the Bitter tasting platter which includes farmer sausage, a generous portion of Dubliner cheddar, and smoked mackerel. The standout for me was the mackerel which was not too fishy and had a nice smoky flavour, but not too strong. Overall the food paired nicely with beer.
I will return when I am in the mood for good beer and some snacks.
Good room and great service/beer, but the food is not that great. It's okay but certainly not great or even really good. The chicken and biscuits was just some shredded chicken bits and again it was not super warm. The seasoning was also totally void and no one came to ask us if it was good (nor did we get the opportunity to offer or feedback) on the meal overall. Also, for the type of food and the fact that I think it's just reheated, it is sort of expensive. The dessert however was really good. It was not described to us as something that would even be tasty and apparently the staff was 50/50 on the dessert themselves but we said what the heck. Turns out it was way better than it was described. It was like a banana cream pie panna cotta.