Opening back in April of this year, The Beer Engine is a welcome addition to the pub scene towards the bottom end of London Road. Formerly known as Delaney’s Music Bar, Tom Harrington has breathed life back into the venue with a key focus on craft beer, spirits and good food ranging from tasty tapas dishes to full Sunday roasts. Oh, and it’s also a mere stroll from Exposed HQ – very convenient indeed.
After a warm welcome, we indulged in a lengthy peruse of the wonderful selection of draught beers, ales and ciders before being shown to our seats. Tom told us to get comfortable as he’d be bringing a “bit of everything” to the table.
True to his word, out came sharing dishes for pretty much everything on the menu: *deep breath* – toasted bread with olives and baba ganoush, chargrilled chorizo, jerk chicken wings, potato and leek croquettes, calamari with sweet chilli, merguez sausage and chickpea salad, chicken tagine, patatas bravas, grilled courgette salad, sweet potato fries, and just in case we wanted something else to pick at, roasted almonds, corn and broadbeans. Suffice to say, we were spoilt for choice and proceeded to work our way through the plethora of food at our disposal.
The chicken wings – Mama Smith’s special and highly acclaimed recipe – were an instant hit and lasted a matter of minutes before second helpings were ordered. Other stand-out dishes included the delicious chargrilled chorizo and the sweet grilled courgette salad. The atmosphere was buoyant as we chatted, picked at the various dishes and sampled some of the interesting tipples suggested by the ever-obliging staff.
Bar tapas – it’s the future! The Beer Engine seems to be going full steam ahead with its impressive selection of fancy finger food, interesting beverages and sociable atmosphere. Throw into the mix the welcoming beer garden out back and we can see this remaining a post-work favourite of the Exposed gang for a long time!
Mon – Thu: 4pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 12am – 12pm
Sun: 12am – 11pm
Mon- Fri: 4pm-7.30pm