Pub Royale — come for the food, stay for the beer

Photo courtesy Reilly Drew

I enjoy surprises, particularly favorable ones. I found out about Pub Royale while perusing places to eat near Fatpour before the Revolution Brewing party in January. Little did I know this Indian/British establishment is a beer lover’s paradise.

That ambience though

Upon entry, I was welcomed and immediately took in all the grandeur. There are many notable details including Indian masks, exposed brick, unique lighting, and stuffed peacocks overseeing the bar. I highly recommend arriving early so you can feast your eyes on more than your plate.

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Couldn’t pass up a rare beer

While looking over the menu, my server suggested I start with a beer. I explained that I was heading to a heavy-duty beer event after dinner so I didn’t think it wise. I took a peek at the menu, which convinced me it wouldn’t hurt to do a four-ounce pour given it was a rare beer from Half Acre. Big Hugs is an Imperial Coffee Stout that is coffee-forward with notes of cocoa. 

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Beer board

Pub Royale has a fun, sophisticated beer board giving customers updates on new arrivals. This is a good idea since they offer 24 wide-ranging taps including several cider options. All drafts are available in a four-ounce glass to make your taste buds dance to a different tune.

Mouthwatering food

I wholeheartedly had one of the best meals of my life here. I chose the Fall Dal Curry after careful consideration and feedback from my terrific server. While I love traditional Indian food, it’s a bit rich at times. Pub Royale’s food is on the non-traditional side. My dish consisted of mixed lentils, parsnips, rutabaga, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. It was flavorful and light with an attractive presentation.

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While I’m a few years late to the game, I’m elated that my preview party led to the discovery of this fantastic pub! Come for the food, stay for the beer.

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