This bar has taken an extremely promising new direction by billing itself as a "burger & beer" bistro. I dropped by with my girlfriend for dinner and we were both impressed with the food, drinks, and atmosphere.
Had the Mill Street Burger (topped with a "Coffee Porter cheese sauce"), Caesar Salad, Spicy Thai Chicken Bites, and Greek Garden Salad. Everything was very fresh, tasty, and affordable. I'm guessing the food will always be good because the owner also operates a gourmet catering business.
They've expanded their draught list to 11 craft taps and I believe the current lineup is Railway City Black Coal Stout, Honey Mild, and Dead Elephant Ale, Flying Monkeys Netherworld CDA and Hoptical Illusion APA, Mill Street Vanilla Porter, Tankhouse Ale, and Organic Lager, Lake of Bays Rousse and Mocha Porter (the latest additions), and Steam Whistle Pilsner. The complete absence of macro draughts is a definite plus. My pints of Black Coal and Netherworld were in fine form and the lady liked her sauvignon blanc.
Beyond all of this, there seems to be fundamentally decent people running and patronizing this place. It's not a traditional beer geek enclave in that the crowd is pretty eclectic and there's almost always a live performance going on, but I personally enjoy the welcoming, off-beat vibe.
With a simple and cohesive theme, solid food menu, and the third-largest micro tap list in the city, Brennan's
is well-positioned to become one of the better beer spots in London. Even though it's probably wishful thinking at this point, I'd love to see them re-vamp their bottle menu to an all-craft line-up, as this would make me visit much more often. In the meantime, I'm just happy to have another decent local option for quality beer and food.
"Bar people do not live as long as vegan joggers. However, they have more fun." - Bruce Elliott